NIU women’s basketball: Huskies blown out by Ohio Bobcats

By Walter Douglas

What happened

Women’s basketball (6-9, 2-3 MAC) lost to the Ohio Bobcats (14-3, 5-1 MAC), 67-40, Wednesday night in Athens, Ohio.

How it happened

NIU led 3-2 early on, but the Bobcats went on a 10-0 run, and the Huskies were never able to contain the Bobcats’ offense. The Huskies ended up giving up 67 points to the Bobcats, which is the highest point total given up by NIU this season.

As the defense struggled, so did the offense. The Huskies only scored 40 points, which is their season low. NIU scored 23 points in the second half after posting 17 in the first half.

The Bobcats shot the ball effectively. They were 27-56 from the field going for 48.2 percent and 8-22 from beyond the 3-point line for 36.4 percent. The Huskies couldn’t connect with the rim, and it showed with them shooting 16-60 from the field going for 26.7 percent and 3-18 from beyond the 3-point line, going for 16.7 percent.

The number

17: That was the number of rebounds sophomore guard Ally Lehman finished the game with. Her four offensive rebounds and 13 defensive rebounds are career highs in each category. The previous records for her offensive rebounds was three against Bradley on Nov. 21, and her previous total rebounding and defensive rebounding record was 11 against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 26.

Northern Star players of the game

Senior guard Amanda Corral finished with a game-high 15 points and four rebounds as the rest of her teammates combined for 25 points.

Sophomore forward Hannah Boesinger finished with a team-high 13 points and five rebounds, coming off the bench to shoot 5-7 from the field, including 2-4 from 3-point territory.

Up next

The Huskies will stay on the road and will take on the Buffalo Bulls 1 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y.