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Sports

Flames snap Huskies' 5-game winning streak

CHICAGO - The Northern Illinois women's basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night when it fell to the Illinois-Chicago, 80-62. &#8220I'm disappointed in the loss,” NIU coach Carol Owens said. &#8220We didn't rebound well. Our intensity wasn't how we normally have on the road. I think we have to get down to our defensive principles.” UIC's LaShonda Grant led all scorers with 21 points. Jacquay Holmes followed with 18 points. NIU's Stephanie Raymond was the leading scorer for the Huskies, finishing with 15 points. Whitney Lowe was right behind her with 13. Eleven of Lowe's points came in the first half. &#8220This game came down to rebounding and we didn't do a great job,” Owens said. &#8220I'm just really disappointed in our overall effort.” The Huskies were out-rebounded 44-31. The Huskies (7-3) jumped out to a quick 16-7 lead, but UIC went on a 16-3 run to take a 23-19 lead with 5:21 left in the first half. After starting out the game 0-13 from the field, the Flames went on to shoot 15-21 the rest of the half. The Huskies went into the break trailing 33-27. The Flames (6-6) extended their lead to 10 with 16:19 left to play in the game. The Huskies closed the gap to two, 43-41, with 12:19 left to play, but couldn't pull any closer. The Huskies return to the court on Dec. 29 when they travel to Lawrence, Kan. to take on Kansas at 7 p.m.

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