-- With its win at North Dakota State, Western Illinois secured its first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 2002-03 and 2003-04.
-- North Dakota State's Michelle Gaislerova scored a career-high 21 points, while teammate Reilly Jacobson had a career-best 16 rebounds in the loss to Western Illinois.
Western Illinois 77, North Dakota State 60 | WIU Recap // NDSU Recap
FARGO, N.D. (goleathernecks.com) -- Western Illinois notched back-to-back 20-win seasons with a 77-60 win on the road at North Dakota State (Feb. 22).
The last time Western posted back-to-back seasons of 20 or more wins was during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.
Emily Clemens led Western (20-8, 9-4) with 24 points and seven assists, followed by Morgan Blumer's 13. Taylor Higginbotham chipped in 11, while both Olivia Braun and Olivia Kaufmann added 10 apiece
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