York's Career-High Not Enough as Huskies Fall to Phoenix

GO HUSKIES Sophomore Kylie York hit six three-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points, Wednesday.
GO HUSKIES
Sophomore Kylie York hit six three-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points, Wednesday.
GO HUSKIES

Nov. 28, 2007

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GREEN BAY, Wis. - Sophomore guard Kylie York scored a career-high 24 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome 35 Northern Illinois turnovers, as the Huskies fell 76-54 to UW-Green Bay, Wednesday.

"Obviously it's tough on the road and extra tough when you don't have your point guard, and, Jessie Wilcox is out with a broken hand," head coach Carol Owens said. "Kylie tried to do what she could playing out of position, and needing to score."

York (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored 18 of her points in the second half, and hit a career-high six three-pointers in the game.

But UW-Green Bay took advantage of a multitude on NIU miscues, scoring 36 point off Huskie turnovers.

"We all have to take care of the ball a little bit better, and we have to minimize our turnovers game-by-game, a couple at a time," Owens said.

The trend started early, as the Phoenix capitalized on seven Huskie handouts over the first eight minutes of the game to take a 17-7 lead. By the end of the period, UW-Green Bay cashed-in 20 points off 18 Northern Illinois turnovers.

Huskie forward Aileen Rossouw (Plano, Texas/Auburn) highlighted the period with six points and four rebounds, but despite her efforts Northern Illinois trailed 38-22 at halftime.

Phoenix Rachel Porath scored seven of her team-high 20 points in the first three minutes of the second half, helping UW-Green Bay to a 10-2 run and a 48-24 lead five minutes into the period. The Phoenix rode the advantage to a 22-point win.

The Huskies held UW-Green Bay to just 2-of-11 on three-pointers, but allowed 54.5 percent overall shooting from the field. NIU also beat its opponent on the glass for the fifth time this season, 32-27.

"We outrebounded them, but what hurt us was transition defense and turnovers," Owens said. "Those things can hurt you, especially on the road."

Northern Illinois shot 44.9 percent from the field, the team's best outing since its season-opener, when the Huskies shot 46.7 percent in a win over Bradley.

Redshirt freshman Ebony Ellis (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) led all players with nine rebounds.

The Huskies continue their six-game roadswing Dec. 8 against Iowa at the Hawkeye Classic.