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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 Editor | 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

DeKALB — The one thing that  has sparked the men’s basketball team’s six-game winning streak has been the ability to impose its will on the opponent on the defensive end.That’s a bit of an anomaly in the Mid-American Conference where up-tempo...

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....

Huskie offense prepares for its next play Nov. 27 during a home game against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Huskies wrap 2019 season on strong note, beat WMU at home

By James Krause | November 27, 2019

DeKALB — The football team closed a season of highs and lows with a 17-14 win Tuesday over the Western Michigan University Broncos and sent off 18 seniors in their final Huskie career game.Head Coach Thomas Hammock said the seniors led a motivated group...

Harbison to seek a new destination as the Huskie leading rusher enters transfer portal

By James Krause | November 26, 2019

DeKALB — NIU Athletics has confirmed that redshirt junior running back Tre Harbison will be entering the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer.Harbison will not play tonight in the Huskies' season finale against Western Michigan University. Harbison,...

Huskies look to spoil Broncos’ MAC title hopes, seniors ready to gear up one last time

By James Krause | November 25, 2019

DeKALB — The football team may not have a conference championship or bowl game after Tuesday night, but it can end its year with a win over the Western Michigan University Broncos.The Huskies were eliminated from postseason contention Tueaday in a 45-17...

Huskies drop second home game of season, lose chance to retain MAC title

By James Krause | November 20, 2019

DeKALB — The football team saw its postseason hopes shatter Tuesday in a 45-17 blowout loss to Eastern Michigan University.With the loss, NIU is eliminated from Mid-American Conference title contention and will fall short of the 6-6 record necessary...

April 27, 2018: during the 2018 Mid-American Mens Tennis Championship between the Buffalo Bulls and Northern Illinois Huskies at the Miller Tennis Center in Amherst, N.Y. (Nicholas T. LoVerde)

Men’s tennis falls short in MAC Championship

By Jarrett Huff | April 22, 2019

After advancing to its first MAC Championship since 2013, the men’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought 4-3 match to the Western Michigan Broncos.NIU opened up the tournament with a 4-0 victory of Binghamton, before upsetting No. 2 seeded Buffalo to advance...

Huskies end conference play with two straight losses

By James Krause | November 25, 2018

Turnovers and mistakes from the offense led to the football team’s second straight loss Tuesday, dropping their road game 28-21 against the Western Michigan Broncos.Sophomore quarterback Marcus Childers committed three turnovers, including a late interception,...

Men’s soccer falls to Western Michigan on the road

By Roland Hacker | October 28, 2018

The men’s soccer team’s struggles on the road continued as it fell to the Western Michigan University Broncos Saturday, 2-1.The Huskies’ final road game of the regular season dropped them to 3-6 on the road and 1-3 in the conference.“I thought...

MAC championship still in sight; Huskies win

By Ryan Ostry | November 16, 2017

DeKALB — With the blistering wind, frigid temperature and a potential Mid-American Conference Championship game on the line, NIU edged out a close 35-31 victory to stay alive in the standings.“We’re ecstatic about the win, that’s a really good...