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NIU junior Reagan Welch prepares to return a serve on March 9. Welchs singles win earned the only point for NIU womens tennis Sunday in a 6-1 loss to Western Michigan University. (Northern Star File Photo)

Women’s tennis routed 6-1 by Western Michigan

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | April 8, 2024

NIU women’s tennis (13-9, 2-4 MAC) won only two matches in the 6-1 defeat at the hands of Western Michigan University Broncos (13-6, 4-2 MAC).  One victory in singles matches and one doubles victory kept the Huskies from being swept, but the Broncos...

Redshirt freshman Dane Pardridge returns a punt from Western Michigan University on Tuesday. NIU football defeated the Broncos 24-0 to win its fifth game of the year. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies shut out Broncos in statement win

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 15, 2023

DeKALB – After a crushing 20-17 loss to Ball State University last week, NIU football (5-6, 4-3 MAC) bounced back on senior night at Huskie Stadium, cruising past the Western Michigan University Broncos (4-7, 3-4 MAC) 24-0 Tuesday. NIU dominated...

Senior goalkeeper Jakub Rojek stands in the goal ready to block a shot. Rojek turned away 9 Western Michigan shots in mens soccers 3-1 loss in the MVC semifinals on Wednesday in Kalamazoo. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

Men’s soccer eliminated from MVC Tournament

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | November 8, 2023

After heading to extra time, NIU men’s soccer was defeated 3-1 by Western Michigan University in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament, ending its season.  The Huskies struck first in the 63rd minute. Junior forward Zachariah Thomas found the back...

NIU junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic (21) jumps in the air for an attack against Eastern Michigan University during Thursday’s match at Victor E. Court. The Huskies return to action Tuesday for a matchup with conference powerhouse Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Ariyonna McGahee | Northern Star)

Huskies eye upset of top-ranked Broncos

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 16, 2023

The stage is set for a MACtion matchup featuring two of the conference’s top-five squads as NIU volleyball prepares for a brush with a conference powerhouse in enemy territory. The Huskies (8-12, 6-2 MAC) carry with them a three-games unbeaten streak...

Graduate forward Rodahn Evans screens the Kent State goalie during NIU hockeys game against Kent State University on Sept. 16. The Huskies fell to the Golden Flashes by a final score of 4-3. (Courtesy of NIU hockey)

Hockey falls in overtime thriller

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | September 30, 2023

KALAMAZOO – Another game resulted in another heartbreak for NIU hockey (0-4-2), who dropped an overtime thriller to sophomore forward Connor Braate and the rest of the Western Michigan University Stallions (3-4) by a final score of 3-2 on Saturday.  Braate,...

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...

Broncos spoil Huskies’ season finale

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | April 24, 2023

DeKALB – A rally during the closing matches wasn’t enough to complete a comeback as NIU women’s tennis lost 4-3 to Western Michigan University at Nelson Tennis Center in the Chick Evans Field House. NIU ended its season on three consecutive losses,...

Huskies struggle in singles, fall to Western Michigan

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s tennis took two out of the three doubles matches, but dropped its matchup with Western Michigan University (WMU) by a final score of 4-3.  The match with WMU Saturday was the 14th time this season that the Huskies took the first...

Junior right side hitter Emily Dykes jumps for an attack during Tuesday nights Mid-American Conference matchup between the NIU Huskies and the Western Michigan University Broncos. NIU bested the Broncos 3-2 in five sets to remain undefeated in conference play and extend its consecutive wins streak to seven games. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies topple Broncos in five-set thriller

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 27, 2022

DeKALB – All five sets were needed to determine the victor of Tuesday night’s Mid-American Conference matchup between NIU volleyball (10-3, 3-0 MAC) and the Western Michigan University Broncos (10-5, 2-1 MAC) at Victor E. Court. The Huskies successfully...

Senior Eugene German (center) runs to the right corner after handing off the ball to a sophomore Trendon Hankerson (back right) Feb. 7 during NIUs 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

NIU men’s basketball seeks seven straight versus Ball State

By Mike Knapp | February 10, 2020

Senior Eugene German (center) runs to the right corner after handing off the ball to a sophomore Trendon Hankerson (back right) Feb. 7 during NIU's 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

Mens basketball begins three-game home stand against Western Michigan

Men’s basketball begins three-game home stand against Western Michigan

By Jemea Green | January 25, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team will begin its three-game home stand 3 p.m. Saturday when it hosts the Western Michigan University Broncos. NIU improved its Mid-American Conference record to 3-3 with a 79-69 win over the Kent State University...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, secures the ball Tuesday after a handoff against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Through adversity and distractions, Huskies close season with hard-fought win

By Mike Knapp | November 29, 2019

I’ll be honest — as a grown man with over three decades of adult life experience, usually when I hear the words adversity and distractions as applied to sports teams, I tend to cringe.I mean, I’ve lost my dad. I’ve also lost two of my siblings....