Jan. 11, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern suffered a disappointing loss Thursday night to Minnesota when Emily Fox's basket at the buzzer lifted the Golden Gophers to a 65-63 win in a wild and exciting game at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The loss drops NU to 6-11 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten while Minnesota improves to 11-6 and 3-2 in league play. The loss is the second-straight two-point setback for the Wildcats who took Iowa to the wire on Sunday, 63-61.
Trailing by two with under a minute to go, junior Sara Stutz (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) was fouled on a drive to the basket and sank both free throws after drawing the foul with 27 seconds remaining. On the ensuing Minnesota possession, the Gophers misfired on a shot from the elbow and Melissa Miller (Bloomington, Minn./The Breck School) grabbed the rebound. The Gophers then forced a Northwestern turnover which Fox retrieved at the foul line-extended and dribbled to the elbow for the game-winner.
Fox finished with nine points, four assists and three steals.
Northwestern led by as much as seven, 53-46, when A. J. Glasauer (Freiburg, Germany/Theodor-Heuss Gymnasium) found Kaitlin McInerney (Oak Brook, Ill./Benet Academy) for a layup with 8:35 remaining. The lead was short-lived as Minnesota went on an 11-3 run over the next four-plus minutes to take a one-point lead, 57-56, with 4:29 left.
But Northwestern responded with consecutive jumpers by Nadia Bibbs (Chicago, Ill./Boston University) and Miller to push the lead back to three before Minnesota fought back to eventually tie the game at 61-all with 2:22 left. Minnesota's defense would hold Northwestern without a field goal in the final 3:43 of regulation.
Glasauer, Miller and Stutz led NU with 14 points apiece while Glasauer chipped in with a season-high eight assists. She was 6-of-8 from the field, including two 3-pointers. Stutz also hit two from deep and sank 4-of-5 from the line.
"Sara Stutz stepped up today and proved why she is a leader on this team," head coach Beth Combs said after the game. "I think we put out a great effort."
The Wildcats shot 53 percent from the field, but Minnesota's defense forced the Wildcats into 20 turnovers while recording 11 steals.
In the first period, Northwestern trailed by as much as seven on three different occasions before an 8-0 run by the Wildcats gave NU a one-point lead, 25-24, with 5:53 left in the half. Down by two with under a minute, Bibbs' jumper with four seconds left tied the game at 30 headed into halftime.
Minnesota's Ashley Ellis-Milan led all players with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She was 8-of-14 from the field and made 5-of-7 from the line.
The wild affair featured five ties and eight lead changes.
The Wildcats are back in action this Sunday at Ohio State. Game time is 1 p.m. CT.