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NIU third quarter run beats EIU women

DEKALB—Northern Illinois strung together a series of runs in the third quarter to take a 14 point lead over Eastern Illinois women's basketball into the fourth quarter.

The Huskies kept their offensive momentum going in the final ten minutes beating the Panthers 78-59. EIU falls to 4-5 overall on the year while NIU improves to 6-4.

The Panthers found success from the field early in the game shooting 66.7 percent in the first quarter. They went on a 12-0 run midway through to take a 16-6 lead over NIU. The Huskies closed out the first ten minutes with a 5-0 run to trail by three points going into the second quarter.

EIU was outscored 16-14 in the second quarter, but the Panthers managed to hold on to a three-point lead heading into the second half. Karle Pace and Taylor Steele combined for 11 points in the second quarter to lead EIU.

The Panthers’ second-half offense went cold as the Huskies found their rhythm. In the last 8:53 of the third quarter, NIU went on a 30-7 run as Mikayla Voigt led the team with 11 points, while Gabby Nikitinaite added seven points. The Huskies held the Panthers to 27 second half points and forced them to shoot under 30 percent from the field. Voigt led all-scorers with 25 points. She also grabbed a game-high nine boards finishing just shy of a double-double. Nikitinaite and Myia Starks finished in double figures with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Pace was the only EIU player to record double-figures. She poured in 22 points to lead the Panthers and record her seventh consecutive game with at least ten points. Jennifer Nehls grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Grace Lennox had a team-best three assists. The Panthers open a four game home stand Friday vs. Indiana State at 6 p.m. in Lantz Arena.

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EIU cross country adds four runners for next season

CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois cross country coach Erin Howarth has announced the addition of four runners for the Panthers squads for next year. Trevor Murphy will be joining the men’s team while Sarah Carr, Audrey Hancock and Katie Springer will be new additions to the women’s team.

Murphy runs at Downers Grove North where he was a IHSA Class 3A State qualifier as a senior. He placed 70th at the state championship with a 3-mile time of 15:12.2. Murphy placed 19th at the Chicago Marist Sectional with a time of 15:15. He ended his competitive season running at the NXR Midwest Regional and Mid-East Championships. He placed 36th at the Mid-East Championship. He was 71st at the NXR Midwest Regional with a 5K time of 16:14.6.

Carr runs at Effingham St. Anthony where she was a IHSA Class 1A State qualifier as a junior. During her junior season she placed 76th at the state championship with a 3-mile time of 19:24. Her top time during her senior season was 18:38.9. She was 9th at the Robinson Regional and 44th at the Decatur St. Teresa Sectional. Carr was a two-event state qualifier in track advancing to the IHSA Class 1A State Championship in both the 800 meter and 1600 meter events as a junior.

Hancock runs at Tolono Unity where she advanced with her team to four straight IHSA Class 1A State Championships with the team claiming the title during her freshman and junior seasons. Hancock scored points all four seasons at the state championship with her best finish coming as a sophomore when she was 41st with a time of 18:41. She placed 53rd during her senior season with a 70th place finish as a junior and 53rd place finish as a freshman. Hancock runs the 1600 meter and 3200 meter events in track.

Springer runs at Delavan where she advanced as an individual to the IHSA Class 1A State Championships as a junior. She placed 27th at the state championship with a time of 18:27. As a senior her best 3-mile time of the season was 18:22.5. She placed fourth at the Macomb Regional as a senior. In track Springer was multiple event All-State performer as a junior. She placed fifth in the state in the 300 meter hurdles with a finals time of 46.75. She was 12th in the state in the 800 meter run with a finals time of 2:20.96.

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