Feb. 7, 2013
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NU vs. Nebraska Box Score
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Nebraska 55, Northwestern 50
Records: Northwestern (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten), (RV/RV) Nebraska (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. vs. Ohio State, Welsh-Ryan Arena
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Cornhuskers snuck past Northwestern in a narrow 55-50 win Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The ’Cats clawed back from a 13-point deficit (51-38), outscoring Nebraska 12-4 to end the game, but could not get over the hump as the Huskers hung on for the win. Nebraska was without a field goal for the final 7:29 of the contest, scoring its final six points on free throws.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t rally like we did at Iowa Sunday and we had some similarities there," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "We forced some turnovers late in the game and had a couple of good shots that didn’t go in. I thought we played good defense against a team that’s scoring a lot of points in our league, so that was an outstanding effort to hold them to 32 percent. Again, you just have to make shots. We just weren’t able to capitalize.”
Freshman forward Lauren Douglas was the front-runner for the ‘Cats, scoring 14 points, grabbed six rebounds, had two blocks, two steals and two assists. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant was one point away from a double-double, grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with nine points. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
The first half was a tug of war between the ‘Cats and the Huskers with five ties. Douglas came in hot, matching all five points the Cornhuskers made in the first two minutes. A layup by Douglas with 9:45 left gave Northwestern their first lead of the game.
Both teams had trouble getting on the board, shooting less than 26 percent from the field, but a bucket by Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper put the Cornhuskers ahead. The Huskers took the 25-17 lead into halftime despite shooting just 25.8 percent from the field. Hooper had a team-high seven points and three rebounds. NU struggled from the field at 21.9 percent but 10 of its 17 points came in the paint.
Nebraska led by as many as 15 points in the second half but the ’Cats stayed close as Lyon drained a 3-pointer with 5:44 remaining, her first of the game, to spark the 12-4 run. Lyon then converted another from long distance, putting the score at 46-51 with 3:02 to play. A drive to the hoop by sophomore guard Karly Roser put the ’Cats within three (51-48) with just over a minute showing but the Huskers made their final four free throws to secure the victory.
Nebraska’s Hooper finished with 19 points and seven rebounds while Lindsey Moore chipped in 16 points. Northwestern limited the Huskers to just 32.7 percent from the field.
The ‘Cats will play their second game this week Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena against the Ohio State Buckeyes, following the celebration of National Women and Girl’s in Sports Day. Sunday’s game is also the team’s annual WBCA PinkZone contest.
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