Jan. 8, 2012
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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Assembly Hall)
Score: Northwestern 69, Indiana 61
Records: NU (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten), Indiana (5-12, 0-4 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Jan. 12 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) 6 p.m. CT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Four Wildcats reached double figures as Northwestern picked up its first Big Ten victory of the season, a 69-61 triumph over Indiana Sunday afternoon. Dannielle Diamant led the contingent with a career-high tying 20 points, including six points on free-throws in the final minute. The win, NU's 11th on the year, was the first time since Dec. 30, 1998 that the Wildcats had emerged victorious from Bloomington.
With the game nip-and-tuck in the early going, Northwestern asserted itself and scored 10 of the game's next 13 points, punctuated by a three-pointer from Kendall Hackney, to pull ahead 19-11 at the 13-minute mark. During that time, the Wildcats forced three turnovers, giving them a total of six through seven minutes.
Indiana responded with seven-straight points to narrow the Wildcats' lead to 19-18 with 11:15 remaining. By inducing 10 IU miscues, Northwestern did a nice job of keeping Indiana from the bucket, but when they did, the Hoosiers shot 63 percent from the field. However, the Wildcats struggled to find the basket on the other end and at the under-eight minute timeout, the score was deadlocked at 24.
Morgan Jones proceeded to score six points while sister Tailor added a bucket as Northwestern went on an 8-2 run to build an eight-point lead, 34-26, with four minutes left in the frame. A smooth transition lay-in a minute later by Karly Roser and the Wildcats found themselves their largest lead of the game--a 10-point--edge.
The Wildcats took a 38-32 advantage into the locker room. Hackney led all scorers with 13 points while Morgan Jones added nine and Roser chipped in seven. Northwestern generated 16 points off turnovers, forcing 13 total Hoosier miscues. Both teams leveled off at a 44 percent shooting clip.
Hackney opened second-half action with a 15-foot pull-up in the corner that sparked an 10-2 Wildcat run and set Northwestern ahead 48-34 five minutes into the frame. NU continued to dominate, building its lead to as many as 17 mid-way through the stanza, but Indiana cut the advantage to single digits at the 8:30 mark.
A pair of free throws by Diamant gave the Wildcats a 12-point edge with five minutes remaining, but Indiana, in the bonus, chipped away and cut the lead to eight a minute later. Thirty seconds after that, a clutch three-pointer by Aulani Sinclair made it 62-57.
A lay-in by Diamant--the Wildcats' first basket since the 9:06 mark--made it a five-point NU lead with just over a minute to play. Indiana responded with a bucket to once again cut the advantage to three. After exchanging lay-ups on the next two possessions, Diamant settled in at the charity stripe, nailing 5-of-6 in the final minute to secure the Wildcat victory.
Northwestern generated 25 of its 69 points off 20 Indiana turnovers. The Wildcats finished with a season-low 12 miscues.
Morgan Jones and Hackney finished with 15 points, while Roser chipped in 11.
The Wildcats return to the hardwood for a 6 p.m. CT contest at Ohio State on Thursday, Jan. 7. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
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