Saturday's Women's Basketball Results
Northern Illinois 69, Norfolk State 38
Toledo 76, Charlotte 66
Valparaiso 58, Ball State 53
Pittsburgh 91, Buffalo 77
Tulane 71, Eastern Michigan 65
Courtesy Of MAC Sports Information Departments
Northern Illinois 69, Norfolf State 38
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Northern Illinois turned a good second half yesterday into a complete game Saturday evening in a 69-38 win over Norfolk State to take third place at the 2012 Cavalier Classic at Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena. The Huskies (5-7) used a season-high nine three-pointers to win their first all-time meeting with the Spartans (2-10).
"I was happy with the energy we had for 40 minutes," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "We moved the ball well against the zone, made the extra pass and played unselfish. We got a much-needed win today."
Behind a 9-for-15 performance on three-pointers, the Huskies led from wire to wire. Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart), Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola) and Alexis Lindstrom (Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove) all connected on threes in the opening minutes to help NIU build an early 10-2 lead, and NSU never recovered as the NIU lead kept growing.
Through stellar ball movement, the Huskies easily picked apart NSU's 2-3 zone as they took a 40-20 lead into halftime, the second highest scoring half of the season. Lindstrom played a huge part in the lead as she went 4-for-4 on threes en route to 14 first half points. Her shooting opened up the lane for Natecia Augusta (Peoria, Ill./Limestone), who battled in the post to score 12 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the foul line.
"We definitely need to use Alexis more," said Bennett. "She did a great job of shooting and played good defense too. I'm proud of how hard she played. She had a great game, which was really good to see.
"For Natecia to play back-to-back games with 20-plus minutes and scoring double figures is a great sign. She shot the ball really well from the free throw line and had a really good weekend for us."
In the first half, NIU went 7-for-10 on threes while NSU was 0-for-6, and had 10 assists on 11 field goals. The Huskies also held edges in free throws made (11-4), points off turnovers (11-4) and bench points (14-6).
Midway through the second half, NIU opened the game up even more with a 12-0 run that was capped by a pull-up jumper from Ashley Sneed (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) as the shot clock expired. The bucket gave the Huskies their largest lead of the game at 60-24. Lindstrom also added another three to make her a perfect 5-for-5 on the day. She led the team with a season-high 17 points, adding four rebounds and two assists.
Corral also reached double figures with 11 points and six rebounds to extend her streak of scoring 10-plus points to seven games. She grabbed six rebounds and went 3-for-6 on threes to boot.
For the game, NIU handed out 14 assists on 21 field goals, led by Jenna Thorp's (Hinckley, Ill./Hinckley-Big Rock) career-high five assists. The bench outscored the Spartan bench 30-14 and NIU pulled down a season-high 36 rebounds, holding NSU to a 28.8 shooting percentage and a 0-for-10 three-point performance. Additionally, the Huskies put together their best game from the foul line by going 18-for-23.
Augusta was named to the all-tournament team for her solid play all weekend. The sophomore forward scored 14 points against Xavier and 12 versus NSU, went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and 8-for-11 on field goals. She averaged 13 points, three rebounds and one block per game for the tournament.
The Huskies resume their season long five-game road trip Saturday, January 5 against Valparaiso at 1:30 p.m. CT in the last game before starting Mid-American Conference play at Buffalo on January 10.
Toledo 76, Charlotte 66
ATLANTA, GA - Toledo ran its win streak to 10-consecutive games with a 76-66 victory over Charlotte on Saturday in the opening game of the Georgia State Holiday Tournament in the GSU Sports Arena. With the triumph, the Rockets improve to 11-1 on the season.
UT will now play the host Panthers in tomorrow's championship game at approximately 4:00 p.m. Georgia State defeated Mississippi Valley State, 76-60, in today's other first-round contest.
Senior Yolanda Richardson paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with a career-high 24 points against the 49ers (8-3), to go along with a team-high eight rebounds and one blocked shot. Richardson shot a sizzling 12-of-17 from the field to score at least 20 points in a game for the fourth time in her collegiate career.
Toledo also received 10 points each from senior Naama Shafir and sophomore Inma Zanougera, as well as nine points each from senior Lecretia Smith and junior Andola Dortch to extend its win streak to double digits for the ninth time in school history.
The Rockets shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68) from the field, including 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from three-point land, and 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the charity stripe to surpass the 70-point plateau for the seventh time this season.
Valparaiso 58, Ball State 53
Ball State's women's basketball team suffered a five point loss, 58-53, at Valparaiso Saturday despite a 14-point performance from Nathalie Fontaine.
The Cardinals had three players in double figures, led by Fontaine, including a 13-point performance from Brittany Carter and 12 from Brandy Woody.
Two Ball State players saw their first action for the Cardinals when Alex Southworth and Lyzz Smith entered the game in the first half. Southworth ended the contest with one steal in eight minutes, while Smith managed four points, one steal and one assist.
The first half was a story of runs for both teams. The Cardinals went on a 10-0 run to take a 19-point lead with 5:08 left in the first half, but the Crusaders responded with an 11-0 run to close the gap to 30-22 at the end of the half.
After leading 30-22 at the half, Ball State opened up the lead in the second half to 36-25 on a layup by Woody at the 17:33 mark.
Valparaiso put together a 6-0 run and closed the ga to 36-32 with 15:20 to play. Ball State held the lead until Valparaiso tied the contest at 42-42 with 8:19 in the game.
The Cardinals would close the gap to two at 52-50 on a Woody three pointer with 3:38 left, but Valparaiso would connect on 17-of-19 free throws in the second half to secure the win.
Ball State held the Crusaders to 33.3 percent shooting from the field, but could only connect on 34.5 percent of its own field goals in the contest.
Katie Murphy and Woody led Ball State with six rebounds apiece, while Woody added two assists and three steals.
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 3-10 on the season, while Valparaiso improved to 4-8 on the year.
Ball State will have a break in the schedule and not play again until opening Mid-American Conference play at home vs. Miami University Jan. 10.
Pittsburgh 91, Buffalo 77
BUFFALO, NY - Despite shooting a season-high 77 points, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team fell to Pittsburgh on Saturday, 91-77. The Panthers shot 60.3% for the contest, while the Bulls shot a season-best 46.2%. For the second straight game, Buffalo received balanced scoring led by a career-high 18 points from redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton.
The first media time out saw the teams tied at 8-8, but Pittsburgh went on a 25-9 run to take a 33-17 lead with 6:30 left in the opening half. However, the Bulls hung tough and answered each Pittsburgh run, using a quick 8-2 run to pull within 10. The Panthers took a 44-31 lead into the half.
Pittsburgh increased its lead to 49-31 early in the second half, but Buffalo went on a 9-0 run capped off on a layup by sophomore Christa Baccas to pull within 49-40. The Panthers regained a 13-point advantage at 56-43, but an 11-3 UB run pulled the Bulls within five at 59-54. That score remained for nearly three minutes as Buffalo missed six straight free throws in that time period before Pitt answered with a quick 6-0 run. The Bulls never got closer than nine from the remainder of the game.
Thronton, playing in just her second game for the Bulls, finished with 18 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes of action. Loesing added 16 points before fouling out and played just 22 minutes. Baccas just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. She added two assists, two blocks and three steals.
Junior Margeaux Gupilan had eight points and a game-high eight assists, tying her career best. Freshman Rachael Gregory finished with nine points and eight rebounds, snapping her streak of six straight games in double figures in points. Sophomore Sloane Walton added five points off the bench.
Pittsburgh (8-4) had five players in double figures led by 21 points from Brianna Kiesel and 18 points from Loilya Briggs.
The Bulls will wrap up non-conference play next Saturday at Cornell. Tip off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
Tulane 71, Eastern Michigan 65
NEW ORLEANS, La. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team dropped its first game of the 2012 Tulane DoubleTree Classic Saturday, Dec. 29, as it fell 71-65 to Tulane University. Despite, trailing by as many as 25, the Eagles (2-9) clawed back to within six on the Green Wave's (9-2) home floor at Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Eagles had four players in double-figures with India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) posting a career-high 18 points, while Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) put up her first double-double of the 2012-13 campaign with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook) notched 14 points and Taylor Bird (Lawrence, Kans.-Lawrence) had a career-best 10 points in the loss. Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) dished out a season-high eight assists for EMU. From the floor, Eastern shot 26-of-68 (38.2 percent), while hitting 4-of-16 (25.0 percent) from the three-point line.
Tulane shot 26-of-51 (51.0 percent ) and 7-of-20 (35.0 percent) from beyond the arc. Whitney Bibbins led the way with a game-high 18 points, while Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Danielle Blagg each posted nine points. Bibbins also pulled down a team-best eight rebounds for the Green Wave.
After Hairston opened the scoring, the Green Wave went on a quick six-point run to jump ahead 6-2 early in the first half. After trading buckets, Tulane's Blagg connected on a long three-ball to extend its lead to 15-8 with 12:13 left in the opening 20 minutes of play.
After Blagg knocked down another trey, the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to just four, 18-14, with under 10 minutes left in the first half. After Eastern came to within two, 20-18, with seven minutes remaining, the Green Wave went on a seven point run to take a 27-18 lead near the six minute mark.
A Bird three-pointer stopped the initial run by the Green Wave, but Tulane responded with seven more points to extend the lead to 13 points, 34-21. Eastern trailed by 13, 37-24, heading into halftime.
Hairston paced the Green and White with eight points in the first half. Chelsea Hite (Ligonier, Ind.-West Noble) and Watkins each pulled down three rebounds in the opening half to lead the Eagles. As a team, Eastern shot 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) from the floor and 1-of-4 (25.0 percent) from three-point land.
The Green Wave shot a blistering 15-of-25 (60.0 percent) from the field, while knocking down 5-of-10 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half. Bibbins led Tulane with eight points while Jamie Kaplan notched seven in the first half.
Out of the break, the Eagles traded buckets through the first five minutes of action, still trailing by 13 points, 43-30, with 15:05 left in the game. Through the next four minutes, there were just seven points scored between both teams and EMU faced a 47-32 deficit with just over 11 minutes remaining.
The Green Wave put together a 12-0 run to pull ahead by 25 points, 57-32. Hairston broke an EMU scoring drought of over five minutes with a layup at the 9:06 mark to make it 57-34.
Watkins poured in five points in-a-row to spark a 14-0 Eastern run, bringing the Eagles to within 11, 59-47, with just under four minutes remaining on the clock. Tyria Snow ended the EMU run with a jumper in the lane at the 3:27 mark, which also put an end to a scoring drought that lasted over three minutes for the Green Wave.
Hairston and Watkins combined for seven straight EMU points bringing the Eagles' deficit to nine, 66-57, with 47.1 seconds left on the clock. After Olivia Grayson missed the second half of a 1-and-1, Tate knocked down a three-ball in transition to bring Eastern within seven, 67-60.
Tulane took advantage of their free throws down the stretch to cap the game, 71-65.
The Eagles continue with their second game of the 2012 Tulane DoubleTree Classic when they square off with the loser of the McNeese State University and the University of Mississippi matchup Saturday afternoon.