WMU Women's Basketball Sydney Shafer

Sydney Shafer

Western Michigan women’s basketball had an outstanding performance against Northern Illinois, winning 86-53.

The Broncos came out with intensity and heat from the start of the game. WMU wasted no time putting the ball in the basket and getting stops in the first quarter. The Huskies could not keep up with the pace of the Broncos due to missed shots that WMU was able to rebound and score off of.

The team shot 48.6% from the field and 41.4% from the three-point line in the game. Freshman Megan Wagner came out drilling threes along with sophomore Sydney Shafer giving the team a quick lead of 6-0 in the first. NIU fought back, but WMU continued scoring at a high rate to hold a 24-11 lead after the first quarter.

The team was held up for a quick moment in the second quarter after Taylor Williams picked up a foul, fueling NIU to get some easy buckets. However, this did not stop WMU as it fought back after the cold stretch. The Broncos were able to bounce back with a 7-0 run to take a 41-28 lead at the end of the first half.

In the third quarter, both teams were caught in a crossfire and missed several shots. NIU picked up the pace momentarily, cutting the lead down to 11. This was cut short after the Broncos made some adjustments in a timeout and extended the lead. The two teams traded 10-0 runs leaving the score 61-43 at the end of the third.

The Broncos coasted into the fourth quarter leaving no room for NIU to come back, going on a 9-0 run after the Huskies intensity on defense slowed. The Broncos cruised to the finish line making its final six baskets in the game.

All five of WMU’s starters, Williams, Reilly Jacobson, Wagner, Shafer, and Maddie Watters were all in double-digits for the game, marking the first occurrence this season of five Broncos scoring 10+ points. Shafer led the team with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Watters had 13 points and three rebounds while Wagner snagged 12 points and four assists.

Both forwards, Jacobson and Willams, made their way around the glass on the offensive and defensive ends of the court throughout the game. Jacobson had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Williams had 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Chelby Koker led the way for NIU with 25 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The win put WMU’s win streak at three games. The Broncos stay home for its next contest Wednesday against Toledo. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN+.

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