Women’s basketball losing streak up to 6 games

By Joren Apiquian

Women’s basketball (8-10, 1-6 MAC) fell to Ohio (15-3, 7-0 MAC) 72-47 on Saturday, dropping its sixth consecutive game.

Ohio shot 43.9 percent from the field for the game, holding NIU to just 31.5 percent. Missed free throws also came back to haunt the Huskies in the blowout loss. They shot 68.8 percent from behind the line and 11 percent from three, never getting the chance to get their offense going. The Huskies surrendered 23 turnovers throughout the game. NIU’s only true advantage came in rebounding. It outrebounded the Bobcats 40-35.

NIU’s biggest letdown occurred in the third quarter. The team scored only five points in the third period, allowing Ohio to build its lead and seal the game.

Head coach Lisa Carlsen spoke on the blowout loss, citing careless mistakes as a key factor.

“We gave them too many opportunities, giving them the basketball and turning it over,” she said. “A lot of those led to second chance opportunities. It was a problem for us in the first half and it didn’t get a lot better in the second half.”

The team will look to end its current losing streak as it hits the road this week, taking on Kent State at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Kent, Ohio.