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Freshman midfielder Aubrey Robertson in possession of the ball during the NIU womens soccer game September 9th. 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

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team (12-4, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) is off to its best start since 1993-94 after defeating the University of Toledo Rockets (12-4,3-2 MAC), 77-73.The Huskies nearly squandered a 17-point lead, but held on to seal...

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...

NIU football takes on Ohio Bobcats on road

By Danny Albers | November 17, 2014

Football will need to win a pair of games on the road — including one tonight — to stay in contention for its fifth-straight MAC West title.The Huskies (8-2, 5-1 MAC) take on the Ohio Bobcats (5-5, 3-3 MAC) 7 p.m. today at Peden Stadium in Athens,...

Redshirt junior center Pete Rakocevic cheers as the Huskies (13-14, 7-8 MAC) head toward an upset victory over the Toledo Rockets (23-5, 11-4 MAC), 74-66, last season in the Convocation Center. The crowd rushed the court following the win.

Men’s basketball knocks off MAC West’s best in home game

By Steve Shonder | February 26, 2014

Men’s basketball’s upset bid of the MAC’s best in the West ended with a court rush.The Huskies (13-14, 7-8 MAC) knocked off the Toledo Rockets (23-5, 11-4 MAC), 74-66, Wednesday at the Convocation Center. Coming into the game, Toledo was on a two-game...

Perez Ashford (7) takes a Wisconsin kickoff down the sidelines.

Ashford fought through injury to make comeback against Toledo

By Matt Hopkinson | November 19, 2012

The Northern Star recently caught up with senior wide receiver Perez Ashford, who returned to action in a big way in the Toledo game. Ashford has been battling injuries the last couple of weeks but caught five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in the...

Huskies used third quarter to power past Rockets

By Brian Earle | November 18, 2012

Going into halftime against Toledo with the score 14-7, NIU football trailed at the intermission for the first time this season. This didn’t phase the Huskies. In the third quarter, they went on to give one of their best offensive performances of the...

Key matchups: NIU vs. Toledo

By Matt Hopkinson | November 12, 2012

Martel Moore vs. Jermaine Robinson: Just one yard shy of setting a career high in reception yards, senior Moore has been the No. 1 receiver for NIU this season. With close to 750 yards on the season and eight touchdown receptions, Moore will have to come...

MAC Breakdown: Toledo, Kent State, NIU top dogs

By Matt Hopkinson | November 7, 2012

Kent State: Perhaps the biggest headline in the MAC East has been the play of the Golden Flashes. Riding a seven-game winning streak, they have gone unbeaten within the conference this season. Kent State features two running backs who each have more than...

Face off: NIU to play Toledo Wednesday

By Matt Hopkinson and Brian Thomas | November 7, 2012

Matt Hopkinson: Well, Brian, with the judgement day of NIU football looming, what do you feel is going to be the biggest factor for a Huskie victory come Wednesday night? I personally feel that the key factor will be for NIU to maintain possession of...