Feb. 10, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-- Minnesota used a 50 percent shooting effort on the afternoon to propel itself to a 68-48 victory over Northwestern Sunday at Williams Arena. Freshmen Meshia Reed (Country Club Hills, Ill./Stockbridge (Ga.)) and Amy Jaeschke (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) led the Wildcats with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jaeschke also led NU on the boards with five.
"We were able to hang in there early, but they got us back on our heels to end the first half," head coach Beth Combs said. "We did a nice job fighting in the second half, but ultimately couldn't get it done."
The Gophers jumped out to a six-point lead six minutes into the game, but Reed single-handedly pulled Northwestern back into the game, rattling off six unanswered points to even the score at 13 a piece with 11:53 left in the half.
After the two squads exchanged baskets, the Wildcats continued their run, holding Minnesota scoreless over the next three minutes to take a 22-17 advantage at the 7:07 mark.
But Minnesota stepped it up over the remaining six minutes, outscoring Northwestern 14-2 to end the frame and hold a 10-point halftime advantage.
Reed led all Wildcat scorers with eight points at half.
Junior Erin Dickerson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) led Northwestern out of the break, knocking down a trey on the opening possession. A bucket by Melissa Miller (Bloomington, Minn./The Breck School) cut the Gopher lead in half, 34-29.
Minnesota responded with an 11-0 run to push the lead to 45-29 with 14:26 remaining in the game. Northwestern chipped away at the lead and a jumper by freshman Shantina Boyd (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) pulled NU to within 10 with just over 11 minutes left.
Minnesota once again had an answer and this time, it would not allow the Wildcats back in the game, outscoring Northwestern 18-11 the rest of the way to claim its eighth conference victory.
The Wildcats are next in action on Thursday, Feb. 14 when they welcome the Wolverines of Michigan to Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip is set for 7 p.m.