Seminoles deal Huskies worst defeat of season

By Todd McMahon

The good news for the NIU women’s basketball team is it will remain home for at least the next three weeks.

The bad news, however, is the Huskies were thumped once again away from Chick Evans Field House. Florida State dealt NIU its worst defeat of the season, 99-74, Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla., before 442 at Tully Gymnasium.

The Huskies have lost three of their last four away from the field house and are 4-7 for the season on the opponents’ court, including a 1-4 mark against non-conference foes.

The Seminoles (14-10) were led by Tia Paschal’s 23 points and game-high 14 rebounds. Chantelle Dishman added 21 points and eight rebounds.

Cindy Conner paced NIU (14-11) with a game-high 29 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. E.C. Hill contributed 22 points and seven boards.

Fouls and consequently free throw shooting led to the dismal outcome for the Huskies. NIU committed 30 fouls and Florida State converted 35-of-41 (.854) from the charity stripe.

In the second half, alone, the Seminoles were an amazing 23-of-25 (.920) from the free-throw line.

Conversely, the Huskies went to the line 27 times and only made 16 (.592).

Although NIU stayed with Florida State on the boards (50-45 FSU), the Seminoles also used hot shooting in the second half to pull away from a 42-34 halftime advantage.

The Seminoles were 50 percent (17-of-34) from the floor in the final stanza and shot .442 for the game (31-of-70).

The Huskies, meanwhile, were only .383 (28-of-72) from the field for the game and just 2-of-11 from three-point range.

NIU looks to rebound tomorrow night (7:00) at the field house in a non-conference clash with Big Ten power Northwestern. The Huskies close out the regular season Thursday against Wisconsin-Green Bay.