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Graduate forward Sahara Zingano (22) speeds toward the Toledo goal with control of the ball. On Sept. 24, the Huskies tied with Toledo 1-1. (Melody Elbel | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer falls to Bobcats, extend winless streak

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | September 28, 2023

DeKALB – A first-half offensive onslaught from Ohio University helped the Bobcats extend the Huskies’ winless streak to seven. The Bobcats defeated the Huskies 3-1 Thursday. After scoring in the second minute of the game, the Huskies could not...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi throwing a pass to a teammate against Boston College on Sep. 2. The Huskies defeated the Eagles 27-24 in overtime. (Gaelen Morse | NIU Athletics)

Offensive concerns persist, NIU loses big against Nebraska

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 17, 2023

DeKALB – Offensive woes persisted as NIU football (1-2) dropped its away matchup to the University of Nebraska (1-2) in a 35-11 blowout on Saturday. The Huskies' offensive struggles extended into Saturday’s game, as they scored just 11 points,...

NIU junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo digs up a ball during Friday’s match between the NIU Huskies and the University of Dayton Flyers. The Huskies went on to fall in three sets to UNI Tournament host University of Northern Iowa on Saturday, ending the weekend with a 2-1 record in the tournament. (Logan Colglaizer | UNI Athletics)

Huskies collared by Panthers in non-conference closer

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 16, 2023

One day removed from a crushing defeat followed by a resounding win to open the UNI Tournament, NIU volleyball was forcefully brought back to earth by a “Northern” foe. NIU’s post-win fire was extinguished by an overpowering performance by the...

Junior infielder Andre Demetral (1) leads off first base during NIU baseballs home opener against Ohio on March 24. The Huskies lost the game by a final score of 11-2. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Baseball drops eighth straight contest in loss at Illinois State

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2023

DeKALB – A disastrous bottom half of the third inning for the Huskies where five Illinois State runs scored and stretched their lead to 8-5 led to NIU’s eventual loss.  NIU baseball (7-32, 4-13 MAC) dropped its eighth straight matchup Wednesday,...

NIU freshman utility player Danielle Stewart (22), at bat, watches the ball fly after swinging during the Huskie Softball game against Central Michigan University on April 1 at Mary M. Bell Field in DeKalb. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies fall to Broncos after late rally comes up short

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | April 25, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball’s (21-22, 10-10 MAC) comeback bid fell short, losing 7-6 to the Western Michigan University Broncos (15-22, 9-9 MAC) Tuesday. A complete game from junior pitcher Rissa Bajusz helped the Broncos win the first of the three-game...

NIU junior shortstop Andre Demetral (1) rounds to third base after stealing second base in the bottom of the first inning. Demetral scored off of a hit by junior first baseman Colin Summerhill, earning the Huskies their first run of the game and setting the score 3-1. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Baseball’s high-scoring comeback attempt falls short

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | April 19, 2023

DeKALB – Poor pitching caused NIU baseball’s (7-27, 4-10 MAC) comeback bid to fall short in a rainy, seven-inning weekday game at Ralph McKinzie Field against the Illinois State University Redbirds (11-21, 2-10 MVC) by a final score of 18-11 Wednesday.  After...

Junior infielder and outfielder Andrew Smart (27) takes a practice swing while on-deck during NIU Baseballs home opener for the season. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Offensive struggles continue as Huskies fall to Xavier

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | March 31, 2023

DeKALB – A five-run first inning gave Xavier University all the offense it needed in its three-game series-opening victory over NIU baseball Friday by a final score of 8-3.  The Huskies (5-19, 2-7 MAC) have now lost four of their last five games...

NIU graduate forward Emma Carter (24) looks for a pass during the Huskies’ home basketball game against Mid-American Conference rival Miami University at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball falls to Kent State in season finale

By Eddie Miller, Assistant Sports Editor | March 4, 2023

DeKALB –Turnovers plagued NIU women’s basketball (16-3, 8-10 MAC) in a 73-58 loss to Kent State University (20-9,12-6 MAC). Despite the loss, NIU clinched the No. 5 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Kent State was in control of...

Huskies drop final game of weekend series

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | February 19, 2023

DeKALB – NIU baseball’s cold bats persisted as they could only muster one run in the final game of the opening season series against the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles.  The Huskies could not find their first win in the weekend series against...

NIU sophomore guard David Coit (11) steps back while being defended by two Ball State University players during Saturdays game at the Convocation Center. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Ball State buries Huskies thanks to three-point parade

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | January 29, 2023

DeKALB — Ball State University took down NIU Saturday afternoon 87-69 in dominant fashion, snapping the Huskies’ three-game win streak.  The Cardinals used the deep ball to their advantage, knocking down 13 of their 28 three-point attempts. Ball...

Baseball wins two out of three games over weekend

By Brian Earle | April 7, 2013

Baseball continued its strong play as it won two out of three games against Central Michigan this weekend. The Huskies (11-18, 6-3 MAC) suffered a 6-3 loss on Friday, but bounced back to defeat the Chippewas (12-18, 3-6 MAC) 7-2 on Saturday and 5-3 on...

Second baseman Alex Beckmann dives for a ball in NIUs 7-4 loss to Illinois State.

NIU baseball crumple under Illinois State

By Andrew Singer | April 6, 2011

DeKALB | Walks and wild pitches characterized a 7-4 loss to Illinois State for the NIU baseball team at Ralph McKinzie Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies (10-15 overall, 4-2 MAC) didn’t record their first hit until the sixth inning, and that didn’t...