Women’s basketball splits weekend

By Frank Gogola

Women’s basketball ended its six-game losing streak with a Thursday victory, but it fell back into the loss column Sunday.

The Huskies (9-17, 5-11 MAC) defeated the Toledo Rockets (13-14, 8-8 MAC), 68-59, Thursday at the Convocation Center. They then hit the road and dropped a 54-45 decision against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (16-11, 6-10) Sunday in Ypsilanti, Mich.


The Huskies took down the Rockets, 68-59, after a furious comeback at the end of regulation and into overtime. They outscored the Rockets 28-12 in the final 10:40 of the game, including 14-5 in overtime.

“I thought we showed incredible toughness,” said head coach Kathi Bennett. “[We] got down seven [with] under six minutes left to go. [We] had a chance to win it and just stayed really tough-minded and came out in overtime and played fearlessly and got the win.”

Sophomore guard Alexis Lindstrom and junior guard Amanda Corral opened the overtime session with back-to-back 3-pointers. The Huskies held the Rockets to 1-11 shooting from the field in the extra frame en route to the win.

“I think we just took open shots and just played with no fear,” Bennett said. “That might sound simple, but it’s like, ‘We got nothing to lose. Let’s just go for it. [If the shot’s] open, take it.’ And we did; we took good shots and stayed aggressive.”

The Huskies outscored the Rockets 14-7 in the final 5:40 of regulation to force overtime. They trailed by as many as seven points, 47-40, with 6:24 to play, after leading the majority of the first half.

Corral paced the Huskies with 20 points. Lindstrom added 14 points, including 4-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Freshman forward Jazmine Harris chipped in 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Eastern Michigan

The Huskies lost, 54-45, to the Eagles and fell to the No. 9 seed with two games to play. They got as close as 45-40 with 6:29 to play, but the Eagles closed out the game on a 9-5 run.

“It was a struggle all day today, just energy-wise,” Bennett said. “Playing defense, we were consistent. We held them to 54 [points]. A lot of it had to do with the pace of the game. … I just thought we had a lot where we just did not finish the play.”

The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but the Huskies fought back and took their first lead at 15-14 on an Ally Lehman jumper in the paint at the 12:20 mark. They exchanged the lead four times and were tied twice in the first half, and the Eagles took a 24-23 lead into the intermission.

The Huskies scored the opening two points of the second half to go up 25-24, but the Eagles went on a 15-2 run to sprint ahead 39-27 with 15:42 to play and never looked back.

The Huskies committed 20 turnovers, which led to 15 EMU points. They outrebounded the Eagles, 37-31, but EMU outscored them, 11-5, in second-chance points.

“… For the most part we were very unaggressive in looking for our shots, in getting penetration — those types of things,” Bennett said. “We need every opportunity. … If you’re going to win games on the road, you can’t beat yourself. We did a lot of things by giving up second-chance points and turning the ball over where we did beat ourselves.”