Nov. 21, 2007
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CANCUN -The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team lost its first game of the Caribbean Challenge when the Huskies fell to No. 17/18 Michigan State, 67-40, at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico Wednesday afternoon.
"We shot ourselves in the foot too many times," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "I felt we weren't aggressive in getting to the basket and we couldn't get to the free throw line like we needed to. We didn't get our offense going until the last eight minutes of the game. We can't play from behind like we did."
The Huskies (2-2) struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 23 percent from the field. At one point the Huskies trailed 24-1 after opening up the game with a 0-15 slump. The first NIU field goal, a three pointer from Terriel Cannon (Hillside, Ill./Proviso West), came with 5:52 left to play in the first half. The Huskies went into the break down 31-16.
The Huskies cut the deficit to 12 early in the second half thanks to a 7-0 run to trail 35-23 with 16:54 left to play. That is the closest the Huskies would get as the Spartans began to pull away for the victory.
Michigan State's (3-1) 6-9 center Allyssa DeHaan, who played for Owens on Team USA's U19 Team this past summer, led all scorers with 17 points, followed by her teammate, Kalisha Keane, who had 15 points.
NIU's Kylie York (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) found her stroke late in the second half, to lead the Huskies with 14 points, all coming in the second frame. She went 5-11 from the field and 4-11 from beyond the arc in the second half, including hitting three three-pointers in a row. Shari' Welton (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood) and Becky Smith (Janesville, Wis./Parker) each added eight points, while Smith hauled in five boards.
The Huskies conclude their play in the Caribbean Challenge tomorrow when they take on Tulane University on Thanksgiving Day. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.