Eastern Michigan Holds Off Northern Illinois in the MAC Tournament, 67-65

Updated 2/28/2000
No. 5 Eastern Michigan 67, No. 12 Northern Illinois 65 Eastern Michigan's starting guard tandem of Kristy Maska and Stephanie Smiley combined for 31 points as the Eagles held off Northern Illinois, 67-65.

The win for the Eagles improved their mark to 15-13 on the season, while the Huskies finished with a 6-22 mark.

EMU, which advances to face fourth-seeded Miami at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, had a balanced scoring attack, in addition to Maska's and Smiley's combined 31 points. Senior Amy Crickard had nine points, while Abby Wiseman and Jessica Henry had eight points each.

Northern Illinois had four of its starters reach double digits in scoring, paced by 18 points from freshman Kristan Knake. Michelle Johnson and Kelli Ryan each scored 12 points for the Huskies, who shot 42 percent from the floor.