Guard’s record game propels team to win

Redshirt senior forward Cassidy Glenn (left) powers herself to the paint against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers defense Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The Huskies won 114-104 in overtime.

By Eddie Garcia

DeKALB | Senior guard Ally Lehman’s career night helped propel women’s basketball to a 114-104 double overtime victory Wednesday against the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers.

Lehman led the Huskies with a career- and game-high 48 points and 21 rebounds, with 38 points and 12 rebounds coming in the second half and overtime alone. The 48 points also tied a Mid-American Conference record.

Freshman guard Janae Poisson supplemented the offense as the second leading scorer with 16 points on 75 percent shooting from the field in 21 minutes of play.

Milwaukee held a lead for 88 percent of the game, but the Huskies would come back to take the lead with 1.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as Lehman was fouled and converted both free throws.

The Panthers would return to score a last second shot to tie the game at 87 and send it into the first overtime.

The game reached a second overtime as the Huskies relied on their stamina to complete the comeback victory.

Four of the Huskies played more than 40 minutes with Lehman leading the way with 46 minutes. Sophomore guards Courtney Woods and Mikayla Voigt played 42 minutes each, and junior forward Kelly Smith saw 41 minutes on the court.

Head Coach Lisa Carlsen said she depended on veteran leadership from Lehman and the team’s defensive relentlessness in the overtime periods.

The Huskies outscored the Panthers 17-7 in the second overtime period. Poisson had two key three-point field goals in the second overtime as she shot 67 percent from behind the arc.

The teams shot a similar 48 percent from the field in the first half. The Panthers led the Huskies by nine points heading into the second half, 46-37, and out rebounded the team 22-15.

“We didn’t make any adjustments,” Carlsen said. “I just think we needed to play defense with a little more sense of urgency. We played a team that is really good. They won 19 games last year, they went to the post season. They’re going to knock down shots, they’re going to be able to take advantage of breakdowns we have defensively. I just think that we had spurts especially in the second half and the overtime where we did a better job of playing defense with a bit little more sense of urgency. So I don’t know that it was necessarily an adjustment as much as it was these guys really digging deep down.”

The Huskies look to continue their hot start 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Macomb against the Western Illinois University Leathernecks.