ILLINOIS 68, WISCONSIN 65
the second year in a row, Monique Davis (Columbus, OH / Marion-Franklin)
provided the difference versus Wisconsin. The 5-8 guard scored a
career-best 20 points and handed out four assists Sunday (Nov. 23),
lifting the Huskies to a 68-65 triumph over UW before 6,020 fans
at the Kohl Center.
hit the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds left in NIU's 49-47
victory against Wisconsin one year plus one day earlier---tallied
five of the visitors' final seven points to hold off a Badger rally
down the stretch. The Columbus, OH, native hit seven of shots from
the field and added a pair of steals in 33 minutes as the Huskies
improved to 2-0 and spoiled UW's season opener.
just did an unbelievable job as a floor general, taking control,"
Northern Illinois coach Carol Hammerle summarized. "When we
needed a basket she provided that with penetration. If she wasn't
scoring herself, she was kicking to Lindsay (Secrest). I'm very
proud of my team's performance today."
IN) scored 14 of her 16 points in the second
half as the Huskies pulled away from a 27-27 halftime deadlock and
built a 49-37 advantage with 9:24 remaining. The lead remained at
ten points (57-47) when Davis hit a running jumper with 6:49 left
to play but the Badgers chipped away at the lead and pulled to within
63-58 on Ashley Josephson's bucket at the 2:12 mark. UW could get
no closer as Davis and Secrest combined to hit five of six free
throws the rest of the way. Stephanie Rich's three-pointer with
2.8 seconds left provided the final margin.
today were incredible and I was proud of the way my team handled
it," Hammerle said as the Huskies played away from home for
the first time this season. "Sometimes on the road the cheering
gets to be difficult, but I'm very proud of the way we handled it
and kept our composure."
its first official game for new coach Lisa Stone---used a 10-0 run
to take a 14-8 lead as Rich hit a pair of jumpers, including one
from three-point range. Northern Illinois countered with a 15-2
flurry including four consecutive baskets from freshman center Kristin
Wiener (Apple Valley, MN / Holy Angels), and a Jennifer Youngblood
(Rock Island) lay-up established a 23-18 Huskie advantage with 7:57
left in the half. That was NIU's final basket of the half, however,
as the visitors clawed back to finish the opening stanza in a deadlock.
off the bench and just did an outstanding job," Hammerle noted.
"To have a freshman come in like Kristin did and perform like
that was remarkable. She does it in practice, but it's tough when
you come to a facility like this with all the fans cheering."
opened the second half with five consecutive points as Davis connected
on a driving jumper and Joi Scott (Reynoldsburg, OH) added a three-pointer
for a 32-27 edge that the visitors never relinquished. NIU used
red-hot shooting in the second half, hitting 56 percent (14-of-25)
after the break including six-of-eight from three-point range. The
Huskies finished eight-of-17 behind the arc and 24-of-53 (45.3 percent)
throw it in the ocean in the first half because they were able to
get hands in my face," said Secrest, who missed all three of
her tri-light zone attempts in the first half but was four-of-four
in the final 20 minutes. "Then with Monique's penetration and
the post players, that opened things up and I got open looks."
with 11 points and four rebounds for NIU, with Youngblood adding
six points and nine boards. Scott tallied seven points in 15 minutes
after missing most of the first half following two early fouls.
40 percent (22-of-55) shooting but could not take advantage of a
pronounced height advantage. The Badgers' front line of 6-3 Lello
Gebisa and 6-7 Ebba Gebisa combined for 11 points to augment the
6-5 Emily Ashbaugh's total against the trio of five-foot-11 Youngblood,
5-11 Secrest and 6-0 Scott. Rich, who was 0-for-12 in last year's
meeting, finished with 16 points and seven assists, matching Josephson
for team scoring honors while Ashbaugh added 15 plus nine rebounds
and three blocked shots.
looks to add to its run of early-season success Saturday (Nov. 29)
when Western Illinois visits the Convocation Center for a 2:05 p.m.
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by Robert Hester