Dec. 17, 2007
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DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season when it lost to No. 16 DePaul, 90-58, Monday night at the Convocation Center.
The Huskies (3-7) opened the game strong, taking a 6-2 lead early in the contest. The two teams exchanged leads through the first five minutes of the game, with the Huskies' last lead, 12-11, coming with 15:13 left to play in the first half. From then on it was all DePaul (9-0).
DePaul's Allie Quigley led all scorers with 19 points, while the Huskies had three players finish in double figures. Whitney Lowe (Bushnell, Ill./Prairie City) and Shari' Welton (Calumet City, Ill./Thronwood) each had 11 points. Lowe went 4-4 from the free throw line, while Welton grabbed six rebounds. In her first action in four games, Jessie Wilcox (Oshkosh, Wis./West) finished with 10 points.
"This was a tough loss coming home after six straight road games," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "We played inspired in the first 10 minutes, then they switched up their defense and I felt we panicked a little bit. We didn't rebound well which is something we have been doing."
The Huskies lost the rebounding battle, 46-37, and the Blue Demons turned 20 NIU turnovers into 29 points. NIU shot 35 percent from the field, while DePaul hit 50 percent of its shots.
"We have to look at the little things," Wilcox said. "We have to keep our assists higher than our turnovers, we didn't do that tonight. We have to control the little things we can control."
The Huskies are back in action Friday, Dec. 21 when the Huskies welcome Northern Iowa to the Convo. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.