The Huskies made strides in final round action, trimming 11 strokes off their first round score on 331 to finish the tournament with a 651.
Junior Allie Parthie (Marinette, Wis./Marinette), who entered play in 11th place, climbed the leaderboard finishing in fifth place with a 155 (78-77).
“It’s nice to have two Huskies represent us on the leaderboard,” NIU head coach Pam Tyska said. “They’re all talented skill-wise. Hitting balls indoors is not competing outside. It was nice to take the skilled we honed inside and get them into a competitive playing arena and have success. Everybody improved and I think the whole trip was a success.”
Kelsie Passolt (Hayward, Wis./Hayward) finished in the top 15, placing 12th after shooting a 159 (81-78). Casey LaBarbera (Marinette, Wis./Marinette) made the biggest improvement of the tournament, cutting seven strokes off her first round score to card a 169 (88-81) and finish in 39th. Jenny Niemiec (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) finished right behind LaBarbera in 40th place after shooting a 170.
Carissa Burdi (Carol Stream, Ill./Bartlett) rounds out the Huskie team scores, moving up three spots to finish 43rd with a 173 (89-84).
Senior Katie Kuhn (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale) finished 49th with a 183 (85-98), while Jill Saiki (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) shot a two-day total 186 to place 54th. Freshmen Taylor Ellett (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) and Allison Van Heuklom (Middleton, Wis./Middleton) tied for 57th after shooting a 193.
Margaret Gilley shot a 147 (75-72) to win the tournament and lead Southern Illinois (620) to the team championship. McNeese State (623) was second, while Florida Gulf Coast was third with a 627. Chicago State took fourth with a 642, edging out Laval University (643) by one stroke.
Northern Illinois returns to the course Sunday, March 25, when the Huskies travel to Carbondale, Ill. for the SIU Invitational. Tee times are set for 9 a.m.
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