Jan. 6, 2013
Northwestern vs. Indiana Box Score
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: Indiana 68, Northwestern 64
Records: NU (8-7 overall, 0-2 Big Ten), Indiana (10-5, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m. – vs. Illinois – Welsh-Ryan Arena
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Northwestern went toe-to-toe with Indiana on Sunday afternoon at historic Assembly Hall, but dropped a 68-64 decision to the Hoosiers on the road. Kendall Hackney paced the Wildcats with 18 points in the losing effort.
In pursuit of their first Big Ten win of the season, the Wildcats traded baskets with the home squad for much of the first half. Hackney opened the game 4-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, but offensive rebounds proved the difference over the first 20 minutes. The Hoosiers grabbed four more rebounds on the offensive end than Northwestern, and turned those four possessions into the four baskets they needed for a 35-27 advantage at the break.
Senior forward Dannielle Diamant scored the first seven points of the second half for the Wildcats as Northwestern chipped away at the deficit, ultimately taking a 44-43 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
But every time the visitors made a run, Indiana forward Aulani Sinclair was there to answer. The senior scored a team-high 13 points in the first half of play, but exploded for 18 in the latter half. Her 14-of-15 performance at the free throw line, including two with 8-seconds left to ice the game, were part of a game-high 31 points to lead the home team to the 68-64 decision.
Hackney added five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal to her team-high 18 points. Diamant led the ‘Cats with seven boards, while Karly Roser collected a team-high eight assists to go with 12 points.
Northwestern returns home to host Illinois at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. CT.
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