Dec. 21, 2007
NIU 61, UNI 46
DeKALB, Ill. - DeKALB, Ill. - Jessie Wilcox (Oshkosh, Wis./West) celebrated her return to the starting line up scoring a game-high 19 points to lead the Northern Illinois University women's basketball team to a 61-46 victory over Northern Iowa Friday night at the Convocation Center.
The junior, who had been out of the Huskie starting line up for six games, went 6-10 from the field, 3-4 from three-point land and 4-4 from the charity stripe. Wilcox alos passed a personal milestone scoring her 500th-career point. Shari' Welton (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood) also finished in double figures with 11 points.
The Huskies (4-7) opened the game with a 10-3 run, but the Panthers (4-6) responded with a 10-2 run of their own to take a 13-12 lead with 9:30 left to play in the half. The lead would change hands three more times in the half before the Huskies closed the half with an 11-2 run to take a 25-17 lead into the half. The Huskies would never trail the rest of the contest.
The Huskies put up solid offensive numbers, shooting 50 percent from the field, 70 percent from three-point territory and 80 percent from the line. It was also one of the Huskies best defensive nights, holding the Panthers to 23 percent from the field and 15 percent from beyond the arc. Once again, the rebounding edge went to the Huskies, beating UNI to the glass 34-31.
"It was a good win, especially bouncing back from the DePaul game," Northern Illinois University head coach Carol Owens said. "I felt like it was a very good defensive game. They live and die by the three-point line. That's something we wanted to take away. I think we did a good job at that."
The Huskies return to the court Dec. 29 when NIU travels to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI. Tip off is set for 2 p.m.