Jan. 17, 2007
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Northern Illinois University women's basketball team lost to MAC West Division leader Ball State, 81-72, at John E. Worthen Arena Wednesday night.
"Ball State is a very good offensive team," said head coach Carol Owens. "Defensively we didn't do the job we needed to do. We need everybody to step up at the same time and we need to play team defense. That's how we're going to stop teams."
The Huskies (11-5, 3-2) were unable to withstand 10-15 shooting by the Cardinals from beyond the three-point line. Ball State (14-2, 5-0) freshman Audrey McDonald led all scorers with 23 points. She scored nine of the Cardinals first 11 points in the second half.
The Cardinals led by as many as 17 points in the second half. The Huskies were able to cut the deficit to nine with under three minutes to play, but were unable to pull any closer.
Kristin Wiener led the way for the Huskies, scoring 21 points. She went 8-11 from the field and 5-9 from the free throw line. She is 16 points shy 1,000 points for her career. Stephanie Raymond turned in her second double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and dishing out 10 assists.
Whitney Lowe shot 50 percent from the field (6-12) and from beyond the arc (3-6) to finish with 15 points. Jessie Wilcox also finished in double figures for the ninth time this season. She finished the game with 11 points.
The first half was a see-saw affair. The lead changed hands four times and was tied three times. NIU led by as many as five points, while the Huskies' largest deficit was seven. The Huskies shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point land in the first half. The Huskies went into the break trailing, 39-37.
The Huskies now trail the Cardinals by two games in the division. NIU returns to the court Saturday, January 20, 2007 when they play host to Akron. Tip off is 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center.