Losses piling up for women’s basketball


Junior guard Ally Lehman drives to the lane in a Feb. 13 game against Central Michigan University. Lehman scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Saturday against Eastern Michigan University, but the Huskies lost in a 84-60 blowout.

By Joren Apiquian

Women’s basketball (10-15, 3-11 MAC) took another road loss Saturday, falling to conference rival Eastern Michigan University (17-8, 8-6 MAC) 84-60.

The Huskies’ hopes at finishing the regular season at .500 are now gone as there are only four games remaining. The best the team can finish is 14-15, but it would need to win out the rest of its games.

Failure to shoot well from the field has been a theme for NIU this season, and it’s resulted in a lot of bad losses for the team. The Huskies shot 37.5 percent from the field and allowed nearly 90 points.

The Eagles led 25-9 after just one quarter, dominating from the opening tip. Freshman guard/forward Courtney Woods set a new career-high with 21 points, shooting 7-10 from the field. Woods also shot 5-8 from beyond the arc and picked up six assists.

Junior forward Cassidy Glenn notched a double-double for the Huskies, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Junior guard Ally Lehman pitched in a good game as well, dropping 13 points and 12 rebounds. Lehman broke a Huskie record with 18 games of at least 10 rebounds in one season.

“We didn’t handle the press very well at all,” said head coach Lisa Carlsen, according to an NIU Athletics news release. “We talked all week that any time we run into that kind of pressure that we couldn’t attack with soft passes and that’s where I think we got into trouble. I don’t think we were aggressive enough. Eastern Michigan got their hands on a lot of balls that created offense for them.”

NIU will look to get a win column this week as it faces Western Michigan University in the first of two matchups this season. Tip off will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Kalamazoo, Mich.