Women’s basketball set for BGSU matchup


Courtney Woods, freshman guard/forward, dribbles down the baseline in a Nov. 17 game against Wisconsin Lutheran. The Huskies won 69-42.

By Joren Apiquian

Women’s basketball (8-8, 1-4 MAC) will take on Bowling Green (5-8) at 7 p.m. Wednesday after a close loss to Toledo over the weekend.

NIU took a 65-59 loss to the Falcons last season under the tutelage of former head coach Kathi Bennett and haven’t beaten Bowling Green once in the last 10 years. A win would push head coach Lisa Carlsen’s team back above .500 and help to break its four-game losing streak.

The Huskies’ last win came in a 65-58 victory over Akron on Jan 2. BGSU returns after dropping a game against Ball State over the weekend.

The Huskies are 4-1 on the road thus far this season, but have managed to go just 1-4 in the MAC. Bowling Green is also on a four-game losing streak and also have just one conference win. The Falcons are just 1-4 away from their home floor this season.

Junior guard Ally Lehman is NIU’s leading scorer, averaging 13.2 points per game and scoring nearly 200 of the Huskies’ total points this season. She also averages 11.5 rebounds per game and leads the Huskies in five categories. The Falcons have allowed at least 50 points in all 13 of their games, and NIU has averaged nearly 70 points per game at the halfway point of the year.

NIU hasn’t finished with over 12 wins since the 2011 season, and have a chance to surpass that number with 13 games remaining. The team finished 14-17 that year, its best record in its last eight seasons.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The game will also be televised on ESPN3.