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Sports

Raymond scores career high to lift NIU

PEORIA - Led by Stephanie Raymond's career-high 30 points, the Northern Illinois women's basketball team snapped the five-game home winning streak of Bradley when it knocked off the Braves 85-75 at Robertson Field House Sunday afternoon. &#8220This is a compliment to our seniors and their leadership down the stretch,” NIU coach Carol Owens said. &#8220We had three people with four fouls and they had to play through it. Also, it's the experience that they've had playing teams like DePaul, Northwestern and Cincinnati, when things don't necessarily go our way, we pull through it.” The Huskies (7-2) were able to fend off several Brave runs to hold off Bradley (4-6) for the 10-point victory. Bradley pulled to within one point, 65-64, with 4:18 left to play, but clutch free throw shooting by Raymond and a couple of key baskets by Mary Basic allowed the Huskies to leave Peoria with the victory. Raymond was a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line in the second half and 12-13 for the game. She was 8-13 from the field, including 2-6 from three-point territory. &#8220She draws a lot of attention,” said Owens of Raymond. &#8220She's hard to guard. You're either going to give her the shot or you're going to foul her. Then she has three-point range. Basic, who was in foul trouble and sat out most of the second half, came in with a little more than three minutes left to play. She promptly hit a three-pointer to give the Huskies a 70-64 lead with 3:06 left to play. She finished the game with 11 points. Whitney Lowe also turned in a solid performance. After scoring two points in the first half, Lowe had 11 second-half points, including three three-pointers. She also had seven rebounds. The Huskies led by as many as seven points in the first half. A pair of free throws by Felicia Nekmouche gave the Braves their first lead of the game at 35-34 with 1:55 left. The Huskies regained the lead after a steal and layup by Raymond and with two seconds left in the half. The Huskies went into the break with a 36-35 lead. Jessie Wilcox had a strong first half for NIU, scoring 12 points. She was 4-6 from the field and 2-3 from three-point territory. Raymond was right behind her with 11 points in the first half. The Huskies will be back in action Wednesday night when they head to Chicago to take on Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m.

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