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    'Cats Come Up Short vs. Spartans, 54-45

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    Senior forward Kendall Hackney eclipsed the 1,500-point mark vs. Michigan State.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior forward Kendall Hackney eclipsed the 1,500-point mark vs. Michigan State.
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    Feb. 20, 2013

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    Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
    Score: Michigan State 54, Northwestern 45
    Records: NU (12-14, 4-9 B1G), Michigan State (20-6, 8-5 B1G)
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 23, noon - vs. Wisconsin - Welsh-Ryan Arena - Big Ten Network
     
    EAST LANSING, Mich. - It was a tight contest in the closing minutes Wednesday night at the Breslin Center but Michigan State kept off a late Northwestern run to take the 54-45 victory. NU found hot shooting from behind the 3-point line in the final minute, cutting the deficit to seven, but was unable to take the road win in East Lansing.
     
    Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant led NU with 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior forward Kendall Hackney tied an NU record, playing in her 122nd career game (ties Laura Augustyniak, 1979-83) and also eclipsed the 1,500-point milestone, scoring 11 points. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon also contributed 11 points, including seven in the second half.

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    Northwestern continued its stretch of suffocating defense, forcing the Spartans to as many turnovers (six) as points (six) and built a 16-6 lead with 8:22 left in the first. MSU was scoreless for more than six minutes, using layup to come within two at 8-6 and did not score again until two free throws by Mills with 7:20 showing. At that point in the game, the NU defense limited MSU to just 3-of-19 from the field for 15.8 percent.
     
    The Spartans started to find their offense and went on a 12-4 run to once again pull within two points (20-18) and outscored NU 21-9 to end the half, taking the slight 27-25 advantage into the locker room.
     
    Diamant paced NU with 10 points in the first frame, eight of which came in the paint. Mills led all scorers with 11 points as the Spartans finished the first shooting 31.3 percent (10-of-32) while NU was 44.0 percent (11-of-25).
     
    On NU's first possession after the break, Lyon tied things up (27-27) with a layup off a dish from Roser and the 'Cats found themselves back on top, 29-27 after another bucket in the paint by Diamant. Shortly after, the 6-foot-5 NU center was whistled for her fourth foul, sending her to the bench for nearly 10 minutes.
     
    MSU once again took the lead at 30-29 after a three-point play for Hines and that was one of six lead changes in early in the second half. The Spartans then began to gain a bit of separation, outscoring NU 16-2 to take their biggest lead of the game at 13 (48-35) with 4:12 remaining.
     
    The 'Cats pushed the tempo until the final whistle and managed to cut the deficit to seven in the closing minute. Lyon drained a 3-pointer immediately after a timeout, and then Hackney scored another 3-pointer, putting the score at 50-43 with 40 seconds left. The 3-pointer by Hackney helped her eclipse the 1,500 career point mark.
     
    That would be the closest the Wildcats came as the Spartans drained their final four free throws to take the 54-45 victory.
     
    Northwestern returns to Welsh-Ryan Arena Saturday, Feb. 23, hosting Wisconsin at noon. Saturday is the second-to-last home game for the 'Cats and scouts in the 8th grade and under are invited to join the team for its annual Scout Day. Click here for more information on Scout Day.

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