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Then-junior outfielder Eric Erato (5) watches a pop-up on April 8, 2023. Erato collected a hit in his 12th game out of his last 13 as NIU baseball lost 23-4 to the University of Toledo Thursday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies toppled by Toledo in 23-4 rout

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 28, 2024

Following NIU baseball’s (9-17, 5-5 MAC) 17-8 victory over Northwestern University on Tuesday, the Huskies offense was held to only four runs to open its series against the University of Toledo (12-13, 7-3 MAC). PITCHING MELTDOWN Freshman pitcher...

Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) scans the court on offense against Bowling Green State University on Feb. 24. Marable scored 19 points in a 74-61 loss to the University of Toledo Rockets Wednesday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies fall to Wiard-led Rockets in final home game of the season

By Eddie Miller, Assistant Sports Editor | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (13-14, 6-9 MAC) fell to the University of Toledo Rockets (22-4, 14-1 MAC) 74-61 in it’s last home game of the season.  Fifth-year guard Sophia Wiard paved the way for the Rockets, scoring 16 points and dishing...

Sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt (18) jumps to spike the ball over the net against the University of Akron on Oct. 27. The Huskies are looking to snap a five-game losing streak against Toledo this weekend. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies to host Rockets in final home weekend

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 3, 2023

The NIU volleyball team kicks off the final month of the regular season with its final weekend series played at Victor E. Court. NIU (8-17, 6-7 MAC) will host the University of Toledo (10-14, 8-5 MAC) on Friday and Saturday to close out its four-game...

Senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) looks to take an open pass to senior wide receiver Kacper Rutkiewicz (8) during the third quarter against Southern Illinois University on Sept. 9. The Huskies lost to Southern Illinois University 14-11. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Football comes up short in shootout

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 30, 2023

DeKALB – An offensive revival was not enough to grant a victory over the defending MAC champions as NIU football (1-4, 0-1 MAC) fell to the University of Toledo (4-1, 2-0 MAC) 35-33 Saturday.  For the first time this season, NIU scored more than...

Freshman forward Tyra King (5) heads the ball toward sophomore defender Angelina Briggs (9) and senior defender Abby Adams during the Huskies Sunday game against Toledo. On Sunday, the Huskies tied with Toledo 1-1. (Melody Elbel | Northern Star)

Huskies knot Toledo behind late Thompson goal

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 24, 2023

DeKALB – Senior defender Amara Thompkins played the savior for NIU women’s soccer with the equalizing goal in Sunday’s MAC battle in DeKalb. An assist from senior midfielder Madison Frazer enabled the Huskie veteran to boot her first goal of...

Then-freshman midfielder Aubrey Robertson in possession of the ball during the NIU womens soccer game Sept. 9th, 2022. The Huskies lost 3-0 to their opponent Western Illinois. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer bags first conference victory at Toledo

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | September 26, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU women's soccer team (4-3-2, 1-1 MAC) visited Toledo for their second game of league play, where they took a 2-0 victory. The win comes off of a 2-0 loss against Western Michigan University on Thursday. The two goals against Toledo...

Baseball walks 12 in loss

By Scott A. Nicol | March 22, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team scored the first run of the game Tuesday against the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but that was the only run it would score in a 12-1 loss in South Bend, Indiana.The Huskies (4-16) walked 12 Irish batters in their...

Senior guard Dontel Highsmith drives to the hoop in a Nov. 16 game against Idaho University. Highsmith finished Saturday’s game with 12 points and 71 percent shooting. 

Basketball retains first place in MAC

By Krystal Ward | January 30, 2017

NIU 74, Toledo 72DeKALB — Men’s basketball (13-8, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) maintained its first place in the MAC West Division after the team won a thrilling game against the University of Toledo Rockets (11-10, 4-4 MAC), 74-72, Saturday in Toledo,...

COURTNEY WOODSSophomore and junior guard

NIU defeats rivalry

By Danielle Brown | January 15, 2017

Courtney Woods, women’s basketball sophomore guard and forward, leads the team to victory in a Jan. 4 game against Bowling Green State University. NIU defeated Bowling Green 89-76 and is 5-0 in Mid-American Conference play. 

Football to play its first event at U.S. Cellular Field

By Scott Nicol | October 6, 2016

CHICAGO | Newly named Guaranteed Rate Field’s first event will not be a Chicago White Sox baseball game.Instead, NIU will host the first event: A Mid-American Conference rivalry game Nov. 9 against the University of Toledo Rockets.The game will be a...