Jan. 23, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Four Wildcats finished in double figures and another had 10 assists but it wasn't enough to take down No. 22/20 Purdue on its home court Thursday night.
Freshman forward Nia Coffey led NU with 20 points while sophomore forward Lauren Douglas added 14 off the bench. Freshman guard Christen Inman and sophomore guard Maggie Lyon also added 10 points each. Freshman guard Ashley Deary filled the stat sheet with 10 assists, her second game of double figure assists, to go with seven points, five rebounds and five steals.
Both teams traded buckets early with a 3-pointerby Lyon to begin the scoring and a jumper by Inman to give NU the 5-3 lead. Purdue then went on an 11-1 run to go up 14-6 at the first media timeout of the game.
The Boilermakers continued to extend their lead thanks to hot shooting and scoring points in the paint. With 11:27 remaining, Purdue had the 14-2 advantage on points inside and was shooting 58.8 percent from the field.
Northwestern cut the deficit to four points thanks to a 3-pointer by Douglas, and buckets by Coffey and Inman to put the score at 26-22 with 8:02 left in the first. Douglas stayed aggressive and scored on back-to-back possessions for Northwestern to put the 'Cats within two at 26-24 and again at 28-26.
Two free throws by Inman kept the game close at 32-30 but Purdue once again scored five unanswered, taking the 37-30 lead and went into halftime with the 45-34 advantage.
Coffey led the 'Cats with 11 points and five rebounds in the first half while Liza Clemons paced Purdue with 15 points and six rebounds. Purdue shot 50.0 percent from the field in the first (16-of-32) while NU was limited to just 35.3 percent (12-of-34). Northwestern took advantage of six steals, three of which came from Ashley Deary, which led to 10 points.
Purdue continued to take advantage with points in the paint to start the second while foul trouble hit the Wildcats. Lyon and Inman were whistled for their fourth fouls early in the frame while Douglas had three fouls yet all three stayed in the game for the Wildcats.
Northwestern kept clawing its way back in thanks to a 9-2 Wildcat run. Deary drained a 3-pointer, Lyon and Inman each added a bucket and Coffey sunk two free throws, putting the score at 58-46. Douglas also was key in that stretch, drawing charges on back-to-back possessions and then she drained her second 3-pointer of the game, cutting the deficit to nine.
Purdue maintained its lead but the Wildcats kept hanging around and scored five-straight, three coming from Coffey and a fastbreak bucket by Lyon to put the score at 71-59 Purdue with 7:28 to play. Lyon, Inman and Coffey continued to play with four fouls down the stretch while Douglas had three but the Wildcats couldn't cut the deficit as Purdue took the 90-65 win.
The Wildcats return home to face their second ranked foe in as many games when No. 21/18 Nebraska visits Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday, Jan. 26. Tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT in Evanston.
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