The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team made a late run against the Montana Lady Griz on Saturday at Dahlberg Arena, but could not overcome a cold shooting day from the 3point arc in an 86-70 loss at the Lady Griz Classic.
The Huskies shot a season-low 14.3 percent from long distance Saturday, going 4 of 27. Courtney Woods led NIU with 18 points, all of which came in the second half. Mikayla Voigt added 16 points and a season-high four steals, one shy of her career high. Myia Starks had 11 points as Errin Hodges chipped in 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
NIU (3-3) led 4-2 early on a pair of Starks’ jumpers in the first 1:30. Montana then went on an 11-0 run over the next 1:33, with three straight 3-pointers from Taylor Goligoski and Katie Mayhue giving the Lady Griz a 13-4 lead with 6:41 to play in the opening quarter. After a Voigt jumper got NIU within six, the Lady Griz scored seven straight points with a Gabi Harrington three-point play making the score 22-6 with 2:25 left in the first. Montana extended the lead to 18, taking a 28-10 advantage into the second quarter. The Huskies used a 7-2 run, capped off by a Voigt 3, early in the second to get within 13, 30-17. However, Montana’s ability to get high-percentage baskets allowed the Lady Griz to take a 44-27 lead at haftime.
“We were not very good out of the locker room in the first quarter and put ourselves in a huge hole,” coach Lisa Carlsen said. “Especially on the road against a good team like Montana.”
Montana (2-2) grew its lead to 20 three times in the third quarter, with an Abby Anderson free throw making the score 59-39 with 4:31 left in the period. A Mikayla Brandon jumper sparked a 7-0 Huskies run that got NIU within 13, 59-46, with 3:24 to go in the third. NIU closed the gap to 12, 66-54, in the final minute on a 3-pointer by Gabby Nikitinaite.
NIU got within 11 to start the fourth quarter as a Voigt jumper in the lane made the score 67-56. Montana then tried to run away, going on a 13-2 run in the next 3:12 seconds as threes by Goligoski and Jordyn Schweyen gave the Lady Griz an 80-58 lead with 4:43 to play. NIU had one last run in them. IT started with a block by Abby Woollacott that led to a three by Woods. The Huskies then put on the press, which led to three straight Lady Griz turnovers. NIU scored on all three with two Hodges baskets and a Voigt jumper getting NIU within 11, 80-69, with 3:15 to play. Starks split a pair of free throws to make the deficit 10, 80-70, with 2:55 to go but that was as close as the Huskies got.
“We made a nice run late, but it was too late to put ourselves in a position to have a shot,” Carlsen said. “We’ll look at this game and the first quarter and realize we put ourselves in a really tough position. We didn’t get enough shots and stops in the second half to be in a legit spot to win.”
DeKalb second at Fremd: Ray Harold rolled a 256 en route to a 1,284 to take second overall.
Makala Rae had a 208 top game and 1,112 series to take 10th.
Sycamore 3-0 at home duals: The Spartans beat Lake Zurich, 37-30, Pontiac, 59-21, and Burlington Central, 43-30.
Trevor Boryla, Sam Carlson, William Delmer, Colton Berg and Zak Kozumplik were undefeated for the Spartans (7-0). Carlson had three pins.
DeKalb 3-0 at Washington: The Barbs beat Granite City, 78-0, Dakota, 45-12, and Lincoln-Way West, 49-15.
Ben Aranda, Tommy Curran, Danny Curran, Fabian Lopez, Bradley Gillum, Austin Johnson, Blah Dahnweih and George Colbert all were 3-0 for the Barbs.
Indian Creek tops Annawan: The Timberwolves won, 59-41.
Cooper Larsen scored 18 for Indian Creek (5-1).
Hinckley-Big Rock falls to Lisle: The Royals lost, 51-40.
Allison Ryan scored 17 for H-BR, with Tori Prellberg and Ashleigh Wackerlin scoring eight each.
Barbs boys narrowly fall: DeKalb barely fell in a tight matchup with Benet Academy at the Ridgewood Shootout on Sunday, 67-59.
Jordan Williams led the Barbs with his 18-point effort, while Tyler Kluber added 17 points.
• Cody Cutter contributed to this report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org