Jan. 3, 2007
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team opened conference play with an 80-66 loss to Eastern Michigan Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
"I'm just disappointed in our effort," head coach Carol Owens said. "We didn't get to the free throw line like we usually do which shows our lack of aggressiveness."
The Huskies (8-4, 0-1) were unable to withstand a 16-point second half performance from Eastern Michigan's (6-6, 1-0) Sarah VanMetre. The senior forward led all scorers with 29 points.
Kristin Wiener led the way for the Huskies, scoring a season-high 21 points. Stephanie Raymond was behind her with 17.
"I thought Kristin played real well," Owens said. "She was our go-to player tonight."
The Huskies were out-rebounded 38-26. The Eagles were able to capitalize on NIU turnovers. Eastern Michigan scored 21 points off of turnovers, while the Huskies only managed 15.
Eastern Michigan jumped out to an early 23-7 lead, but the Huskies were able to storm back thanks to a 14-2 run to take a 30-29 lead with 4:19 left to play in the first half. An 8-0 run by the Eagles allowed EMU to enter the break with a 37-32.
VanMetre led all scorers with 13 points in the first half. Her teammate Patrice McKinney was right behind her with 12. McKinney finished the game with 24 points. Wiener led the way for the Huskies with 11 points.
The Huskies return home January 6, 2007 when they play host to Central Michigan. Tip off is 5 p.m. at the Convocation Center.