Feb. 25, 2012
NIU Toledo Box Score
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team suffered a 49-39 setback to Toledo in a Mid-American Conference West Division match up at Savage Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies, (12-15, 6-9) shot 28 percent for the game, going 17-of-59 from the field, with Kim Davis (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) leading all scorers with a game-high 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Davis was active on the glass as well with a game-high nine rebounds. Courtney Shelton (Rockford, Ill./Hononegah) was right behind her with nine points and a game-high eight assists.
"We expended so much energy of the defensive end," NIU head coach Kathi Bennett said. "Their size; they're huge. I know they had 22 [points] in the paint, but we did a nice job with our double team. We got caught two or three times not rotating down. It takes a lot of energy to fly around. I was proud of the defensive effort.
"We were just stagnant and struggled on the offensive end. A very poor performance from that standpoint, but Kim did give us some second half energy and that was nice to see."
Toledo (19-8, 12-3) used a 10-2 run to open the second half to take a 15-point lead. Trailing 26-19 at half, Davis hit a lay up to cut the Rocket lead to five with 19:21 left to play. It would be the last NIU point for eight-and-a-half minutes. The Rockets capitalized on the NIU scoring drought, going on a 10-0 run. Toledo led by as many as 18 in the second half.
Davis kept the Huskies in the game, scoring NIU's first 10 points in the second half. NIU cut the Rocket lead to nine with just under four minutes left to play, but that would be as close as they would get.
The Rockets shot 34 percent from the field (18-of-53), and were 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Haylie Linn led the way for the Rockets with a game-high 14 points, doing much of her damage from beyond the arc. She was 5-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point territory. Andola Dortch also finished in double figures with 12 points.
NIU won the turnover battle, 14-13, but it was the Rockets that took advantage of the Huskies' miscues, scoring 16 points off turnovers, while NIU tallied five points off Rocket errors.
Northern Illinois jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the opening three and a half minutes of the game and held a 13-12 advantage with 11:34 left to play in the first. However, a 9-3 run by Toledo gave the Rockets a 21-13 lead with four minutes left in the half.
The Huskies return to the court Tuesday when NIU plays host to the Broncos of Western Michigan on Senior Night. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. With a Northern Illinois victory, the Huskies will host a first round game of the 2012 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament.
Fans can watch and listen to the game live online through Huskie All-Access at NIUHuskies.com. All-Access subscribers pay just $6.95/month or $49.95year. They can also listen via radio on NIU's flagship station, 1360 AM WLBK. Andy Garcia will have the call.