December 18, 2002
FINAL SCORE: DePAUL
79, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 65
Luke scored a game-high 24 points and DePaul withstood a strong second-half
rally to defeat Northern Illinois, 79-65, in non-conference womens
college basketball action here Wednesday (Dec. 18).
Five Blue Demons scored
in double figures as DePaul improved to 8-3 overall, defeating Northern
Illinois for the ninth consecutive season. NIU dropped to 3-5 on the season
despite 17 points from Kristan Knake (Marengo).
Luke hit five of 12
shots from the field including four three-pointers and canned all ten
of her free throw attempts. The work at the line kept DU control after
the Huskies had trimmed a 20-point deficit to five with 2:53 to play but
could get no closer.
jumper with 8:30 remaining established a 66-46 cushion before Northern
Illinois launched a frantic comeback. Knake hit consecutive baskets and
Lindsay Secrest (Bloomfield, IN) nailed two three-pointers during the
Huskies run. The second of those brought NIU to within 68-60 and
a Kim Boeding (Fort Madison, IA) free throw shaved the margin to 68-63.
Northern Illinois forced a Blue Demon turnover but could not take advantage
and managed only two Boeding free throws the rest of the way.
Khara Smith stemmed
the tide with two free throws and Dant added a jumper to stretch the margin
back to 73-63. Luke then hit four free throws and Jamie Smith added two
in the final 1:11 to seal the victory.
The Blue Demons took control midway through the first half, using a 20-4
streak to erase the Huskies 13-11 advantage. Consecutive three-pointers
from Knake and Monique Davis (Columbus, OH / Marion-Franklin) established
that two-point margin for NIU, but the Huskies managed only two baskets
over the next 7:55. DUs Jamie Smith connecting for a 31-20 lead
with 4:52 left in the half. DePaul sustained the momentum, carrying a
38-26 advantage into intermission on the strength of 58.3 percent (14-of-24)
shooting from the field.
NIU remains winless
in five road games this season, with the lone victory away from DeKalb
coming in the form of a 78-72 neutral-site triumph over San Jose State
University on Nov. 30. The Huskies have won both home dates this season
but are permitting 73.4 points per game on the road while scoring just
63.8 per outing.
playing well on the road, Northern Illinois coach Carol Hammerle
admitted. We seem to battle ourselves more than our opponents.
Early in the game we were so tentative. We hesitated a lot and had three
or four traveling calls because of that hesitation.
Knake had 12 points
after the break but NIU could not recover from 22 turnovers
and DUs 25-of-30 shooting at the free throw line. Northern Illinois
shot 60 percent (12-of-20) from the floor in the second half and a season-best
50 percent (22-of-44) overall, with Jennifer Youngblood (Rock Island)
contributing 11 points and Boeding tallying 10. Secrest collected nine
points off the bench, hitting three of four shots behind the three-point
big tonight, Hammerle said. She came in off the bench and
we were a little flat. She hit two big threes, and we got into a flow
to make the comeback attempt. We made the big run and then on our next
possession we had a turnover and missed a free throw. We couldnt
recover after that.
But any time
you play a good team like DePaul, you cant commit 22 turnovers and
give up 30 free throw attempts, the Huskie boss added. That
makes it very tough to win. DePaul played very smart defensively. They
anticipated well and came out to get passes. We didnt.
DePaul finished at
48 percent (24-of-50) from the floor with Dant and Jamie Smith each pouring
13 points. Charlene Smith added 11 and Khara Smith had ten for the victors.
attempts to retain its perfect record in the Convocation Center on Friday
(Dec. 20) when Bradley University comes to DeKalb for a 7:05 p.m. (CST)
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