Feb. 17, 2007
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team fell to Central Michigan, 73-61, Saturday at Rose Arena.
"Our seniors had a tough game," head coach Carol Owens said. "We just didn't show up to play. There's no explanation for it. We played down to the level of our opponent and that's not acceptable."
NIU had a cold day shooting. The Huskies (16-9, 7-6) shot just 33 percent for the game, while the Chippewas (11-15, 3-10) shot 43 percent. Stephanie Raymond led all scorers with 19 points and Kristin Wiener turned in her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Central Michigan had four players finish in double figures. Ann Skufca led the way for the Chippewas with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman Britni Houghton followed with 14. Sharonda Hurd finished with 12 while Candace Wilson added 11.
The Huskies opened the game with a 5:53 drought without a field goal. The Huskies free throw and three-point shooting kept them in the game. Despite starting out cold from the floor, the Huskies opened the game with six straight made free throws. A Mary Basic three pointer gave the Huskies a 9-6 lead.
Threes by Kylie York, Stephanie Raymond and Jessie Wilcox allowed the Huskies to build a 10-point lead. NIU went into the break with a 32-26 lead. NIU shot 36 percent from the field in the first, 45 percent from beyond the three-point line. Raymond had 13 points in the first half.
NIU's cold shooting continued into the second half. The Chippewas opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take a 37-34 lead with 14:15 left to play. CMU led by as many as 10 in the second half.
NIU is back in action Wednesday night when it plays host to Toledo. Tip off is set for 7p.m. CST.