Last second shot breaks loss streak


By Northern star staff

Women’s basketball (9-11, 2-7 MAC) broke its seven-game losing streak with a buzzer-beating three pointer, downing Buffalo University 76-74.

The Huskies struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 38 percent (14-36) and 40 percent from three. The Bulls shot over 47 percent from the field and 55 percent from three. NIU outrebounded Buffalo 24-19 despite being down five points at halftime.

NIU picked up its play on both sides of the ball in the second half, holding the Bulls to 30 percent shooting and hitting on 16 of its 34 shots.

Buffalo led 64-52 heading into the final period and looked to be on its way to a blowout win. NIU crawled back into the game with a dominating fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulls 24-10. The Huskies took their first lead with 14 seconds left on a layup by sophomore forward Kelly Smith.

Smith followed the bucket with a foul on freshman guard Stephanie Reid, giving the Bulls two free throws and a one-point lead with just less than four seconds remaining. Junior forward Cassidy Glenn nailed a deep three at the buzzer, giving the Huskies their ninth win of the season and breaking a losing streak that spanned nearly all of January.