Huskies falter in high scoring game

By Danielle Brown

DeKALB | The women’s basketball team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to face the Drake University Bulldogs in hopes of adding another win to its early outstanding record this season.

The Bulldogs won the game, 95-86, to give the Huskies their second loss on the season despite a double-double from redshirt senior forward Cassidy Glenn.

Glenn had 22 points and 10 rebounds for her third career double-double.

“This game had a ‘[Mid-American Conference game] feel’ to it,” said Head Coach Lisa Carlsen. “Anytime you can come to a place and be in the game up to the final minute, it’s a good experience. We didn’t play our best basketball. Drake has a good team…”

Drake (3-2) outscored the Huskies (4-2) inside and outside of the paint, leading nearly the entire game. Despite the loss, NIU remains the best scoring team in the nation, averaging 95.1 points per game with six players averaging double figures in scoring.

The majority of Drake’s points in the first were from driving the lanes, not many shots were taken outside of the arc. The Bulldogs made two consecutive 3-pointers toward the end of the quarter to take the lead on the Huskies.

A 3-pointer by Glenn tied the game at 32-32. With three minutes left in the quarter, Ally Lehman, MAC West Conference Player of the Weekend senior starting guard, picked up her second foul and had to be benched for the remainder of the half. Two consecutive 3-pointers by Courtney Woods, sophomore guard and forward, got the Huskies back into the game, 41-45, and NIU went into the half down 43-50.

The beginning of the fourth quarter saw both teams commit turnovers. An offensive charge by Lehman got her into foul trouble again. Woods and redshirt sophomore forward Renee Sladek also were in foul trouble most of the game.

The Huskies’ next game is 7 p.m. Friday in Peoria against Bradley University to continue their roadtrip.