Women’s basketball drops fifth straight

By Joren Apiquian

Women’s basketball (8-9, 1-5 MAC) continued its losing streak, dropping its fifth straight after losing to Bowling Green (6-9, 2-4 MAC) 58-43 Wednesday night.

Low shooting percentages and turnovers cost NIU yet another chance at winning. The Huskies shot 26.7 percent from the field, going 16-60 on the night while the Falcons shot 36.4 percent and shot 24-66 from the field. The Huskies were forced into 14 turnovers on the day as well.

The first period consisted of close offense as neither team was able to grab a significant lead. Bowling Green outscored the Huskies 13-11 in the opening period of play after numerous turnovers and missed shots by both sides.

NIU gained a quick lead after a three-pointer from freshman guard MiKayla Voigt to start off the second period. The Falcons didn’t allow another Huskies point for the rest of the first half after going on a 21-3 scoring run.

BGSU dominated the glass, picking up 13 offensive rebounds to NIU’s eight and 38 defensive rebounds to the Huskies’ 30. The frequent amount of missed shots at home resulted in a meltdown for NIU.

“[If] you look at what we did, especially as far as shooting the basketball… that’s a tough night shooting no matter where you’re at,” NIU head coach Lisa Carlsen said. “I can’t say that I would’ve expected us to do that here at home. Sometimes that happens and unfortunately, I thought Bowling Green did a nice job at getting off to a good start and we just had a hard time sinking the ball in the basket.”

The Huskies will look to end their five-game losing streak at home as they take on Ohio at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Convocation Center.