The Northern Illinois women’s basketball team scored an 84-61 victory over Akron at Rhoades Arena on Wednesday night.
NIU (12-11, 4-8 MAC) led wire-to-wire as three Huskies finished in double figures with Courtney Woods leading the way.
The Aussie tallied her seventh double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Kelly Smith was right behind her with 15 points, all coming in the first half, while Gabby Nikitinaite added 12.
The Huskies jumped on top of Akron (7-16, 1-11) out of the gate with a Mikayla Voigt 3-pointer on their first possession and never looked back. NIU opened up a 12-point lead with two minutes left in the first quarter.
After a slow start to the second quarter, in which Akron closed the gap to six points with 7:10 left in the half, the Huskies went on a 15-2 run to take a 38-19 lead with 55 seconds left in the half.
NIU kept up the pressure in the second half as the Huskies opened up a 49-24 lead with 6:19 left in the third quarter. The Huskies led by as many as
40 points, but went into the fourth quarter with a 68-31 lead.
The Huskies will return to the floor when they host Bowling Green in the first game of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Indian Creek falls in regional semi: The No. 7 Timberwolves lost to
No. 1 Annawan, 58-33, in a Class 1A Marquette Regional semifinal.
Olivia Turner led Indian Creek with 14 points.