ATHENS, Ohio - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team fell to Ohio, 72-70, at Ohio's Convocation Center Tuesday night. The Huskies (12-6, 4-3) were unable to withstand the loss of Stephanie Raymond early in the first half. “We've been in situations like this last year when Stephanie didn't play and we stepped up,” said head coach Carol Owens. “We just didn't do that today. We weren't attacking. We've got to play more aggressively on the road.” Raymond left the game with 16:02 left to play in the first half after hitting her head hard on the floor. She left the game with the Huskies trailing 8-6. She returned to the floor with 6:40 left in the half and the Huskies down, 21-10. The Huskies trailed by 15 with under a minute to play in the first half when Jessie Wilcox and Raymond hit back-to-back threes to pull the Huskies to within nine points. NIU went into the break, down 32-23. The Huskies trailed by as many as 17 points with 11:01 left to play in the second half. The Huskies were able to cut the deficit to three with 1:24 left to play. A three-pointer by Tara Michels pulled the Huskies to within two, 69-67, with 31 seconds left in the game. It was Michels third three in a row in the half. A three in the corner by Wilcox with 12 seconds left pulled the Huskies to within one, 71-70. Down 72-70 with 11 seconds left, the Huskies had a shot to win, but the three-pointer by Whitney Lowe failed to connect. “We dug ourselves such a deep hole we couldn't get out of it,” said Owens. “We made a great comeback in the second half. We had a decent shot in the end.” Kristin Wiener led all scorers with 21 points. She was 8-15 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line. Wilcox tied her career-best point total finishing with 16, while Raymond ended with 15 points. Michels came off the bench for the Huskies to score a career-high 11 points. She was 4-5 from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. NIU returns to the court on Saturday when the Huskies travel to Buffalo. Tip off is 1 p.m.