Jan. 28, 2013
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern – 53, Indiana - 39
Records: NU (10-10, 2-5 Big Ten), Indiana (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Thursday, January 31, 7 p.m. – vs. No. 25 Michigan State—Welsh-Ryan Arena
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern cruised by Indiana Monday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena, limiting the Hoosiers to just 21.0 percent from the field in the 53-39 Wildcat victory. Indiana was unable to match up against NU’s defensive tactics and finished just 13-of-62 from the field.
“Our defensive effort, awareness, focus were terrific,” Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. “We got a little sloppy at the end, got stretched defensively, had some run-outs, but we were able to get the ball inside a little bit. It was a really solid win for us and I just loved our defensive effort.”
NU saw three players score in the double digits. Senior center Dannielle Diamant had a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists while freshman forward Maggie Lyon wasn’t far behind with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Kendall Hackney contributed 11 points and also had seven rebounds and two assists.
Two players off the bench finished in double figures for Indiana as Sasha Chaplin led IU with 14 points and Nicole Bell had 10. IU’s leading scorer this season, Aulani Sinclair, who had 31 points in the first meeting between these two teams, finished with two points on 1-of-13 from the field.
“I think the biggest thing we did was not give her any space when she caught the ball,” McKeown said regarding NU’s defense on Sinclair. “We tried to not let her catch the ball first, but when she did get it, we made sure people were there. Indiana does a good job with screening, and I thought we got through screens well. We made sure she didn’t get a lot of open looks.”
The beginning of the game proved to be very close with both teams scoring back and forth. After a 3-pointer by Lyon with an assist by sophomore guard Karly Roser broke an 11-11 tie, the ‘Cats found their groove and sailed past Indiana. That sparked a 9-0 run, putting NU ahead 20-11 and the ’Cats limited Indiana to just four points the rest of the half.
Northwestern went into halftime with the 26-15 lead and kept the Hoosiers 0-for-11 from the 3-point line and 5-of-31 from the field.
NU came into the second half with the same momentum, going on an 8-2 run to bring the lead up to 17. Freshman guard Nof Kedem scored the first 3-pointer of her career and secured a 25 point lead for the ‘Cats at 7:31. NU led by as many as 26 down the stretch and never looked back as it captured its second Big Ten victory.
NU continues its busy week at home Thursday when No. 25 Michigan State visits Welsh-Ryan Arena at 7 p.m. The week then ends on the road, at Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.
“It was a great team effort tonight,” McKeown added. “To come off a win at Illinois and a great effort at Purdue where we cut a 19 point lead to two with 30 seconds left – we’re just starting to come together. Tonight gives us not just momentum but confidence that we can defend. Hopefully that’ll carry over Thursday.”
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