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    Northwestern Falls to UW-Milwaukee, 81-73

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior A.J. Glasauer paced the Wildcats with 23 points against UW-Milwaukee Wednesday night.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Junior A.J. Glasauer paced the Wildcats with 23 points against UW-Milwaukee Wednesday night.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 18, 2006

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern looked strong in the early going Wednesday night against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but the Panthers balanced scoring attack propelled them to an 81-73 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    A.J. Glasauer (Freiburg, Germany/Theodor-Heuss Gymnasium) led the `Cats (4-13, 0-6) with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, four assists and three steals. Ifeoma Okonkwo (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) finished with 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the year and the ninth of her Northwestern career. Sophomore Sara Stutz (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) added 14 points, on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe

    Glasauer and Okonkwo carried the Northwestern offense for most of the game. The duo scored 24 of the `Cats 28 points in the first half. Northwestern led by as many as 10 midway through the opening half and took a 28-26 lead into halftime.

    The Panthers scored the first five points of the second half to grab their first lead of the game, 31-28. They shot a torrid 67 percent (20-of-30) after the break, enroute to a 55-point outburst in the second half. Guard Meredith Onson's 19 points paced the Panthers, who had five players finish in double figures.

    Glasauer was saddled with two quick fouls early in the second half, putting her on the bench with four fouls at the 15:19 mark.

     

     

    The Panthers built their lead to 10 with 5:53 to play. A late charge by the `Cats left them down four, 77-73 with less than a minute to play. That was as close as they would get.

    Northwestern dominated the Panthers on the paing, 32-10.

    The `Cats conclude their four-game home stand on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Penn State.