Feb. 17, 2013
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NU vs. Minnesota Box Score
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Arena)
Score: Northwestern 70, Minnesota 63
Records: NU (12-13, 4-8 Big Ten), Minnesota (15-11, 4-8 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Wednesday, Feb. 20 - at Michigan State - 6 p.m. (CT) - East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Northwestern hung tight with Minnesota through the first 30 minutes of play, and pulled away over the final 10 to earn a 70-63 road win over the Golden Gophers at Williams Arena on Sunday afternoon. Senior Kendall Hackney paced the Wildcats with 20 points and eight rebounds as the visitors improved to 12-13 on the year.
Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week Maggie Lyon picked up where she left off last week, posting seven of Northwestern's first nine points. Lyon's hot hand helped the Wildcats keep pace early with the hot shooting of Gophers guard Sari Noga who registered nine points in the game's first three minutes of play.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the first 20 minutes, a half that featured 10 lead changes and four ties throughout. Lyon paced Northwestern with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while classmate Lauren Douglas posted seven and Hackney chipped in with eight.
Northwestern recorded 11 assists on 12 baskets in the first half, and owned a 15-12 advantage on the glass as they headed to the locker room down 30-29. Thanks in large part to the suffocating defense of Karly Roser, Minnesota's Rachel Banham - the Big Ten's leading scorer - was limited to just five points in the opening 20 minutes.
The two teams traded baskets for much of the early portion of the second half, with neither squad earning the upper hand for long, or by a large margin. At the under-eight media timeout, Northwestern held a 54-50 advantage, equaling their largest lead of the game to that point.
As the game wore on however, Northwestern's stars calmly took over from the field and the foul line. Hackney heated up to go 5-of-8 from the field in the latter half, and added six rebounds, and finished the game with a team-high 20 points and eight boards.
Northwestern built an eight-point lead with 3:30 remaining, and then relied on efficient free throw shooting to nail down the road victory. Down the stretch, the `Cats buried 10-of-12 chances from the line, led by Douglas' 8-of-10 work from the stripe, to salt the game away.
The Wildcats finished with four of five starters in double-figures, Hackney (20), Lyon (16), Douglas (14) and Dannielle Diamant (12). Roser led the team with five assists and three steals in the 70-63 win.
NU is back on the road Wednesday, playing at Michigan State. Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT in East Lansing, Mich.
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