Feb. 28, 2007
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team dropped its regular season home finale to Ball State, 81-70, Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
"It was a disappointing loss for us today, being senior day," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. " We lost the game in the first two minutes of the second half. We turned the ball over and we couldn't get a rebound. We panicked a little and got on our heels. They went to a zone and we stood around."
The Huskies (17-11, 8-8) were unable to withstand a 10-0 run by Ball State (22-5, 13-3) in the opening minutes of the second half and being out-rebounded 39-28. With the loss, the Huskies have lost back-to-back games for the second time this season.
The Huskies came out strong on Senior Night, leading throughout the first half. They shot 45 percent from the field, going 6-12 from beyond the three-point line. NIU led by as many as 14 points with 5:18 left to play, before Ball State was able to cut the deficit to 41-32 heading into halftime.
Ball State's Porchia Green keyed the Cardinal charge, scoring five points during the Cardinal run. Kristin Wiener scored a lay up to slow the run. The lead changed hands five times before Ball State took control and led for good with 15:30 left to play.
Kelsey Corbin led all scorers with 22 points, while Julie DeMuth was right behind her with 20. Porchia Green finished 17
Wiener finished with 18 points, while Jessie Wilcox led the Huskies with 19. Stephanie Raymond was the third Huskie to finish in double figures, tacking on 15. Seniro Margaret Batteast finished with a career-high eight points.
With the NIU loss and Eastern Michigan victory, the Huskies will open the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland Sunday at 2 p.m. CST against Akron.