February 7, 1999
EVANSTON, Ill. - Sophomore guard Lisa Shepherd poured in 27 points to lead No. 18 Penn State past Northwestern, 92-63. It was the second victory for the Lady Lions over the Wildcats this season. On Jan. 27, Penn State defeated Northwestern, 93-60.
NU was without sophomore point guard Dana Leonard, who did not suit up because of a badly bruised left shin suffered in Friday's 76-73 win at Illinois. Penn State (18-5, 10-3 Big Ten) took advantage, opening the game with seven straight points and never looking back. Shepherd scored 14 points to lead all scorers in the first half and the Lady Lions as a team, shot over 55 percent from the field (19-of-34) en route to a 45-25 halftime edge.
The Wildcats (10-12, 4-8 Big Ten) cut the margin under 20 two times in the second half, but could never get closer than 18. Junior forward Leslie Schock finished with 16 points for Northwestern. Senior guard Megan Chawansky and sophomore forward Clarissa Flores each had 14 points, while senior guard Shannon McGarrigle added a career-high 11 points and six assists.
Chawansky moved into fifth place on Northwestern's all-time scoring list. She surpassed Julie Calahan who totaled 1,648 points for the Wildcats from 1978-81. Chawansky has 1,653 career points and could move into fourth place on the scoring chart with 36 more points.
Penn State's junior center Andrea Garner scored her 1,000th career point with a jumper at the 4:48 mark of the second half. She entered the game needing only nine points to reach the milestone and finished with 10 points on the night.
Junior guard Helen Darling of Penn State had the only double-double of the game with 18 points and 13 assists.
Next up for Northwestern is a 6:30 p.m. CST tipoff at Michigan State on Fri., Feb. 12. The Wildcats are at Iowa on Sun., Feb. 14.