Nov. 22, 2007
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CANCUN -The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team fell to Tulane, 70-57, in the final game of the Caribbean Challenge Thursday night at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
"I thought we started the game out really well," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "I'm disappointed with the loss, obviously, but I saw some good things. This tournament as a whole was very competitive. We knew that going in. We grew as a team from that."
The Huskies (2-3) improved on their performance against Michigan State in the previous game. The Huskies jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. Led by Kylie York's (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southern) 12 first-half points, the Huskies led much of the first half. Tulane tied the game at 21 with 3:31 left to play in the first half.
The Greenwave (5-1) went on a 5-0 run to take a 26-21 lead with 1:27 left to play in the half. The Huskies responded with a 5-1 run to go into halftime trailing 27-26. NIU opened the second half with a bucket from Becky Smith (Janesville, Wis./Parker) to take a 28-27 lead. It would be the last advantage NIU would enjoy as Tulane would take control of the game from then on.
Tulane led by as many as 14 with 7:08 left to play. The Huskies were able to cut the deficit in half, 59-52 with 2:44 left to play, but that would be as close as the Huskies would get.
York led all scorers with 18 points, tying her career high, and Whitney Lowe (Bushnell, Ill./Prairie City) had her best game of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing six boards. Ebony Ellis (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) led all rebounders with10, while adding six points.
"We got some huge minutes from Ebony. Kylie played big for us, Whitney played some big minutes," Owens said. "Jessie Wilcox played some limited minutes, but they were quality minutes. Charmaine Bell, being a freshman, did a great job."
The Huskies return to the court Sunday night when they head to Chicago to face the Flames of UIC. Tip off is 7 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.