Another key stat for the Huskies was turnovers. NIU won that battle, 18-20. After turning the ball over 12 times in the first half, Northern Illinois adapted to Eastern Michigan's trap defense and committed just four turnovers in the second half and two in overtime.

"This was a huge win against a team that presses, traps and tries to disrupt you offensively," [coach Carol] Owens said. "We only had 18 turnovers, when they usually force 20-25 a game. We talked about taking care of the ball, but [the trap] disrupts your offense. That's where Aileen [Roussow] came on, she presents a match up problem."

"I am extremely happy with this win," Owens said. "It's only fitting that it ended up in another overtime. This is a special day because we have people that contributed a lot to building this tradition, and that care a lot about this program here. We gave our alums a good game."

It's good value for the money, if a bit stressful to watch on occasion.

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