Northern Illinois 89, Yale 80
DeKalb, IL -- Northern Illinois wiped out a double-digit deficit late in the third quarter and rumbled to victory with a solid defensive effort and 38 points from Courtney Woods in the opening round of the 2018 Preseason WNIT.
The Huskies (1-0) will face either Iowa State or Niagara in Round 2, while the Bulldogs (1-1) will play in the consolation round.
Woods put NIU up for good with a 3-pointer at the 2:50 mark of the final quarter, making the score 79-77. A layup from Ally May and two free throws from Myia Starks sealed the result.
Woods finished just one point off her career high and four points from the Preseason WNIT single-game mark of 42 from LaToya Thomas (Mississippi State, 2002). Woods hit all 14 of her free throws, drained six 3-pointers and added 10 rebounds; teammate Mikayla Voigt scored 17 points.
The Bulldogs were paced by Roxy Barahman, who had a career-best 29 points to go with seven rebounds. Freshman Camilla Emsbo (whose twin sister plays for Princeton) added 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Yale went almost three minutes to start the final quarter without scoring, but the offense finally came around -- 3-pointers from Ellen Margaret Andrews and Megan Gorman helped the Bulldogs edge ahead, 73-72, with 5:14 remaining in the contest.
The Huskies looked to be in trouble in the third quarter, falling behind 63-52, bu they closed the frame with a 12-0 run, taking the lead at 64-63 on a 3-pointer from Voigt.
The Bulldogs got six straight points from Barahman to take their largest lead in the first half, 44-33, but it took only a minute for Northern Illinois to cut it down to 44-41. A 3-pointer from Gorman with six seconds remaining in the second quarter pushed the lead to 47-41.
Northern Illinois was 29-of-30 from the free-throw line and nailed 10 3-pointers. Yale finished with 15 turnovers.