Turnovers Prove Costly for NIU in Burst Loss
FromKALB –The NIU women’s basketball team suffered a crushing, 88-48 loss to the No. 9 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Monday night in South Bend, Indiana.
The Huskies did a poor job in the first half on shooting, defense and ball handling.
The Huskies had 14 turnovers in the first half. NIU finished the game with 22 turnovers.
“We gave up 88 points, but a lot of those points were due to our costly turnovers,” said head coach Lisa Carlsen.
The Fighting Irish were 16 steals and 23 points shy of NIU’s turnovers. Fighting Irish sophomore guard Olivia Miles led the Notre Dame defense as she recorded six interceptions to end the game.
Filming leaves more to be desired
NIU went 11 for 37 shooting 29.7% for the first half. Senior guard Chelby Koker didn’t have such a strong shooting performance, as she went 2 for 7 from the field. Koker was the Huskies’ leading scorer last year averaging 17.8 points per game.
Miles was crucial in Notre Dame taking a big lead over the Huskies with his 10 points. Notre Dame shot better than the Huskies, with the Fighting Irish shooting 43% in the first half.
The Huskies were down at halftime 41-24.
The Fighting Irish dominated NIU in the second half, starting when they beat the Huskies 27-10 in the third quarter. The Huskies struggled to score in the second half as they shot 25%.
Notre Dame is a size team, which was a problem for the Huskies throughout the game. The Fighting Irish starting lineup consists of 5-foot-7 graduate guard Dara Mabrey, 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Sonia Citron, 5-foot-10 Miles and 6-foot junior forward feet 3 inches. Maddy Westbeld and 6-foot-4 junior forward Kylee Watson.
6-foot-1 senior forward A’Jah Davis provided size for the Huskies, but had to pull out of the game early in the first quarter with an eye injury. The Huskies had a shorter roster after Davis left, with 5-foot-11 graduate forward Emma Carter being their tallest player in the game. . Davis then returned for the second quarter.
Carlsen talks about how impressed she was with her team’s efforts to fight big matchups.
“I was really proud of our efforts on the glass from start to finish,” Carlsen said. “It shows that we were really physical in these kinds of situations.”
Miles finished the game with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
“She (Miles) has such athleticism, such length and can see over everyone; there’s so much she can do,” Carlsen said.
Notre Dame also had three other players with double-digit points, Westbeld with 13, Mabrey with 16 and graduate center Lauren Ebo with 10.
NIU couldn’t get past the great Notre Dame team as they were defeated 88-44.
The Huskies return home to the Convocation Center to play their first regular season home game at 1 p.m. Saturday against the DePaul University Blue Devils. Live game stats will be available on SIDEARM Sports.