Women’s basketball drops MAC match against Buffalo


By Justin Kelley

The women’s basketball team braved the weather and traveled to Buffalo, New York, but fell 93-64 to the University of Buffalo Bulls Saturday. The game featured the top two scorers in the Mid-American Conference.

Buffalo’s forward Cierra Dillard and NIU senior guard Mikayla Voigt rank at the top of the MAC, averaging 25.1 and 20.9 points per game respectively.

Head coach Lisa Carlsen said Dillard is important to the Bulls success.

“ Obviously we know she can score but, she is a willing passer and does all the other little things right to get them going.” Carlson said .

Voigt surpassed the 1500 point mark for her career and entered the record books as the 13th player in the program to do so.

The Huskies struggled offensively to start the game scoring ten points on 3 of 17 shooting from the floor. NIU’s defense had its hands full with Dillard as she scored six points and went shot 2-3 from the floor.

Voigt and Junior forward Ally May both had four points to lead the Huskies in scoring for the first quarter.

The Huskies took the lead 20-19 after a 10-3 scoring run at the start of the second quarter. Buffalo would reclaim the lead soon after; Dillard hit two free throws on a foul from Junior forward Riley Blackwell.

Voigt’s seven points and May’s three rebounds in the quarter helped the Huskies keep the deficit at 3 trailing 37-34 at halftime.

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NIU cut its deficit down to eight in the third quarter, after a three pointer from redshirt sophomore guard Paulina Castro. That would be the closest that NIU would get as the Bulls went a 14-8 point run to finish the quarter.

The game slipped out of the Huskies’ hands in the fourth quarter as the Bulls extended their lead to 20 after a field goal from Junior forward Summer Hemphill. The Huskies took eleven shots and  had one bench point to finish the game.

Voigt finished the game with a team high of 26 points and grabbed six rebounds for NIU. Other Huskies didn’t have the same success, as the bench managed only eight combined points.

May finished with a Double-Double with ten points and rebounds with five being offensive.

Coach Carlsen talked about the lack of offense output outside of  Voigts continuations,

“The support today from the rest of her teammates today from a scoring stand point wasn’t it need to be, some of that is not getting into a good flow.” Carlsen said.

The Huskies continue MAC play 6 p.m on Wednesday in the Convocation Center against the Western Michigan Broncos.