Feb. 10, 2014
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A pair of Northwestern underclassmen scored 20+ points in another Big Ten contest that went down to the wire but the Wildcats couldn't overtake the home team Monday night as Iowa secured the 90-84 victory.
Freshman Nia Coffey scored a career-high 29 points as she returned to the starting lineup while sophomore Lauren Douglas contributed 25, one off her career-best. Coffey added a team-high 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the year. Sophomore Maggie Lyon and freshman Christen Inman also chipped in 10 points each. Junior guard Karly Roser logged valuable minutes at the point, spelling Ashley Deary who was in foul trouble, and played a season-high 19 minutes while scoring four points and matched Deary with a game-best four assists.
NU picked Iowa's pocket with three early steals, leading to six Wildcat points, two each by the freshmen trio of Coffey, Deary and Inman. Coffey continued to score for the Wildcats with seven of the team's first 11 points and then Lyon contributed with a three-point play to tie things up at 14-14 with 11:52 left in the first.
The Hawkeyes caught fire from 3-point range early as they went 4-of-6 from long-distance, including back-to-back 3's by Melissa Dixon to give Iowa the 25-18 lead. Samantha Logic helped Iowa lead by eight (29-21) following a layup with 7:52 left in the first but Douglas and Coffey scored buckets for NU putting the 'Cats within four (29-25).
Iowa once again went up by eight and the Wildcats kept coming back to keep it close before halftime. Coffey converted a three-point play to reach 16 points for the half and put NU within three (37-34) and then Douglas drained her second 3-pointer of the game, putting the score at 39-37 with 1:29 left in the half.
The Hawkeyes didn't miss much in the first half, shooting 51.4 percent for the frame and took the 43-39 lead into the break. NU was not far behind at 45.7 percent with Coffey's 16 leading the way. Douglas chipped in eight points, three blocks and two rebounds. NU had six steals in the first, which led to nine points. The Wildcats also had the 12-4 advantage on fast break points.
Dixon and Logic led Iowa with 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the first, as the duo combined for all four of the Hawkeyes' 3-pointers.
Coffey reached the 20-point mark early in the second, scoring back-to-back buckets to put NU within six (49-43) and Douglas drained her third 3-pointer of the contest to keep things close. The Hawkeyes again went up by eight (54-46) but five-straight points by Lyon put NU within three (54-51) with 14:14 left.
Iowa seemed to have an answer for every NU run or bucket and extended its lead to nine, its largest of the game at that point, at 62-53 with 16:23 remaining. The Wildcats continued to fight back and utilized a 10-0 run to go ahead 63-62 for its first lead since early in the game.
The Hawkeyes countered with a 12-2 run of their own to go back ahead by nine at 74-65 with 6:43 remaining and led by as many as 11 late in the contest. Coffey helped NU pull within five at 80-75 after scoring her 28th point of the game, a new career high with 3:04 remaining. NU kept fighting until the final horn and utilized a press that forced two Iowa turnovers with less than a minute left which led to two NU buckets, putting the score at 88-84 in favor of the Hawkeyes with 23.8 left.
Douglas had an opportunity to cut the deficit to two but her layup missed late in the game and Logic drained two free throws to put the final score at 90-84 in favor of Iowa.
Iowa finished at 51.6 percent for the game while NU shot 45.2 percent. All five Hawkeye starters finished in double figures as Dixon led the way with 24 points, including six 3-pointers.
Northwestern returns home to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, Feb. 15 to host Minnesota. Tip is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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