Two wins and a championship

By Lacy Searcy

DeKALB | When all the marbles were on the line, the NIU women’s basketball team showed what it was made of.

The Huskies came away with two victories against Cincinnati and Northwestern, which helped them take home the Roger L. White Invitational championship. Guard Stephanie Raymond was named the tournament MVP.

“This is a great day for us,” Owens said. “It’s been a long time since a lot of our young ladies, especially the seniors, have won a tournament like this. They are just so excited. It brings a certain pride within the team. I’m just really proud of them.”

Owens has a lot to be proud of. In the first game against the Bearcats, the Huskies came out on fire from the three-point line. NIU shot 10-19 from beyond the arc with Whitney Lowe knocking down four and freshman Kylie York banging down three.

That wasn’t all the Huskies did. Raymond scored 20 points by only making one field goal. Raymond went 17 of 18 from the free-throw line.

“We told her to drive it,” Owens said. “We had our opportunities based on how they were defending ball screens. We wanted to attack off that.”

With all that momentum coming off a big victory against the Bearcats, the Huskies took care of business early against the Wildcats.

NIU jumped to a 36-18 lead at halftime with Raymond leading the way with 15 points.

Despite Raymond leaving the game early in the second half because of hard fall, the Huskies finishing off the Wildcats.

NIU had four players in the double digits with Raymond leading the way with 21 points, and Whitney Lowe with 15 points.