Dec. 3, 2008
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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team earned a hard-fought road victory with a 58-46 defeat of Northern Iowa Wednesday afternoon at the McLeod Center.
Sophomore Mauvolyene Adams (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) paced the Huskies (3-4) with a team-high 13 points, matching her season high set in NIU's game with Milwaukee Saturday. She went 6-11 from field, 1-2 from the free throw line and grabbed seven rebounds.
Down 33-31 with 18:06 left to play, Adams went on a 6-0 run to give the Huskies a 37-33 lead with 15:47 left. It would be a lead Northern Illinois would never relinquish. Northern Iowa would close to within one, 39-38 with 11:55, but senior Jessie Wilcox (Oshkosh, Wis./West) settled things down for the Huskies.
She went on a 6-0 run of her own, doing her damage from the free throw line. She hit two free throws with 11:38 left to play in NIU's first trip to the charity stripe in the game. She was fouled again while driving the hoop and drained two more free throws. She capped off her run with a layup to give the Huskies a 45-38 lead with 10:04 left in the game. Wilcox finished with nine points, going 2-4 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line.
"I felt Mauvolyene provided us with a spark throughout the game," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "Both vocally and by example, she kept us going in terms of our energy. I felt Jessie came off the bench and gave us quality minutes."
NIU took a 31-29 advantage into the break, despite being outshot by the Panthers (2-4) at the free throw line. Northern Iowa shot a staggering 17 free throws in the first half, hitting 15. Conversely, the Huskies never reached the charity stripe in the first frame. The Huskies' offense kept them in the game, shooting a respectable 40.5 percent field, with Marke Freeman (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) leading the way with 11 points, also her total for the game.
The Huskie defense stepped up in the second half, holding the Panthers to 16.7 percent shooting from the floor. UNI went 4-24 from the field in the second half and 11-50 for the game, shooting 22 percent from the field. NIU also held the Panthers to 0-14 from beyond the three-point line. The last time the Huskies accomplished that feat was Dec. 29, 2007 when NIU held IUPUI to 0-5 from downtown.
Northern Illinois also limited the Panthers' trips to the line in the second half. UNI went 9-12 from the free throw line in the second half and 24-29 for the game. The Huskies had a decisive edge in rebounding, grabbing 52 boards, to the Panthers 36. Ebony Ellis (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) had another strong performance on the glass, grabbing 12 boards. She added nine points to the effort.
Northern Illinois is back in action Sunday afternoon when the Huskies travel to Madison, Wis. to the Badgers of the University of Wisconsin. Tip off is set for 1:30 p.m.