Brett leads Falcons to 66-50 win over Huskies

DeKALB, Ill. – Elissa Brett hit three-pointers on back-to-back third-quarter possessions, helping lift the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team to a 66-50 win at Northern Illinois University on Saturday.

In a Mid-American Conference matchup at NIU’s Convocation Center, Brett had a double-double for the Falcons (18-2, 7-1 MAC), who have won seven-straight games.

She led all players with 21 points on the afternoon and also had 10 rebounds and a game-high four steals.

Jocelyn Tate had another well-rounded game, with 15 points, six boards, a team-leading four assists and three steals. Nyla Hampton and Lexi Fleming each scored eight points, while Allison Day had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

No player reached double digits in scoring for the Huskies (10-9, 2-6 MAC). Laura Nickel and Sidney McCrea each had nine points, Emily Meinert eight and Jayden Marable seven.

The Falcons never trailed on Saturday, and BGSU broke an early 3-3 tie – the game’s only tie – with a 15-0 run. The Huskies never let the Falcons run away and hide, but BG never let the lead drop below 10 points over the game’s final 32-plus minutes.

A McCrea layup early in the fourth period got the hosts within 10, and both teams then went scoreless for nearly three minutes.

But, Fleming found Brett for a corner three, and after an NIU turnover, Brett’s trailing three-pointer gave the Falcons a 60-44 lead with just over five minutes to go.

The Falcons return home to begin the month of February with a pair of games at the Stroh Center. BGSU will meet Western Michigan on Wednesday with the National Girls and Women in Sports Day contest set to tip off at 7 p.m.

Then, BGSU will host Miami next Saturday, Feb. 4 on Title IX Day and Alumnae Day at the Stroh. That game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.