Women’s Basketball falls to 3-3 in MAC play


By Justin Kelley

The women’s basketball team dropped to 3-3 in Mid-American Conference play, losing 69-53 to the red-hot Ohio University Bobcats Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats came into the match-up riding a 12-game winning streak and are 15-1 on the season.

The game featured of the two highest ranked offenses in the MAC  with the Bobcats and Huskies averaging 82.8 and 78.7 points per game respectively.

The Huskies stumbled out of the gates offensively, shooting 3-18 from the floor and managed to only score eight points in the first quarter.

Coach Lisa Carlsen talked how difficult is to come back against like the Bobcats, after not being able to score efficiently.

“We didn’t get of to a very good start offensively and when your playing a team like Ohio the margin for error is small. ” Carlsen said

The Bobcats took advantage of NIU’s slow start, scoring 20 points to give them a 12-point lead going into the second quarter.

Senior guard Mikayla Voigt led the Huskies with five points and two rebounds at the end of the first quarter.

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The Huskies defense kept the game close in the second quarter, allowing 12 points and forcing four turnovers. NIU didn’t have the same success on offense only scoring 11 points and kept the Ohio lead at double digits.

Junior guard Myia Starks added four points to help the Huskies close the gap going into halftime down 32-21.

The Huskies shooting woes continued to start the second half shooting 33.3 percent from the field. NIU’s defense again held the Bobcats to allow them to shoot 40 percent from the field, but their defensive efforts weren’t enough.

The game started to get out of hand in the fourth quarter as the Bobcats caught fire, shooting 75 percent from 3-point territory. The Huskies offense didn’t have the same success only shooting 33.3 percent from the field.

Voigt led the Huskies with 23 points and went perfect from the free throw line, though it was not enough as the Huskies lost 69-53.

Though she didn’t have a great night shooting Voigt plans of the same mentality to keep shooting.

“We have put in a lot of time to expect ourselves to knock down those shoots and were going to get back in the gym and have expectations of making those same shots Saturday.” Voigt said

This was the lowest scoring output for both teams this season  only combing for 122 points on the night

The Huskies continue MAC play on Saturday 1 p.m at Alumni Arena against the University of Buffalo.