Senior guard guides Huskies to a victory

Lisa CarlsenHead Coach

By Eddie Garcia

PEORIA | The women’s basketball team (5-2) bounces back with an 81-51 victory over Bradley University (2-5) as senior guard Ally Lehman records her second triple-double in the past three games to lead the NCAA for most triple doubles this season.

Senior guard Ally Lehman scored 12 points, 10 assists and had 11 rebounds as she helped fuel a 20-2 run which gave NIU a commanding 36-20 point lead over the Bulldogs (2-5) to finish the first half.

“[Lehman’s] obviously a catalyst for what we do,” said Head Coach Lisa Carslen. “She runs the point, does a great job of finding her teammates [and] has a great feel to where they are going to be as [she] gives them the ball in situations where they can be successful.”

Carlsen said Lehman has always been good at rebounding the basketball for a guard so the numbers aren’t surprising, and when the team is making shots, it gives her an opportunity to spread the ball to the areas the shooters are comfortable in.

The Huskies largest lead of the game was 33 points as they shot 54 percent from behind the arc on 7-for-13 three-point field goals.

Six players scored in double figures with sophomore guard Mikayla Voigt leading the team on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-5 on three-point field goals in 31 minutes of play. Freshman guard Janae Poisson supplemented the team’s offense as she joined Voigt with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting in 18 minutes of play.

NIU led Bradley in most major offensive statistical categories as it shot 48 percent from the field compared to Bradley’s 25 percent shooting, and the Huskies out rebounded Bradley 56-39, including 14 offensive rebounds which lead to 18 second-chance points.

“I think we did a pretty good job defensively switching through screens and it got us going offensively,” Carlsen said. “We were able to create some tough shots for them [and] rebound the basketball, then get out and go.”

NIU remained in control throughout the game, outscoring Bradley 45-31 in the second half.

The Huskies controlled the tempo throughout the game as they went 21-0 in fast break points. The women’s team showed off its inside game as they more than doubled Bradley’s points in the paint, 40-18.

The Huskies (5-2) take a week break for finals before playing 2 p.m. Sunday against Iowa State University (5-0) in Aimes, Iowa.

“Obviously an opportunity to play a team in the Big 12 [Conference] is always going to be a challenge for us,” Carlsen said. “It’ll be good for the kids to have a few days off and really focus on finishing the semester strong as far as finals. Then we’ll get back and prepare for Iowa State and go in there hopefully with a chance to be competitive and win the ball game.”