Women’s Basketball earns second overtime win of the season


By Justin Kelley

The women’s basketball team picked up its fourth Mid-American Conference win Saturday, beating the Eastern Michigan University Eagles in overtime 68-65.

This was the second time the Huskies needed to go into overtime this season, previously beating Brown University 109-102 in double overtime Dec. 31.

The Huskies struggled to start the game, shooting only 28.6 percent from the floor and were forced into commiting six turnovers. EMU also struggled scoring with only 13 points on 5-12 shooting in the quarter.

The poor shooting from both teams kept the game close as the Huskies trailed by four going to the second quarter 13-9.

Head Coach Lisa Carlsen talked about how her team has to fight to get a win no matter what.

“It was an ugly basketball game for a while, but one thing that I’ll never doubt is that this team has what it takes to fight until the final buzzer.

Both teams struggled with ball control in the second quarter combing for seven turnovers, four from NIU and three from EMU. The turnovers were key to boosting both teams’ offenses as they scored a combined 12 points off turnovers.

The Huskies were led by junior forward Ally May and Sophomore guard Gabby Nikitinaite in rebounds and scoring for the first half.

May grabbed five rebounds in the first half and Nikitinaite added nine points for the Huskies. Their efforts kept NIU competitive at halftime, being down by seven at 29-22.

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Both teams came out red hot in the second half with both teams shooting 53.8 percent each from the field. The Huskies outscored the Eagles 10-2 in fast break points to help NIU stay within seven points to end the third quarter down 47-40.

In the fourth quarter, the Huskies completed their comeback, taking the lead for the first time since the eight-minute mark of the first quarter.

NIU outscored the EMU 16-9 in the final quarter of regulation to briefly hold the lead for 38 seconds.

Carlsen said the key to her team’s comeback was her team’s ability to play together. “I thought that group that played most of the fourth quarter really did a great job of playing together on both sides of court.” Carlsen said.

Junior guard Myia Starks sparked the Huskies’ offense as she had six points and one assist in the  fourth quarter comeback.

The game was forced into overtime after a layup by May tied the game at 56 with 36 seconds left.

In overtime, both teams exchanged the lead three times and shot 50 percent from the field. A layup by Voigt and two clutch free throws by Starks down the stretch gave the Huskies a narrow 68-65 win.

Voigt led the Huskies in scoring for the game with 20 points while shooting 42.9 percent from the field. May compiled her fifth straight game with 10 or more rebounds in a game.

The Huskies will continue MAC play 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Convocation Center against the Bowling Green Falcons.