January 15, 1999
EVANSTON, Ill. - Sonja Robinson scored six of her team-high 15
points in the final three minutes to lift Minnesota to a 70-68 victory over
Northwestern in Big Ten women's basketball action. Northwestern sophomore
center Tami Sears (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) tallied her fifth
double-double of the season with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Dana Leonard (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) also
had 21 points for the Wildcats.
Northwestern led 38-32 at halftime behind Leonard's 18 first half
points. She hit 4-of-7 shots from behind the three-point line. In the
second half, NU got two layups from senior guards Megan Chawansky (Avon
Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) and Shannon McGarrigle (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood)
which gave the 'Cats a 10-point cushion (42-32) with 17:32 remaining. The
Golden Gophers answered with six straight points to get within two (42-40),
but the Wildcats made another strong push which included back-to-back
three-point plays by McGarrigle and Sears. Two free throws by Leonard at
the 12:56 mark put Northwestern up by nine (51-42).
McGarrigle swished a three-point bomb from the right wing which
gave Northwestern a 62-60 advantage and then Sears added a layup at 4:05
which extended the margin to 64-60. Robinson then scored two layups to tie
the game at 64-64 with 2:59 remaining. Cassie Vanderheyden hit a three
pointer to put the Gophers ahead, 67-64.
Chawansky had a chance to win the game for Northwestern. After
getting the ball over halfcourt, Northwestern took a 20-second timeout with
14 ticks left on the clock. Chawansky drove the middle of the key and put
up a soft shot which rolled around the rim and out.
Northwestern drops to 7-8, 1-4 in the Big Ten. It will attempt to
end its four-game losing skid on Sunday, Jan. 17 when conference-leading
Ohio State (12-3, 5-0) comes to Welsh-Ryan Arena for a 4 p.m. tipoff. All
tickets to the game are being sold for $1 as part of NU's second annual
"Pack the Place." The goal is to set a new women's basketball attendance