Feb. 22, 2011
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Ebony Ellis scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, but her standout effort in the middle wasn't enough to lift the Northern Illinois women's basketball team past Western Michigan.
The Huskies fell 72-70 in overtime to the Broncos, who were led by a heroic effort from Miame Giden. She scored 29 points, including 17 after halftime to lead her team to victory. NIU fell to 11-16, 5-9 in Mid-American Conference play. The Broncos improved to 8-19, and 4-10 in league action.
Ellis scored the first basket of the extra period on a put-back. After getting a stop, NIU had a chance to extend its lead to four with Courtney Shelton at the free throw line. Shelton missed both shots, and Western Michigan took the momentum. The Broncos' scored the game's next nine points to take a seven point lead, 71-64 with 1:38 left.
But NIU refused to give up. Marke Freeman knocked down a three-pointer on the next possession to cut the advantage to four. Freshman Danielle Pulliam stole the ball on the next play, and fed Kim Davis for a three-pointer to get the Huskies within one, 71-70 with 38 seconds left.
WMU's Taylor Manley missed a three-pointer 10 seconds later, giving the Huskies a chance. But with nine seconds left, a lay-up by Freeman was blocked and the Broncos recovered the rebound. Northern Illinois was forced to foul Giden on the next play. With 5.8 seconds left, she hit the first, but missed the second free throw. Courtney Shelton grabbed the board, and sped into the frontcourt where her desperation three-pointer came up short.
The Huskies led by 12 points with 49 seconds left in the first half, but one of four three-pointers from Brenna Bankston and a transition lay-up by Giden cut the lead to seven at the break. The Broncos carried that momentum into the second half. Out of the locker room, WMU used a 9-2 run to tie the game at 36.
NIU rebuilt a five point lead twice in the second half, and led 62-59 with 1:07 left when Kemmy Dominique hit a three-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Behind Ellis, Freeman scored 19 points. Davis tallied 13 with six rebounds. Freshman Danielle Pulliam added nine points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
The Huskies return to action Saturday, February 26 at 3 p.m. NIU hosts conference frontrunner Toledo for Senior Day and the annual Pink Zone game.