Friday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 12/29/2012

 

Friday's Women's Basketball Results
Xavier 66, Northern Illinois 54
Illinois-Chicago 66, Western Michigan 58
San Diego 78, Central Michigan 72
 
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Xavier 66, Northern Illinois 54
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A strong first half performance by Xavier was too much to overcome for Northern Illinois in a 66-54 loss at the 2012 Cavalier Classic on Friday evening at Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena. The Musketeers (6-6) outscored the Huskies (4-7) 37-30 in the first half, which was enough to withstand NIU's 34-29 edge in the second.
 
"The first half shot selection for us was not good," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "We did a good job of playing together in the second half. We shared the ball and were strong defensively. I liked the improvement that I saw. We played extremely hard. We just couldn't get a shot to fall in the first half. We definitely have some positives to take away from this game."
 
In the second game of a season long five-game road trip, NIU came out flat on offense which led to an opportunistic first half for Xavier. The Musketeers used a 14-0 run over a four minute span in the middle of the half to grab their largest lead of the game, 31-12, with 4:10 left. The lead was built on solid ball movement on offense, using a size advantage to score in the paint and taking advantage of NIU turnovers.
 
The Huskies had a hard time staying in front of guard Shatyra Hawkes, who scored 19 points in the game on 8-for-11 shooting. Her play helped Xavier hold 44.4-30.8 shooting percentage, 21-14 rebound, 7-9 turnover, 18-4 points off turnovers and 16-6 points in the paint advantages at the half.
 
NIU regrouped after the break and played a much better second half, starting with a 9-2 run to cut it to a 10 point deficit with 13:50 left after a driving layup by Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart), who scored 11 points to extend her double figure scoring streak to a career-high six games. After enduring a 9-0 Xavier run, the Huskies again fought back thanks to the play of Ashley Sneed (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) and Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone).
 
Sneed scored nine of her season-high 13 points in the second half while Augusta poured in 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second half as well, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Sneed ended the 9-0 run with a driving layup and then back-to-back baskets in the paint by Augusta brought NIU within 13.
 
A few minutes later, Corral nailed a three from the top of the key and Augusta followed with another score in the post to cut the lead to eight points with 2:53 remaining. But two straight three-point plays by Hawkes ended any hope of a late Huskie comeback.
 
NIU continues play at the 2012 Cavalier Classic tomorrow against Norfolk State (2-9) at 3:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on Huskie All-Access.
 
 
Illinois-Chicago 66, Western Michigan 58
CHICAGO- UIC used a strong second half to defeat the Western Michigan women's basketball team, 66-58, Friday night. In a tale of two halves, Western Michigan opened the game on a 10-0 run, but had trouble finding the bottom of the basket in the second half.
Western Michigan (4-8) hit its first three shots of the night and led by 11 with 15:50 left in the first half. The Flames briefly tied the contest at 19-19 but never led in the first half. The Broncos clung to a 28-27 lead at halftime.
 
UIC (4-7) took the lead scoring the first four points out of the break and went on a 9-2 run at the beginning of the second half. The Flames continued to pull away and led by 20, 58-38, midway through the half. The Broncos made just two of its first 12 shots of the second half, while UIC made nine of its first 14.
 
"From one game to the next, I feel like we have been Jekyll & Hyde, and tonight it was even from one half to another. That is the biggest thing we have talked to this team about was consistency. Our focus was really bad tonight, and there is no excuse for that."
 
UIC got a big boost from freshman guard Terri Bender who pumped in a career-high 16 points. She entered game averaging 3.7 points per game. Rachel Story also scored 16 points for the Flames, while Emily Korbel had 13 points, hitting three second-half three-pointers.
 
UIC shot 34.4 percent in the first half and heated up to 50 percent in the second half, to finish at 42.2 percent for the game. The Broncos were nearly even in its accuracy both halves and shot 35.0 percent overall.
 
Western Michigan was outscored in the paint, 40-20, and was outrebounded by six, 43-37.
 
A.J. Johnson led WMU with 12 points, also totaling three assists and three steals. Jasmine Knowles came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points, all of those in the second half. Miracle Woods had seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
 
The Broncos travel to Temple for its final non-conference game of the season, Jan. 7. WMU opens Mid-American Conference play Jan. 10, hosting Eastern Michigan.
 
 
San Diego 78, Central Michigan 72
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Central Michigan women's basketball program fell in overtime to host San Diego in the opening round of the Maggie Dixon Surf N' Slam Classic Friday night, 78-72.
 
The Chippewas (5-6) trailed by one, 60-59, when senior Jalisa Olive hit a three with 1:26 to play in the second half to give the Maroon and Gold a 62-60 advantage. The Toreros came right back and responded with a jumper from their leading scorer Amy Kame to tie the game back at 62.
 
Olive was able to get an open look from deep with 30 seconds to play, but the shot did not fall and after a mad scramble the ball rolled out of bounds in the Chippewas' favor. With one last chance to win the game, sophomore Crystal Bradford drove to the basket and saw a runner just rim out with seven seconds to play, sending the game to overtime.
 
The Toreros (8-3) struck first in the extra period, as Alysse Barlow hit a mid-range jumper to put them out in front, 64-62. Bradford then earned three points the hard way with 3:33, giving the Chippewas the lead, 65-64. Unfortunately, the one-point advantage would be the last of the game for the Chippewas as three-straight baskets for the Toreros put them out in front, 70-65. 
 
Another three by Olive with 48 seconds brought the Chippewas back within two, 72-70, and after a subsequent foul put Kame at the line, the game was sealed by San Diego.
 
Kame missed the second of her two attempts at the line, but Felicia Wijenberg came up with the offensive rebound only to make a layup and get fouled. Central Michigan was then called for a technical foul and the Toreros hit one of the two free attempts to push the lead to 76-70.
 
Sophomore Jessica Green was able to give CMU one last glimmer of hope, going the length of the court for a layup with 15 seconds to play, but the Toreros made one of two at the line and then blocked a three-point attempt by Olive to secure the win.
 
The Chippewas struggled early in the first half, allowing the Toreros to start the game on a 10-2 run before junior Niki DiGuilio hit the first field goal of the game with a three from the corner. USD led by as much as 12 in the first , 27-15. A 9-2 run allowed CMU to pull within four, 28-24, and after the Toreros extended the lead back to eight, 32-24, Green made a pair of layups in the final minute for a 32-28 halftime deficit. 
 
A hot start to the second half allowed CMU to battle back and Olive tied the game at 50 with a deep three with 9:22 to play. Freshman guard Da'Jourie Turner then drove down through the heart of the Toreros' defense on the Chippewas' next possession, making a runner to give them their first lead of the game, 52-50.
 
Bradford led the way for the Chippewas, scoring 18 points and pulling down a season-high 15 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Green scored in double digits for the eighth time this season, pouring in 14 points, while Olive finished with 13 off the bench for her third-straight game in double figures.
 
Kame led four players in double digits for USD, scoring 19 points on 8-of-25 shooting from the field. Maya Hood finished with a double-double, scoring 12 and pulling down 11 boards.
 
The Chippewas will play the loser of the second game of the tournament between Iowa and No. 21/20 Texas Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. EST.