Huskies in 10th After Second Round at Rio Verde Invitational

GO HUSKIES Jenny Niemiec leads the way for the Huskies after the second round of play at the 12th Annual Rio Verde Invitational.
GO HUSKIES
Jenny Niemiec leads the way for the Huskies after the second round of play at the 12th Annual Rio Verde Invitational.
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March 8, 2014

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RIO VERDE, Ariz. -The Northern Illinois University women's golf team fell three spots to 10th after posting a 323 in the second round of play at the 12th Annual Rio Verde Invitational Saturday.

The Huskies have a two-round total of 627 and lead fellow Mid-American Conference school Akron (640) and in-state foes Bradley (630) and Illinois State (642). Xavier leads all 18 teams with a 601, while six individuals lead with a two-round score of 148.

Senior Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) climbed three spots to 25th shooting a second-round 77 for a two-day total of 154. Sophomore Connie Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire), who started the day in 40th, made the biggest jump of the day. Ellett is in 27th after carding a second-round 77 with a two-day total of 155.

"Jenny and Connie played well today," said NIU head coach Kim Kester. "[Connie] was playing well this weekend. She had a bit of a hiccup on the par three, fourth hole. She's continuing to play well this spring."

Freshman Sydney Brickey (Burtchville, Mich./ Shattuck-St. Mary's), who was leading after the first round of play, was unable to duplicate her even par 71 of yesterday. Brickey carded an 85 and is in 31st with a 156, eight shots out of first place.

"It was an unfamiliar position for Sydney to be in today," Kester said. "She never led a tournament before. We knew her score was going to be a little bit higher just because of the experience factor."

Freshman Lena Gautier (LaCelle Saint Cloud, France/Creteil) is 66th with a two-day total of 162 (78-84), while sophomore Samantha Coyne (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) is 77th with a 165 (80-85).

The Huskies wrap up play at Quail Run Golf Course at Rio Verde Country Club tomorrow morning with a 9 a.m. CT shotgun start. Fans can follow all the action live on golfstat.com with live three-hole scoring.

Team Scores:1. Xavier (601); 2. Wichita State (603); 3. Montana (604); 4. Western Michigan (610); 5. Toledo (612); 6. Eastern Michigan (616); 7. Northern Arizona (616); 8. Ball State (619); 9. Ohio (626); T-10. Northern Illinois (627), Bowling Green State (627); 12. Bradley (630); 13. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (634); 14. Arkansas-Little Rock (635); 15. Missouri State (637); 16. Akron (640); 17. Illinois State (642); 18. UMKC (645).

Individual Scores:T-1. Alejandro Arellano (WSU) 148, Barbora Bakova (UM) 148, Shane Crutchfield (XU) 148, Tara Green (UM) 148, Jacquie LeMarr (UNA) 148, Alexa Schendelman (UM) 148; T-7. Kaitlen Parsons (UNA) 149, Sathika Ruenreong (UT) 149, Abigail Smith (XU) 149; T-10. Jennifer Elsholz (UT) 150, Ariel McNair (XU) 150, Laura Moutrey (WMU) 150.

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