Jan. 12, 2008
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DEKALB, Ill.-The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team suffered a tough loss Saturday afternoon, falling to Ball State, 84-78, at the Convocation Center.
"I felt like we played a very good game and came up short in the end," NIU head coach Carol Owens said. "We did a great job of taking care of the basketball, a great job of rebounding in the second half. We gave up too many points on the defensive end [in the second half] and that was the key to the game. I thought our kids were ready to play. We just came up short."
Down 41-43 with 17:15 left to play, the Huskies (4-11, 0-2) went on a 14-0 run to take a 55-43 lead with 13:29 left in the game. But Ball State (6-9, 2-0) responded with a 12-2 run to close the gap to two points, 57-55, midway through the second half.
NIU led 60-59 with 9:07 left to play, when the Cardinals scored back-to-back buckets to take a 63-60 lead with 8:21 left. Kylie York (Fishers, Ind./ Hamilton Southeastern) tied the game at 63 with her fourth three of the game with 7:11. That would be as close as the Huskies would get.
The Cardinals went on an 8-0 to take a 73-65 advantage with five minutes left in the contest. NIU did close the gap to 80-78 with 50 seconds remaining, but were unable to come up with a defensive stop on the ensuing possession and the Cardinals walked away with the victory.
Whitney Lowe (Bushnell, Ill./Prairie City) turned in one of her best games of her career, scoring a game -high and career-high 24 points. She went 10-20 from the field, 2-3 from three-point land and 2-3 from the foul line and grabbed seven boards in the losing effort.
York finished the game with 16 points, going 5-16 from the field and 4-11 from beyond the three-point line. Shari' Welton (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood) finished in double figures for the sixth-straight game, finishing with 10 points.
All five Ball State starters finished in double figures, with Porchia Green leading the way with 20. Audrey McDonald finished with 14 points.
The Huskies took care of a problem area, posting their lowest turnover total of the season with 12 and committed fewer turnovers than their opponent for the first time this season.
The Huskies will be back to the court Tuesday Jan. 15, 2008 when the Huskies welcome the Chippewas of Central Michigan. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center. Fans can follow all the action with Bill Baker on 1360 AM WLBK.