No. 22 Bowling Green Proves To Be Too Tough For Huskies

GO HUSKIES Stephanie Raymond leads a trio of juniors for next year
GO HUSKIES
Stephanie Raymond leads a trio of juniors for next year
GO HUSKIES

March 8, 2006

Box Score

Cleveland, OH -- Bowling Green State University shook off a poor first-half to live up to No. 22 national ranking and status as favorite in the Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Postseason Tournament to bring an end to Northern Illinois University's season Wednesday (March 8) with a 73-61 quarterfinal round loss.

The Falcons' depth and balance enabled them to erase NIU's largest lead of five points early in the second half and improve to 26-2 overall after having won the regular-season MAC crown with an unblemished 16-0 record. Although the Huskies end their campaign with a 12-17 record, there were many positives for NIU. First and foremost, was advancing to Cleveland and Quicken Loans Arena for a quarterfinal round game, something that eluded Northern Illinois for the past three seasons even though the Huskies twice had first-rounnd home games. The 12 wins also exceed last year's 7-21 mark while NIU's regular-season 7-9 league record was also an improvement over the previous year's 4-12 standard.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed in the loss, but I'm very proud of how hard we played," first-year NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "We fought hard but we came up short on offensive rebounds and getting some of the stops we needed. Bowlihng Green is a very, very good team.

"Bowling Green is undoubtedly the most talented team in the MAC because they have such depth and balance," Owens added. "They've got so many threats and that made it a hard match-up for us. They're a great scoring team, so we knew they weren't going to continue shooting 18 percent. The fact that they're such a good scoring team makes them hard to stop. Again, that's why they're ranked 22nd in the nation."

Bowling Green hit on only 6-of-32 field goal attempts for 18.8 percent, including 3-of-10 from beyond the arch, and although the Huskies weren't much better -- .308 thanks to 8-of-26 shooting -- NIU managed an 18-16 halftime. However, the Falcons then singed the net for 60 percent (18-of-30) -- including 5-of-9 (.556) from beyond the arch -- en route to a 57-43 advantage in second-half scoring.

 

 

Bowling Green's quartet of All-MAC honorees stepped up as expected. Second-Team All-MAC pick Liz Honneger scored a team-best 17 with fellow Second-Teamer Kate Achter adding 14 more. First-Team pick Ali Mann registered a 12-point / 15-rebound double-double with 10 of those boards coming off the defensive glass. BGSU Third-Team All-MAC pick Carin Horne added 13 more.

"Everybody on their team can drive, shoot, pass or defend and that's what makes them so very good," NIU Second-Team All-MAC guard Stephanie Raymond noted. "A lot of teams didn't expect us to be here and for us to have been up by two on Bowling Green at half was a step in the right direction for us. Unfortunately, a lot of turnovers were unforced. We just couldn't keep the lead."

Northern Illinois was able to stretch its halftime advantage to a 24-19 lead in the initial minute and was up by four, 32-28, with 15:49 left to be played. That's when BGSU went on a 22-4 run that created a double-figure advantage. The closest the Huskies would come would be nine on a trio of occasions, including 62-53, with 2:52 left to be played.

Raymond (Rockford / Lutheran) finiedh with a game-high 24 points while Honorable Mention All-MAC forward Kristin Wiener (Apple Valley, MN / Academy of Holy Angels) was the only other Huskie in double figures with 12 points while Mary Basic (Lemont / Chicago Heights Marian Catholic) was close with nine points.

"I told our kids to keep their heads up. I certainly feel for our seniors who didn't want this season to end this way," Owens said. "But they've given us a lot and now we have to look forward to next season. We've got a good nucleus with Stephanie, Kristen and Mary."

Raymond, who earlier this year became the 22nd women's basketball player at NIU to surpass the 1,000-point plateau, was quick to agree.

"We can't wait for next season., Our job now is to work extremely hard in the postseason and be back here next year," Raymond added.

Wednesday's contest was the end for a trio of seniors in Jennifer Uptmor (Centerville, OH), Jamie Wilson (Reynoldsburg, OH), and Keishonda Williamson (Detroit, MI / Martin Luther King).

(For further information, please contact Steve Nemeth) --NIU--

March 8, 2006


Official Basketball Box Score Northern Illinois vs Bowling Green 3/8/06 6:06 PM ET at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Northern Illinois (12-17; 7-9 MAC) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 03 Uptmor, Jennifer.... f 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 12 40 Wiener, Kristin..... c 3-7 0-0 6-8 2 4 6 4 12 1 1 0 1 23 10 Wilcox, Jessie...... g 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 11 12 Raymond, Stephanie.. g 8-18 2-7 6-7 1 4 5 2 24 2 4 0 4 40 23 Basic, Mary......... g 4-9 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 2 9 3 4 0 1 36 00 WILLIAMSON, Keishond 1-7 1-3 1-2 7 0 7 2 4 0 1 0 2 20 11 Lowe, Whitney....... 0-4 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 12 32 Wilson, Jamie....... 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 3 4 0 3 3 1 19 34 Smith, Becky........ 0-3 0-0 0-2 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 55 Odom, Nikita........ 2-7 0-0 2-3 1 8 9 3 6 1 0 0 0 23 TEAM................ 2 2 Totals.............. 21-63 4-16 15-22 20 26 46 23 61 10 15 3 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 8-26 30.8% 2nd Half: 13-37 35.1% Game: 33.3% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-5 20.0% 2nd Half: 3-11 27.3% Game: 25.0% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 1-4 25.0% 2nd Half: 14-18 77.8% Game: 68.2% 2

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Bowling Green (26-2; 16-0 MAC) TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 13 HONEGGER, Liz....... f 7-10 2-4 1-2 0 2 2 4 17 1 0 1 1 20 14 HORNE, Carin........ f 4-13 2-6 3-3 3 4 7 3 13 3 2 2 1 31 22 MANN, Ali........... f 5-11 1-1 1-5 5 10 15 2 12 5 0 1 1 36 44 THORBURN, Megan..... f 2-4 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 16 20 ACHTER, Kate........ g 3-7 0-0 8-11 2 2 4 4 14 5 3 0 1 36 03 GOLDSBERRY, Lindsey. 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 8 12 TAYLOR, Whitney..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 21 McDOWELL, Casey..... 0-5 0-3 1-2 3 3 6 1 1 1 2 0 1 25 23 McCALL, Jasmine..... 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 4 0 1 4 31 McKENZIE, Jessica... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ 50 FLYNN, Amber........ 2-9 0-0 3-4 4 3 7 2 7 0 2 0 2 22 55 LAUSE, Jill......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 TEAM................ 3 3 Totals.............. 24-62 8-19 17-27 19 27 46 19 73 16 13 4 8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 6-32 18.8% 2nd Half: 18-30 60.0% Game: 38.7% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-10 30.0% 2nd Half: 5-9 55.6% Game: 42.1% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 1-5 20.0% 2nd Half: 16-22 72.7% Game: 63.0% 3

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Tim Gebhardt, Barb Smith, Marvin Sykes Technical fouls: Northern Illinois-None. Bowling Green-None. Attendance: 2389 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Northern Illinois............. 18 43 - 61 Bowling Green................. 16 57 - 73 ID-430754

Points in the paint-NIU 22,BGSU 26. Points off turnovers-NIU 8,BGSU 14. 2nd chance points-NIU 16,BGSU 14. Fast break points-NIU 2,BGSU 2. Bench points-NIU 14,BGSU 11. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-7 times. Last FG-NIU 2nd-00:11, BGSU 2nd-01:59. Largest lead-NIU by 5 2nd-18:28, BGSU by 17 2nd-00:48.


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