Women’s Basketball | February 4
DeKALB, IL – Due to weather-related travel issues, Saturday’s NIU-Ohio women’s basketball game has been moved to Sunday, February 6 at 1 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 or ESPN+.
NIU (8-11, 5-6 MAC) won the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 8 in Athens, Ohio 71-68. The Huskies’ win snapped a six-game losing streak to the Bobcats. Janae Poisson (Matteson, Ill./Marian Catholic) led NIU with 20 points and made six three-pointers in that game. NIU shot 48 percent from the field in the second half and posted its highest rebound margin this season, outrebounding Ohio by 19 53-34.
Poisson has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games after scoring 10 points against Bowling Green Wednesday night in a 64-54 loss. The redshirt-senior guard leads the Mid-American Conference with 2.84 three-pointers per game which puts her 13th in the nation. She is averaging 12.1 points per game in conference play.
A’Jah Davis (DeKalb, Ill./Montverde Academy [Fla.]) posted her 14th double-double of the season Wednesday night. The junior forward had 14 points, a game-high 15 rebounds and a career-high five assists against Bowling Green. She is the fifth Huskie in the last 10 years to have at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a game. Her double-double Wednesday night was her 10th in the last 12 games. She is closing in on the NIU record for double-doubles in a season set in 2017 when Ally Lehman had 17. Davis leads the MAC in rebounding at 11.7 per game and in field goal percentage at 50.0 percent. She is 10th in the nation in rebounding.
Ohio (11-7, 5-4 MAC) is also entering Saturday’s game off of a loss. The Bobcats lost 84-74 to Ball State Wednesday night, Ohio’s second straight loss after winning four in a row. Cece Hooks led Ohio with 33 points and 11 rebounds against the Cardinals. The Bobcats are the top scoring team in the MAC at 76.5 points per game. Ohio is also second in the league with 8.94 three-pointers per game. Hooks leads the league in scoring with 23.6 points per game.
Tickets for Sunday’s game, and all remaining games of the 2021-22 season, can be purchased online at NIUHuskies.com/MyHuskies or by calling the NIU Athletics Ticket Office at 815-753-PACK (7225). Huskie Flex Plans are still available for the 2021-22 basketball season. Purchase vouchers for $6 each and use them throughout the season to attend Huskie men’s and women’s basketball home games. Simply redeem vouchers for tickets at the box office prior to the game.