79, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 69
Rost's 32 points led the way as Western Michigan defeated Northern
Illinois 79-69 in Mid-American Conference women's basketball action
Tuesday (Feb. 3).
scored in double figures as WMU climbed to 13-7 overall and 8-1
in the MAC. Freshman point guard Stephanie Raymond's (Rockford /
Lutheran) career-high 19 points weren't enough to prevent the Huskies
from falling to 9-11 on the season and sliding to 4-5 in conference
scored the first 11 points of the game and raced to a 29-10 advantage
on Rost's third three-point field goal at the ten-minute mark of
the first half. Rost had 13 of those points, forcing Northern Illinois
to play catch-up for most of the evening. The hosts responded with
a 17-7 run to close the half as Monique Davis' (Columbus, OH / Marion-Franklin)
jumper just before the horn trimmed the deficit to nine points at
like we were really flat coming out tonight," Northern Illinois
coach Carol Hammerle said. "When a team shoots the three as
well as Western Michigan did at the start, it seems to deflate us
and it takes us a while to re-focus."
A Kelly Koerber
lay-up two minutes into the second half pushed the visitors' advantage
to 42-32, but Northern Illinois scored the next ten points and pulled
even on a Stephanie Smith (Huntley / Hampshire) tri-lighter with
14:17 remaining. Maria Jilian ended a 4:06 drought by the Broncos
moments later, but Davis countered with a pair of free throws and
added a lay-up on NIU's next possession to give the Huskies their
first lead of the night at 46-44. That advantage was short lived,
however, as Rost answered with another trey to give WMU a lead it
would not relinquish.
started an 8-0 flurry buy the visitors with Lori Crisman's free
throw stretching the lead to 52-46. Northern Illinois closed to
within one point on two occasions---the last coming at 57-56 after
two Davis charity tosses---but Western Michigan tallied seven unanswered
points to take command. The lead grew to 73-63 on Carrie Moore's
three-point play with 3:22 remaining. NIU closed to within four
points (73-69) in the final minute but could get no closer as Rost
canned four free throws and Jen Doyle added a pair to produce the
my team for battling back from 19 points down and taking the lead.
They never gave up tonight," Hammerle noted. "We took
the lead but then we gave the ball up right away by not being smart.
It all comes down to the little things. We need to execute better
and take care of the basketball. We were tentative against their
press and turned the ball over too many times."
scored 32 in Western Michigan's 70-63 victory in Kalamazoo, MI,
on Jan. 7---hit six three-pointers on eight-of-17 shooting from
the field and was a perfect ten-of-ten at the free throw line. Crisman
and Koerber added 13 and 12 points, respectively, with Moore providing
11. WMU shot 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the field and made all
but one of its 21 free throw attempts.
with four treys among her season-high point total, along with four
assists. Joi Scott (Reynoldsburg, OH) registered the fourth double-double
of her career with 18 points (on eight-of-11 shooting from the floor)
and a game-high ten rebounds, while Smith matched her season-high
with 12 points on five-of-nine accuracy including a pair of three-pointers.
Northern Illinois shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the floor with
six treys but could not overcome 22 turnovers, which led to 24 Bronco
some good things offensively tonight, shooting the ball well and
getting good looks," Hammerle added. "Joi had a great
game inside. She was playing really tough tonight."
hits the road for a pair of games, beginning Saturday (Feb. 7) with
a 7 p.m. contest against West Division rival Ball State.
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by Robert Hester