Feb. 3, 2013
NU vs. Iowa Box Score
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
Score: Northwestern - 67, Iowa - 65
Records: NU (11-11 overall, 3-6 Big Ten), No. 24/25 Iowa (16-7 overall, 5-4 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. - vs. Nebraska - Welsh-Ryan Arena
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, Northwestern stormed back to earn a 67-65 victory over No. 24/25 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday afternoon. Karly Roser’s coast-to-coast layup beat the buzzer to secure the win for the Wildcats, their first in Iowa City since 1995.
"It was a great college basketball game," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "We were fortunate enough to make one more play at the end. Last year we came in here, and before we even got off the bus, I think (Iowa's Jaime) Printy hit four three's. It's good for us to keep our poise, being down, and be able to come back and just be able to make some plays at the end. Little better second half, took better care of the basketball. They caught us in their zones and cut down passing lanes, did a really good job, and we kind of played into that with some of our turnovers. I think in the second half we got the ball to people in better spots. I think Karly Roser played with a lot of poise in the second half. In the second half I think she had complete control of our team."
The two squads battled back and forth for much of the opening 13 minutes, with Northwestern holding on to a slim 16-15 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half. But over the final segment of the half, the Hawkeyes heated up while the ‘Cats simultaneously went cold.
Iowa closed the first half on a 14-2 run, led by three triples from sophomore guard Melissa Dixon off the bench. Dixon led all players with 21 points, going 6-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Facing a 48-37 deficit with 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Wildcats clawed back in with a 12-1 run - sparked by seven points from Kendall Hackney - to tie the game at 49-49. Hackney began the game by going 1-of-6 from the field, but lit up the Iowa defense for 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the second half.
Tied at 65-65 after a jumper by Dixon with just five seconds remaining, Roser took the inbounds pass and raced the length of the floor, sinking a leaning layup as the buzzer sounded. The officials checked the replay monitor for several minutes before determining the basket was good, and the Wildcats had earned their first win at Carver-Hawkeye in over 17 years.
Hackney led Northwestern with 18 points in the victory, and was one of four Wildcats in double figures. Playing in her 100th career game, Dannielle Diamant chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds, Roser registered 11 points and eight assists, and Alex Cohen delivered eight rebounds in just 15 minutes of action.
Northwestern returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 7 when they welcome the Nebraska Cornhuskers to Welsh-Ryan Arena at 7 p.m.
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