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    Hoosiers Outlast 'Cats, 85-67, Thursday Evening

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Maggie Mocchi poured in a career-best 19 points to lead Northwestern against Indiana Thursday evening.
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    Freshman Maggie Mocchi poured in a career-best 19 points to lead Northwestern against Indiana Thursday evening.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 19, 2009

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Freshman Maggie Mocchi (Wheeling, Ill./Buffalo Grove) poured in a career-best 19 points and two other Wildcats turned in double-digit performances but it was not enough as Indiana downed Northwestern, 85-67, Thursday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Sophomore Meshia Reed (Country Club Hills, Ill./Stockbridge (Ga.)) and freshman Brittany Orban (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) tallied 13 points each. The Hoosiers used an outrageous 11-of-14 effort (74 percent) from beyond the arc to claim the victory down the stretch.

    Northwestern shot 45 percent through the first four minutes to take an early 11-8 advantage, courtesy of two triples from Orban. The game would remain competitive throughout, as the score was tied 14 times and there were 11 lead changes. The two teams combined for 20 treys on the evening.

    But Indiana hung around, not taking the lead, but answering Northwestern's buckets until the 'Cats were able to string together a mini run. Back-to-back treys by Reed and Erin Dickerson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) on consecutive possessions capped off a 6-0 Wildcat run which gave NU a 26-20 lead with 7:16 remaining in the first half.

    But the Hoosiers responded with an 8-0 run of their own before a 15-footer from the corner by Amy Jaeschke (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) tied the game at 28 with 4:45 left. Scoring remained tight until the break and Indiana took a one-point advantage into the locker room.

    Mocchi led NU with 10 points at the half while Reed added eight and Orban contributed seven. Northwestern dominated the boards, pulling down 22 rebounds, 13 of which came on the offensive end.

    Both squads came out of the locker room firing, scoring nine points in the opening 1:10 of the second half.

    Indiana held a 42-38 lead at the 17:28 mark before NU ran off six unanswered points, capped by Reed's driving bucket which gave the Wildcats a 44-42 advantage -- and their first lead of the half -- with 16:23 left.

    The score was tight over the next eight minutes before the Hoosiers went on a 10-0 run, bolstered by two triples, to take a 58-68 lead before two free throws by Kristin Cartwright (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) pulled NU to back within eight with 5:18 on the clock.

    Indiana then used 14-7 spurt to end the game and claim its 17th win of the season.

    The Wildcats are next in action on Monday, Feb. 23 when they host Minnesota in a 7 p.m. affair, which will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.