Jan. 17, 2013
Final Stats |
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: No. 25 Michigan 67, Northwestern 53
Records: NU (8-9 overall, 0-4 Big Ten), Michigan (15-2 overall, 4-0 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m. vs. Illinois, Assembly Hall
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern came up short against No. 25 Michigan in a 67-53 loss Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Despite coming close several times during the game, the 'Cats were unable to cut the deficit.
"I just felt like we did a really good job to come back at the end of the first half," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "We closed it to five or six and then we opened the second half with a layup that we didn't make and we left (Kate) Thompson open. They did a good job finding her and it went from being a five, six-point game to her breaking the game open and us just doing a very poor job defensively. Really, we fought hard to come back at the end, but we ran out of time."
NU senior forward Kendall Hackney led the team with 18 points. Sophomore guard Karly Roser was not far behind with 12 points along with four rebounds and six assists. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon also had six assists and eight points. Sophomore forward Alex Cohen produced seven rebounds and a career-high four assists in 21 minutes off the bench.
The 'Cats got off to a slow start with Michigan scoring seven unanswered points before a bucket by Lyon put them on the board. Northwestern kept the Wolverines 12-29 from the field and 3-11 from the 3-point line, but was unable to close the point deficit.
A layup by Roser pulled the 'Cats within eight with just 1:40 left in the first and Cohen followed with a jumper that brought them within six points as Michigan took the 29-23 lead going into halftime. Roser led the first half with four assists in nine minutes. The 'Cats were able to hold Michigan to just three 3-pointers.
Three minutes into the second half, the Wolverines managed to widen the gap with an eight-point run. With 10 minutes left in the game, both teams struggled to put points on the board, but the Wolverines continued to maintain their lead. A 9-0 run by Northwestern cut Michigan's lead down to 10 late in the game, but the Wolverines hung on for the victory.
Michigan's Kate Thompson did most of the damage Thursday night, leading all scorers with 23 points, including all seven of the Wolverines' 3-pointers (7-of-10).
Northwestern has a quick turnaround and heads to Champaign, Ill., Sunday for their second matchup against the Fighting Illini this season. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at Assembly Hall.
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