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Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) scans the court on offense during the fourth quarter against Bowling Green State University on Feb. 24. Marable scored 6 points in the Huskies 63-60 defeat to Kent State University in the MAC Tournament Wednesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball eliminated by Kent State in MAC Tournament

By Lucas Didier, Sports Editor | March 15, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (15-16, 8-10 MAC) fell short in its upset bid against Kent State University (19-10, 13-5 MAC) as the Golden Flashes won 63-60. The Huskies are now 1-10 against the Golden Flashes since 2019, including a first round playoff...

Junior guard Laura Nickel (32) pushes through Miami University graduate student guard Jordan Tuff (1) while driving towards the paint. Nickel scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds off the bench in a 56-46 win over the RedHawks. (Courtesy of Miami Athletics)

Women’s basketball clinches MAC Tournament berth with win over Miami

By Lucas Didier, Sports Editor | March 7, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (14-15, 7-10 MAC) punched its ticket to the MAC Tournament as late three-point shooting and strong bench play led a 56-46 win over the Miami University RedHawks (8-20, 5-12 MAC). A 15-0 run from the Huskies to end the third...

Sophomore outside hitter Nazli Güvener (17), celebrates winning a point with teammate junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic (21), during Fridays match against the University of Toledo. The Huskies were eliminated from postseason contention after their 3-1 loss to Ball State on Friday. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Volleyball thwarted in 4 at Ball State

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

The NIU volleyball team kicked off its final road series of the regular season with a performance that extended a streak and ended dreams. Unfortunately for the Huskies, their losing streak extended and postseason dreams ended. NIU’s (8-20, 6-10...

Graduate student forward Sahara Zingano dribbles the ball past Kent State University defenders. The Huskies were defeated by the Golden Flashes in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament on Sunday. (Courtesy NIU Athletics)

Women’s soccer shutout in quarterfinals of MAC Tournament

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | October 29, 2023

NIU women’s soccer was shut out 3-0 by Kent State University in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament to end the Huskies’ 2023 season. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sadie McGill struggled to keep the Golden Flash offensive attack at bay, conceding...

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...

NIU sophomore gymnast Isabella Sissi completes her floor performance on Saturday at the Huskies’ Beauty and the Beast meet at the NIU Convocation Center. Sissi earned 9.875 points for her floor routine and second place all-around for the meet. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

Sissi named to All-MAC Tournament team

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | March 22, 2023

DeKALB – The Mid-American Conference announced NIU gymnastics sophomore Isabella Sissi as one of the 11 gymnasts on the MAC All-Tournament team Sunday.  Sissi scored  39.100 in the all-around competition, which was enough for sixth place in the...

Kim Goranson sitting in the crowd to support her son, senior guard Kaleb Thornton, during NIU Mens Basketballs Mid-American Conference tournament showdown against the Kent State University Golden Flashes on Thursday in Cleveland. Goranson drove from Bolingbrook, IL to see her son on the MACs biggest stage. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Huskie parents support their stars on the big stage

By Alex Crowe and Joseph Segreti | March 9, 2023

DeKALB – The Mid-American Conference basketball tournament in Cleveland brought people from all over the Midwest to watch NIU basketball.  Friends and family members of players were in attendance to watch their athletes play at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse,...

Kent State grad student forward Lindsey Thall (44) reaches toward NIU senior forward AJah Davis (25) for an incoming pass during the MAC Womens Basketball Tournament on March 8 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. (Joseph Segreti | Northern Star)

3-point barrage from Kent State eliminates Huskies from MAC tournament

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | March 8, 2023

NIU women’s basketball was defeated by Kent State University 75-68 Wednesday in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland.  Led by senior guards Katie Shumate and Clare Kelly, the Golden Flashes hit 11 of their 26...

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)

Top 8 teams prep for MAC tournament

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 5, 2023

DeKALB – The Mid-American Conference men’s basketball regular season came to an end on Friday. Of the 12 teams in the conference, the top eight are headed to Cleveland on Thursday for the MAC tournament. The games will be played from Thursday through...

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,...

NIU junior right side hitter Emily Dykes attacks the ball over the net during Wednedays Mid-American Confernec matchup between NIU and Western Michigan University at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dykes totaled 10 kills in the match as NIU lost in five sets, ending their chances of playing in the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament. (Courtesy WMU Athletics)

NIU’s playoff hopes spoiled by Broncos in regular season finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 16, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball’s 2022 season is officially in the books after losing its chance to play in the postseason thanks to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Western Michigan University Broncos on Wednesday in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Huskies entered...