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    NU's Strong Comeback Falls Short vs. No. 15/13 Purdue, 77-73

    Freshman forward Maggie Lyon led NU with 18 points against No. 15/13 Purdue.

    Freshman forward Maggie Lyon led NU with 18 points against No. 15/13 Purdue.

    Jan. 24, 2013

    Box Score

    Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Mackey Arena)
    Score: No. 15/13 Purdue 77, Northwestern 73
    Records: NU (9-10 overall, 1-5 Big Ten), No. 15/13 Purdue (16-3 overall, 5-1 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Monday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. – vs. Indiana – Welsh-Ryan Arena – Big Ten Network

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Northwestern staged a huge second-half comeback Thursday night against No. 15/13 Purdue but could not overcome the deficit as the Boilermakers hung on for the 77-73 victory. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 19 points in the second half but went on a 17-4 run to pull within six (60-54) and trailed by just two points (71-69) with 28 seconds left. Purdue converted all six of its free throws to close the game.



    "Just too little too late. We played really hard in the second half, probably not hard enough in the first half and again our Achilles heel, we just turned the ball over at the wrong time," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "I'm proud of our effort and our fight, just disappointed that we couldn't finish. Have to give Purdue a lot of credit too. They had the ability to control the flow of the game."

    Four Wildcats finished in double figures as freshman forward Maggie Lyon led the way with 18 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Senior forward Kendall Hackney added 17 points, including 11 in the second half. Sophomore guard Karly Roser had 14 points to go with eight assists and freshman forward Lauren Douglas added 12 points.

    NU had just one 3-pointer in the first half but finished with seven, including four in the final 7:22. The Wildcats shot 46.2 percent from the field while limiting Purdue to just 39.7 percent. Courtney Moses led all players with 26 points as she was 8-of-13 from the field (four 3-pointers) and made all six of her free throws. Sam Ostarello had a double-double, tallying 10 points and 16 rebounds.

    Purdue jumped out to an 8-3 lead early in the game as Moses scored all eight points for the Boilermakers. NU quickly responded, going on a 9-0 run with two buckets by Roser, one for Hackney and a 3-pointer by Lyon to help the ’Cats take the 12-8 lead.

    Four straight free throws for Purdue started a 9-0 run that put the Boilermakers back on top 17-12 with 13:04 left in the first. Purdue then caught fire from behind the arc, draining 3’s on three consecutive trips down the court to take the 32-19 lead. At that point in the game, Purdue was a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range.

    The Boilermakers continued to maintain their lead and took the 40-28 lead into halftime. Lyon led NU with 10 points in the first on 4-of-6 from the field while Roser chipped in eight points. NU had seven steals in the first half and converted Purdue’s 12 turnovers into eight points.

    Purdue finished the first frame at 48.3 percent from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Moses posted 13 points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. The Boilers also won the battle of the boards, outrebounding NU 25-12.

    Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant picked up her fourth foul less than 30 seconds into the second half. Senior forward Kate Popovec provided a spark immediately off the bench, blocking Camille Redmon’s layup and then drained a jumper on the other end, cutting Purdue’s lead to 11 at 43-32 with 18:18 left.

    Moses continued to hit shots for the Boilermakers, helping them gain their largest lead of the game of 19 at 56-37 with 12:44 left. Northwestern stayed in it, going on a 17-4 run over the next few minutes, cutting the deficit to just six points at 60-54 following a Hackney 3-pointer with 7:22 showing.

    NU stayed hot from long distance, draining 3-pointers on its next three trips down the court to keep Purdue’s lead under 10 late in the game. NU then railed by just four points after four made free throws by Hackney, putting the score at 70-66 with 38.6 seconds remaining.

    After Ostarello made 1-of-2 free throws for Purdue, Diamant scored NU’s seventh 3-pointer of the game, and its biggest, cutting Purdue’s lead to just two (71-69) with 28 seconds left.

    That would be the closest NU came as Purdue made its free throws down the stretch. Diamant played most of the second half with four fouls and never picked up her fifth.

    Northwestern is back on the Big Ten Network and back at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Monday, Jan. 28, against Indiana. Tip is set for 6 p.m. in Evanston.


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