Playing its first game without Courtney Woods and Janae Poisson, who are dealing with knee injuries, the Northern Illinois women’s basketball team lost, 82-73, to Southern Illinois despite a career-high 27 points from Gabby Nikitinaite.
“I’m really proud of Gabby tonight,” coach Lisa Carlsen said. “She did a real nice job for us. I thought she was aggressive, took some good shots, and made some tough shots.”
Senior guard Mikayla Voigt had a double-double with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Myia Starks added a season-high 15 points.
Earlier this week, Carlsen was optimistic the Huskies (4-4) would compete without Woods, then saw Nikitinaite explode against the Salukis (4-4).
“This is obviously a big loss for our team,” Carlsen said. “I’m disappointed for Courtney. She was off to a great start to the season and has been a key member of our team during her time here at NIU. That being said, we have a lot talent on this team, and I know they will work even harder to get us where we want to be.”
The Huskies got within one with 2:24 left, but Southern Illinois pulled away.
“They hit some big shots in the fourth quarter, some real daggers at the end of the shot clock,” Carlsen said. “Credit SIU. They did a great job down the stretch.”
DeKalb topples Sterling: Michael Rae and Nicklaus Eberly each rolled a 569 as the Barbs won, 3,228-2,786.
Jacob Lindgren and Logan Zarek each rolled 560 series for the Barbs.
DeKalb falls at Geneseo: The Barbs fell to 4-6 with the 60-27 loss.
Kaneland knocks off Rosary: The Knights were 56-27 winners.
Sycamore sweeps Belvidere, Woodstock North: The Spartans beat Woodstock North, 52-22, and Belvidere, 39-36.
Trevor Boryla (120 pounds), Sam Carlson (126), Brayden Peet (132), Colton Berg (160), Zak Kozumplik (170) and Alex Crawford (113) each went 2-0, with Carlson, Berg and Kozumplik winning with pins.
NIU falls to Illinois: The Huskies lost at home to the Illini, 24-9.
“Overall, our fight was there,” NIU coach Ryan Ludwig said. “I’m going to focus on our execution because I feel like there were some very critical situations out there, that if we capitalized on those, we win this dual meet.”
NIU (2-4) took three of the 10 matches, with seven decided by two points or less. Anthony Cheloni (141), McCoy Kent (149) and Caleb Gossett (285) picked up wins for the Huskies.
Kishwaukee men top Loras JV: Luke Davis had 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Kougars topped Loras, 96-92.
Robert Johnson added 18 points,
11 rebounds and eight assists in the win.
Hinckley-Big Rock girls fall to Alden-Hebron: The Royals lost, 53-45, despite 17 points from Tori Prellberg and 10 from Tessa Prellberg.
Kaneland girls fall: The Knights (3-3, 0-2) lost, 30-29, at Ottawa.