Western Michigan Women’s Basketball dropped the team's third straight game, this time at Northern Illinois, 73-56. The loss drops the Broncos to 1-4 on the season and 0-3 in conference play.
WMU started the game out fast, being down only 18-19 after the first quarter that saw the team shoot 47% and hold NIU to only 37%. However, the Broncos continued to lack consistency as they only scored six points and shot 17% in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, NIU maintained its pace throughout the quarter, shooting 38% for the period. NIU went into halftime with a 24-35 lead. Helping NIU get out in front in the first half was the rebound margin, where the Huskies outrebounded the Broncos 31-13 after the first two quarters.
The second half started with the Broncos getting back on track with how they want to play, where they shot 33% and grabbed 10 rebounds, whereas NIU weathered the storm and kept up with the teams consistency shooting 42% from the field and keeping their foot on the pedal.
The final quarter found WMU with a hole too big to overcome, scoring 18 in the frame compared to NIU scoring 23. The second quarter rut by the Huskies ended up being the Broncos' demise.
Leading the way for the Broncos was freshman Megan Wagner who set a career high in points, scoring 13 for the brown and gold while also grabbing four rebounds. In the paint, redshirt freshman Taylor Williams was a presence to be known, picking up 12 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and four steals. Leading the way for NIU was sophomore Chelby Koker who had 21 points while also dishing out three assists.
Next up for the Broncos, they return home to take on Bowling Green on wednesday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. The Falcons are currently 6-1 and in third place in the conference.