Jan. 17, 2009
Northern Illinois Women's Basketball 2008-09
Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan
January 17, 2008 - DeKalb, Ill.
EMU Head Coach AnnMarie Gilbert
"I think fatigue set in a little bit in the second half [with the trap]. Their senior leadership set up some easy baskets. Kylie York got some open threes off the backside screen. I give credit to them to gain the momentum back after halftime.
"Our bench hasn't been very productive but we've seen that change in practice over the last week or so. Our bench showed up for us tonight.
"We've been steady on the offensive rebounding, but it's defensively that we've had trouble. We focused on stopping Ellis inside, limiting her touches. She's hard to guard, she's a big body. We did a good job on her in the first half, getting her into foul trouble.
"[With Northern Illinois] you pick your poison. It's a challenge because of their inside and outside. When you focus on York and Ellis, Wilcox can go off. They've got a balanced attack that is a lot older than ours. Their threes hurt. They came at a critical time and kind of broke our back.
"In the second half, we took quick shots, rushed shots. Our threes were falling in the first half but fatigue set in.
"You hate to have to lose to learn but we're a young team. We're a young team that will grow."
Northern Illinois Head Coach Carol Owens
"I am extremely happy with this win. It's only fitting that it ended up in another overtime. This is a special day because we have people that contributed a lot to building this tradition, and that care a lot about this program here. We gave our alums a good game.
"The kids worked hard. It was a good team effort. Aileen Rossouw played some crucial minutes down the stretch and into overtime and really gave us a lift. Sarah Rogers played well in overtime, hit a big shot and played well on defense. I'm very proud all around, very pleased with how poised we were down the stretch. We talked about overtime and this is what we do best. It's leadership, it's experience - Jessie, Kylie, Aileen, Sharí - they lead the way.
"We talked about the MAC and how important it is. We have to take it game by game. We relied on our juniors and seniors to show them. Everyone plays hard every game in the MAC, it doesn't matter what your record is.
"This was a huge win against a team that presses, traps and tries to disrupt you offensively. We only had 18 turnovers, when they usually force 20-25 a game. We talked about taking care of the ball, but [the trap] disrupts your offense. That's where Aileen came on, she presents a match up problem.
"[Shooting 100 percent in overtime] is really good. It says we have experience in overtime. I like our balance. Teams have to prepare not just for guard, not just for posts. Ebony got in foul trouble early on which she thinks about. In the second half they were matching up on our guards and that leaves [Ebony] one-on-one inside.
Northern Illinois Center Ebony Ellis
"I don't feel scared going into overtime anymore. We know what we have to do and we know how to win."