60, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 41
Wecker scored 20 points and Laurie Koehn added 15 to lead 12th-ranked
Kansas State past visiting Northern Illinois 60-41 in non-conference
women's basketball action Tuesday (Dec. 2).
defended their ranking in the latest Associated Press national poll,
improving to 3-2 on the season. Northern Illinois dropped its second
in a row, falling back to break-even at 2-2 after shooting just
26.5 percent (13-of-49) from the field.
find the hole tonight," Huskie coach Carol Hammerle lamented.
"I was pleased with our execution and effort defensively. That
wasn't the problem. It was our offense. We didn't want to run up
and down the court with them, but we did that in the first half
and were careless with the basketball. We need to be a lot smarter."
scored 12 consecutive points to take control, claiming an 18-6 lead
on Wecker's three-pointer with 12 minutes remaining in the opening
half. Lindsay Secrest (Bloomfield, IN) finally ended a 7:45 scoreless
streak with a jumper at the 10:18 mark and the Huskies eventually
climbed back to within 21-15 on Joi Scott's jumper, but the visitors
could get no closer. The Wildcat defense blanked NIU over the final
5:23 of the half and Wecker's basket sent the hosts to the locker
room with a 27-15 advantage.
made just five of 25 shots in the opening 20 minutes, compared to
11-of-26 accuracy for KSU. Eleven turnovers also contributed to
NIU's first-half difficulties, with Kansas State posting a 12-0
scoring advantage in the paint and out-rebounding the Huskies 20-15
(Huntley / Hampshire) opened the second half with a tri-lighter,
cutting the deficit to 27-18 before Kansas State ran off six unanswered
points. Koehn's third triple stretched the gap to 33-18, and another
Koehn trey started a 10-0 flurry to put the game out of reach. Wecker
capped that run with a three-pointer of her own, giving the Wildcats
a 47-27 lead with eight minutes to play.
State) did a good job of keeping us out of the paint," Hammerle
said, noting the 47-26 rebounding discrepancy in favor of the Wildcats.
"They are definitely a Top 20 team. They played very intense
and worked hard to keep us off the offensive boards, and our post
players didn't make very good decisions."
led by as many as 24 points following two Wecker free throws at
the 7:17 mark, pushing the margin to 54-30. The charity tosses capped
an 18-3 run as NIU managed only a Smith triple over a stretch of
Northern Illinois with eight points, marking the second consecutive
game with no Huskie scoring in double figures. Kristin Wiener (Apple
Valley, MN / Holy Angels) added seven in her first collegiate start
with Smith tallying six. NIU finished with the program's worst shooting
night since a 25.8 percent showing during a 64-48 loss at Ball State
on Feb. 20, 2002.
Koehn hit five
of 14 shots behind the arc while Nicole Ohlde notched a double-double
with ten points and a game-high 12 rebounds to go with five assists.
Wecker also had 11 caroms plus four assists for the victors, who
overcame 22 turnovers and modest 40.4 percent (23-of-57) shooting
from the field. Kansas State outscored Northern Illinois 24-8 in
the paint with nine second-chance points. The Huskies were unable
to convert any of their five offensive rebounds into points and
went without an offensive carom in the second half when the Wildcats
dominated the glass, 27-11.
attempt to snap their skid Saturday (Dec. 6), hosting recent nemesis
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at the Convocation
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by Robert Hester