ILLINOIS 67, SAINT LOUIS 61
Scott (Reynoldsburg, OH) scored 14 points and Jennifer Youngblood
(Rock Island) recordced her 29th career double-double with 12 points
plus ten rebounds as Northern Illinois defeated Saint Louis 67-61
in non-conference women's basketball action Thursday (Dec. 18).
(Rockford / Lutheran) added a season-high 11 points to help NIU
improve to 4-3 overall. Saint Louis fell to 6-3 on the season despite
a game-high 20 points from Angie Lewis.
really well tonight," Northern Illinois coach Carol Hammerle
said, noting her team's season-low ten turnovers. "We tried
to go inside because we felt they were vulnerable to our penetration."
with 9:02 left put the Huskies ahead for good after SLU rallied
from a 28-23 halftime deficit. Her rebound putback ended a 8:47
drought without a basket, and Scott's baseline save led to a Stephanie
Smith (Huntley / Hampshire) lay-up 90 seconds later for a 45-41
advantage. The lead grew to 58-47 on Youngblood's free throws before
Kirsti Holloway led a frantic comeback attempt in the final stages.
Holloway canned four three-pointers in the last 1:13 for 12 of her
14 tallies, but Northern Illinois hit 12 of 16 free throws in that
span to hold off the visitors.
Scott played roles in an 8-0 run midway through the first half,
capped by Lindsay Secrest's (Bloomfield, IN) jumper at the 7:10
mark which gave NIU a 23-15 advantage. Saint Louis climbed to within
five points at the break after shooting 43.5 percent (10-of-23)
from the field compared to the Huskies' 12-of-27 (44.4 percent)
touch. Northern Illinois out-rebounded the visitors 17-13 in the
opening 20 minutes.
the visitors' first nine points after the break, leading the way
back as Tyler McIlwraith drew SLU even at 39-all with a four-foot
jumper at the 10:26 mark. McIlwraith tied the game again at 41-41
a minute later before Scott led the Huskies back into command.
her previous season-high set Monday (Dec. 15) with ten points in
a 59-57 loss at Southeast Missouri State. On Thursday, the 5-5 freshman
also grabbed five rebounds and committed only one turnover in 25
minutes at the point.
her knowing she could make this kind of impact," Hammerle said
of the Rockford native. "It's fun to watch her play. She's
doing the job right now."
Coach Hammerle tells me to do, I'm expected to do," Raymond
added. "Compared to high school, the intensity has picked up
but the game hasn't changed much. I'm just trying to do whatever
I can to help the team."
finished the game at a modest 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field
and missed all six of its attempts from three-point range. Secrest
was 0-for-3 behind the arc, ending a streak of ten consecutive games
with a tri-lighter, although the senior contributed six points.
Freshman Mary Basic (Lemont / Chicago Heights Marian Catholic) added
seven points off the bench.
shot a season-high 32 free throws, hitting 23 of those charity tosses
compared to SLU's 15-of-19 mark. But Hammerle was quick to point
out her team's 38-34 rebounding advantage over a Billiken team which
had owned a plus-five margin over its foes entering Thursday's contest.
Saint Louis had just 11 offensive rebounds leading to five second-chance
points, while the Huskies scored 14 points following their 16 offensive
boards have been frustrating for us lately, but the players did
the job tonight," Hammerle explained. "That and the turnovers
(only four in the second half). We talk about controlling the offensive
boards and taking care of the basketball. I'm delighted with those
hits the road for the next three games, beginning Sunday (Dec. 21)
with a 2:05 p.m. matinee at Bradley. The Huskies also visit New
Mexico State (Dec. 28) and Texas-El Paso (Dec. 30) before returning
home to open the 2004 portion of the schedule versus DePaul on Jan.
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by Robert Hester