December 15, 2002
FINAL SCORE: DAYTON 78, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 67
DAYTON, OH - One constant for the Northern Illinois University women's
basketball team under Carol Hammerle has been strong defense. Unfortunately
the Huskies' defensive effort has not been the same away from the Convocation
Center. Through the first four games of the season, Northern Illinois
has been giving up 70.5 points per game and that number won't be going
down anytime soon as NIU drops a 78-67 decision to University of Dayton
on Sunday (December 15).
The Huskies are still
looking for their first true road victory of the year as they fall to
3-4 on the year. This season Northern Illinois' only win away from DeKalb
is a 78-72 decision against San Jose State in Bozeman, MT. The Flyers
up their record to 6-2.
"It's a Catch-22
for us right now," Hammerle explained. "When we don't score
like we want to, it translate to problems on the offensive end of the
court. Dayton is a good ball club, but we have yet to go on the road and
beat a good team."
Illinois off the bench was the play of Lindsay Secrest (Bloomfield,
IN) as she scored a season-high 19 points. The junior guard tied her career-high
with five three-pointers in her best offensive output since tying her
personal-best with 26 points against Marshall (Jan. 6, 2001).
The 19 points from
Secrest represents all of the Huskies' bench scoring as they had trouble
getting more people involved in the offense. Only six Northern Illinois
players made it into the scoring column with Jennifer Youngblood
(Rock Island) next on the team with 15 points, while Kim Boeding (Fort
Madison, IA) adding 13 markers.
"Before the game
I felt that if we could get Lindsey on track that it would be big for
us and low and behold she came trough," Hammerle added. "She
came up big for us, but she didn't have much of a supporting cast. We
need to get more consistency out of her and everyone else."
Playing a complete
game was the biggest problem for the Huskies as the peaks were too high
and the valleys too low. Northern Illinois jumped out early on Dayton
as Secrest's only two-point basket gave NIU a 16-8 lead. But the hosts
went on a scoring binge of their own, going on a 13-4 run to take a one-point
lead (21-20) on a three-pointer from Sarah Allen. Allen nailed four three-pointers
as part of her 17 points. Cyndi Stull scored a game-high 21 points and
grabbed 13 points for a double-double.
Coming out of the
locker room with a 37-32 advantage, Flyers ran their lead to 50-38 as
the hosts hit a trio of three pointers to start the second stanza. Dayton
shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from behind the arc, compared to 6-for-15
(40.0 percent) by NIU. The Huskies got to within five points (50-45) when
a Secrest's three-pointer at the 12:48 mark of the second half capped
a 7-0 run.
But that's as close
as Northern Illinois would get as Dayton pushed the margin back to 11
points (58-47) before Boeding scored two of her 11 second-half points
to get it under ten points for the final time. After Boeding's basket,
NIU would not get a basket until the 4:59 mark when Youngblood's lay-up
made it 64-53. The Huskies shot 50 percent (12-of-24) in the second half,
but the Flyers countered with a 55.6 percent clip (15-for-27).
"We got to within
five points, but we're just not disciplined and mentally tough enough
to play the system on the road," Hammerle noted. "If things
don't go our way, we don't continue to execute and run the system. I'm
really disappointed that for some reason this ball club can not go on
the road and play the system."
gets another shot at the winning that first road game when the Huskies
travel to DePaul University on Wednesday (December 18) at 5 p.m.
--Copy by Michael