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Huskies split doubleheader, score 14 runs in game two

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 28, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball split a doubleheader with Ball State University Tuesday after recording a season-high 16 hits in game two. GAME ONE The Huskies mustered just three hits total in game one. Junior catcher/outfielder Ellis Erickson scored the only...

Huskies sweep Miami, win fourth straight game

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball (13-12, 4-1 MAC) improved to second in the Mid-American Conference standings after sweeping Miami University (14-11, 2-3 MAC) in a doubleheader. The Huskies finished the series undefeated and sparked a four-game win streak along...

Huskies senior forward AJah Davis (25) runs down the court during NIUs matchup with Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at the NIU Convocation Center. Davis and the Huskies clinched a seeding in the MAC Basketball Championship bracket for next week after the Huskies beat Eastern 73-63. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

A’Jah Davis breaks double-double record in win over EMU

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | March 2, 2023

DeKALB – Senior forward A’Jah Davis broke the all-time NIU double-double record as the Huskies defeated Eastern Michigan University 73-63 and clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament. Davis finished the game with 19 points on 8-for-17...

Senior forward AJah Davis (25) looks for an opening to pass the ball in the first half of the game on Jan. 25. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Davis ties double-double record in victory over CMU

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior forward A’Jah Davis shined on Senior Day as she tied the school record for double-doubles and led her team to an 84-80 double overtime win against Central Michigan University. SENIOR DAY NIU celebrated Senior Day to give recognition...

Senior guard Chelby Koker shooting a free throw in Saturdays upset victory over Ball State University. (Alyssa Queen)

Huskies upset Ball State, halt Cardinals’ winning streak

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 18, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (14-11, 6-8 MAC) upset the No. 1 ranked team in the Mid-American Conference for the second consecutive game, beating Ball State University (22-5, 12-2 MAC) by a final score of 84-77.  Coming off an 85-81 win against...

Huskie senior guard Chelby Koker (10) dribbles the ball to an open part of the court while junior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) defends Koker from University of Akron’s sophomore forward Reagan Bass (34) on Wednesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Career night from Koker propels Huskies to dominant victory

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (12-10, 4-7 MAC) dominated the University of Akron 88-63 (14-8, 5-6 MAC), extending their winning streak to two games. Senior guard Chelby Koker’s record night from behind the arch led the Huskies to a 88-63 win...

NIU redshirt senior Terrese Aaron takes on Buffalo’s Gregory Hodulick To close out the wrestling portion of the Beauty and the Beast meet on Saturday at the Convocation Center. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Walk-off match pushes Huskies past Buffalo

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | February 6, 2023

DeKALB – NIU wrestling won in walk-off fashion against Mid-American Conference opponent University at Buffalo. Redshirt senior Terrese Aaron was able to come back and defeat his opponent in the final match of the dual to top the Bulls in a close 15-14...

David Coit (11) shoots against Ball State sophomore forward Basheer Jihad (11) and redshirt sophomore forward Mickey Pearson Jr. (3) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Jan. 28 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU defeats Bowling Green for fourth straight road win

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | February 5, 2023

NIU took down Bowling Green State University 86-78 Saturday afternoon for its fifth win over the last six games. The Huskies earned their fourth straight road win, NIU’s longest such streak since the 2002-2003 season.  “This is a journey and these...

Junior forward AJah Davis shoots from the free throw line during a game on Jan. 15 against the University of Toledo Rockets. The Huskies fell 73-52 as Davis led all NIU scorers with 24 points. (Summer Fitzgerald/ Northern Star)

Huskies snap five-game losing streak

By DeOndre Saunders and Eddie Miller | February 5, 2023

The NIU women’s basketball team ends its five-game losing streak as they pick up a win on the road in Buffalo, New York, against the University at Buffalo Bulls, 72-62. SECOND DAY OUT Senior forward A’Jah Davis had a great second game back after...

Sophomore guard Keshawn WIlliams attempts a layup during Saturdays game against the University of Toledo Rockets. Williams finished as NIUs leading scorer with 19 points in the 100-72 loss at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskie guards shine as NIU wallops Eastern Illinois

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | December 1, 2022

NIU’s dominant guard play led the way for the Huskies as they got back into the win column with a 90-70 victory over Eastern Illinois University. The Huskies’ backcourt dominated the Panthers’ defense, as they combined for 49 points in the dominant...

Junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi throws a pass in practice on Aug. 20. Lombardi transfers in from Michigan State University, where he threw eight touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

NIU snaps five-game losing streak, Rocky Lombardi returns

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | October 15, 2022

YPSILANTI, Mi – NIU football ended its five-game skid against Eastern Michigan University in a 39-10 victory on Saturday.  Good news came for the Huskies on Saturday after redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi made his return under center....

Sophomore Nelle Youel returns a serve during a tennis match against the University of Akron last season.

Sophomore contributes to women’s tennis success

By Thomas Hiley III | March 4, 2013

Women’s tennis has a 12-1 record and someone that has contributed to that success is No. 1 player Nelle Youel. Youel is a sophomore pre-physical therapy major from Crystal Lake. She attended Crystal Lake Central High School. Youel decided to go to NIU...