Courtesy of NIU Athletics
DeKALB — Women’s basketball won an overtime victory at home against the University at Buffalo Bulls 69-64 Saturday at the Convocation Center.
Junior forward A’Jah Davis got a career high in rebounds as she grabbed 21 rebounds.
NIU went into this game as the 9th seed in the Mid-American Conference looking to climb up the ranks as they went against the number two seed in Buffalo.
Huskies looked for a win against the Bulls after losing to them 61-68 on Feb. 6. The Bulls had snapped the Huskies’ three-game winning streak the last time they played.
NIU shot well in the first quarter as they went 50% from the field and 44.4% from the three-pointer. Huskies went on a 14-0 run from 6:07- 2:03. This run was made possible by the contribution from senior guard Janae Poisson. Poisson had nine points in the first quarter.
Buffalo couldn’t get shots to fall as they shot 22.2% from the field and 16.7% from the 3-point line. The Bulls shot poorly because of great defense from the Huskies. Huskies made it difficult for the Bulls to shoot as they pressured them in the paint and from the 3-point line.
Huskies shot poorly in the second at 20% from the field. NIU couldn’t knock down wide open shots in the second quarter. They scored eight points in the second quarter compared to Buffalo’s 17 points.
The Bulls went on an 8-0 run from 6:09- 5:15. Bulls’ guard Dyaisha Fair had eight points in the second quarter as she made jump shots. The Bulls shot 33.3% in the second quarter and 33.3% from the 3-point line.
The Huskies were up at halftime 28-26. A’Jah Davis and Poisson led the Huskies in scoring with nine points each. Fair led the Bulls with 10 points.
NIU started the third quarter with an 8-0 run. Davis and Poisson had four points each in this run as they were able to score in the paint on defenders. Poisson had nine points in the third quarter.
NIU was rolling in the third quarter as they took a 10 point lead, 41-31 with 4:47 left after a made jumper from graduate guard Nia Ahart.
The Bulls made a comeback in the fourth quarter after being down 13, 37-50 with 8:08 left in the game. They went on a 7-0 run from 3:16-0:38 to bring them within one, 52-53.
Sophomore guard Jayden Marable made a jumpshot for NIU to take a three point lead, 50-53 with 38 seconds left. Bulls forward Georgia Wolley made a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left.
NIU had the ball with 26 seconds looking to win the game. Davis would go for a layup and miss and the Bulls would run the ball up the court. Fair would drive to the hoop looking to score and win the game but she missed. The game would go into overtime tied 55-55.
Davis and Poisson took control in overtime as they were knocking down shots for the Huskies at the free throw line. Davis had four points in overtime and Poisson had six points.
The Bulls tried in a great effort to win the game but they couldn’t close out because the Huskies were knocking down free throws through the entire five minutes of play. The Huskies won this game 69-64.
Bulls’ Fair led all scorers with 27 points. Poisson led the Huskies in points with 26 points. Davis recorded another double-double with 19 points and 21 rebounds.
NIU now has an overall record of 10-12 and is 7-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo is 16-8 overall and is 10-4 in the MAC.
The Huskies head on the road to Kent, Ohio, as they play Kent State University at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday.