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Senior Olivia Lynd and the rest of the Huskie gymnasts make their entrance to a Jan. 13 meet against Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. NIU gymnastics is set to compete in a tri-meet against Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University on Sunday. (Courtesy of Dena Martz)

Back in black: Huskies to host CMU, EMU in home opener

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | January 25, 2024

DeKALB – Fresh off a record-setting outing its last time out, NIU gymnastics prepares to host a pair of Michigan-based MAC foes in its first home showcase of the season Sunday. NIU (2-3-1, 1-0 MAC) will welcome defending conference champion Central...

Redshirt junior wide receiver Trayvon Rudolph receives a handoff during NIU footballs game against Eastern Michigan University on Oct. 22. The Huskies comeback bid fell short in a 37-31 loss to Central Michigan on Tuesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Football’s MACtion comeback falls short

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 1, 2023

DeKALB – After trailing 24-3 at halftime and 37-11 during the third quarter, NIU football (4-5, 3-2 MAC) was unable to complete a miraculous second half comeback, falling 37-31 to the Central Michigan University Chippewas (5-4, 3-2 MAC). With the...

The NIU women’s soccer team huddles together before their match against Buffalo. The Huskies clinched a MAC Tournament berth with a victory over the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Sunday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer defeats CMU, clinches MAC Tournament berth

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | October 22, 2023

A second straight shutout performance from NIU women’s soccer’s defense pushed the Huskies past Central Michigan University by a final score of 1-0. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sadie McGill kept the aggressive Chippewa attack at bay, as she recorded...

Central Michigan hands Huskies sixth straight loss

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | April 8, 2023

DeKALB – NIU baseball’s offense stalled out as the Huskies were shutout against the Central Michigan University Chippewas 7-0. The Huskies could not amass any runs in Friday’s daytime matchup against CMU, picking up just two hits throughout the...

NIU freshman utility player Danielle Stewart (22), at bat, watches the ball fly after swinging during the Huskie Softball game against Central Michigan University Saturday at Mary M. Bell Field in DeKalb. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies stage comeback to down Central Michigan

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | April 1, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball (15-14, 6-3 MAC) used a late-game comeback to defeat the Central Michigan University Chippewas (12-17, 2-4 MAC) 6-5 in Game 1 of a three-game home series Saturday. After Central Michigan jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, the...

Senior forward AJah Davis (25) looks for an opening to pass the ball in the first half of the game on Jan. 25. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Davis ties double-double record in victory over CMU

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior forward A’Jah Davis shined on Senior Day as she tied the school record for double-doubles and led her team to an 84-80 double overtime win against Central Michigan University. SENIOR DAY NIU celebrated Senior Day to give recognition...

Senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) tries to defend a shot from Broncos senior guard Lamar Norman Jr. during the Huskies matchup against the Western Michigan Broncos on Feb. 11 at the NIU Convocation Center. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Huskies clinch MAC tournament berth in win over Central Michigan

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | February 26, 2023

  DeKALB – A hot shooting first half propelled the Huskies to an 84-80 win over Central Michigan University. The Huskies shot 69% from the field in the first half to help punch their ticket to the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland,...

From left: Sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci, senior outside hitter Katie Jablonski, sophomore middle blocker Charli Atiemo and junior setter Ella Mihacevich prepare for a new rally against NJIT on Aug. 26. The Huskies took the match 3-0 as part of their first win at the Huskie Invitational. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Volleyball’s rally stalls in four-set defeat

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 4, 2022

DeKALB – A 22-14 lead in Friday’s deciding set wasn’t enough to keep the Huskies’ comeback hopes alive as the NIU volleyball team fell to the Central Michigan University Chippewas 3-1 at Victor E. Court. NIU started the match down big, trailing...

An NIU defender brings down Central Michigan University freshman quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr. during the first half of Wednesdays MACtion game between NIU and CMU at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU’s bowl hopes dashed by Chips in MACtion opener

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 2, 2022

DeKALB – NIU football’s bowl eligibility has gone up in smoke after falling 35-22 to the Central Michigan University Chippewas in Wednesday’s midweek "MACtion" matchup at Huskie Stadium. Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference showdown between...

NIU women’s basketball drops third straight game in loss to Central Michigan

By Quentin Wilson | February 23, 2020

DeKALB — Women’s basketball lost a nailbiter to the Central Michigan University Chippewas 70-66 for its third straight loss. “I felt like we had our chances against a really good Central Michigan team,” Head Coach Lisa Carlsen said. “I thought...

NIU men’s basketball stuns Central Michigan in overtime

By Mattieu Koetters | February 23, 2020

DeKALB — Men’s basketball is finally back to its winning ways following the Huskies’ victory over the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Saturday in a thrilling come-from-behind 82-81 overtime win.Led by a 23-point, 9-rebound performance from...