Created: Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:15 p.m. CDT

NIU women win in Buffalo, men fall at Central Michigan


Trailing in the fourth quarter, the Northern Illinois women's basketball team started the final frame scoring 16 straight to take command in an 89-80 win at Buffalo on Saturday.

Courtney Woods scored eight of the points on the 16-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers to close the run for the Huskies (17-6 overall, 10-2 Mid-American Conference). She finished with 19 and was 3 for 4 on 3-pointers in the game. She also had 10 rebounds.

Ally Lehman led the Huskies with a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds. Mikayla Voigt scored 17 and Kelly Smith scored 14 before fouling out.

JoAnna Smith scored 22 to lead the Bulls (16-7, 6-6).


Huskies struggle in loss at Western Michigan: The Huskies led for just 31 seconds in a 71-63 loss at Western Michigan.

Northern Illinois (14-11, 6-6) had the chance to move into sole possession of first place in the MAC West, but instead fell into a four-way tie for the lead.

The Broncos (9-15, 5-7) scored the first eight points of the game and led by as much as 18-6. They were up 32-22 at halftime, but the Huskies opened the second half on a 10-1 run. They took their first lead with 14:32 left on an Austin Pauga 3-pointer, but Brandon Johnson answered with a 3-pointer for the Broncos to tie the game back up 31 seconds later. After Thomas Wilder hit a pair of free throws on the next WMU possession, the game was never tied again.

Eugene German scored 20 to lead the Huskies, while Marin Maric added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Levi Bradley scored 16 points. Wilder led the Broncos with 17 despite shooting 3 of 13. He was 11 for 11 from the free throw line.

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