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    12th-Ranked Boilermakers Top 'Cats, 73-41

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Melissa Miller drives to the basket against Purdue Thursday night.
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    Melissa Miller drives to the basket against Purdue Thursday night.
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    Jan. 18, 2007

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fell to No. 12 Purdue, 73-41, Thursday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Freshman Beth Marshall (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) turned in a career night to lead the way for the 'Cats with nine points and seven rebounds, both career bests. Kristin Cartwright (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) added nine points as well.

    "I'm very disappointed in our team today," head coach Beth Combs said. "I'm disappointed in our intensity and I'm disappointed in our energy. We didn't allow ourselves to be in a situation to compete and that's disappointing."

    Both teams opened the game firing from beyond the arc, as the game's first 15 points came on 3-pointers.

    Marshall's trey at the 7:52 mark pulled NU to within 17-13 but the 'Cats' offense would be silent for the next three minutes until the Fishers, Ind. native nailed back-to-back 3-pointers.

    Nearly half of Northwestern's first half field goal attempts were from beyond the arc, as the 'Cats attempted 12 out of 25 from 3-point range. Marshall led NU in the opening stanza, knocking down all 9 of her points in the first half.

    Purdue led 34-22 at the break.

    Northwestern recorded just three baskets in the first eight minutes of the second half while the Boilermakers inflated the lead to as many as 26 mid-way through the half en route to their 17th win of the season.

    "I think Beth Marshall and Kristin Cartwright stepped up for us tonight," Combs said. "Marshall did some great things and we're very pleased with her performance and Cartwright showed why we've been bragging about her all year."

    The Wildcats are next in action at noon Sunday when they take on Wisconsin at Welsh-Ryan Arena.