Feb. 23, 2013
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NU vs. UW Box Score
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern – 54, Wisconsin – 52
Records: NU (13-14 overall, 5-9 Big Ten), Wisconsin (11-16 overall, 3-11 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Thursday, Feb. 28 at Michigan – 6 p.m. CT – Crisler Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern came out on top in a tight contest Saturday afternoon against the Badgers, 54-52. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 10 points but staged a second-half comeback that included six ties before Northwestern took over for good (53-52) after freshman forward Maggie Lyon drained one of her three 3-pointers with 1:47 to play.
"It was just a crazy game and a great rally by us in the second half,” Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. “We have to give Wisconsin a lot of credit; I thought they defended us really well. I'm just glad Maggie Lyon, who to me is one of the premier freshmen in the country, kept making plays at the end of the game. Those three’s that she made were daggers and we really needed that so I'm really proud of her and how we fought. It was a little crazy finish there where it was kind of chaotic so, it was a really good win, and in really late February you just want to get out of there with a W. "
Senior forward Kendall Hackney and freshman forward Maggie Lyon lead the team in scoring, posting 13 points each for the Wildcats. Hackney broke a Northwestern record Saturday by playing in her 123rd career game. The senior has never missed a game in her Wildcat career and surpassed Laura Augustyniak’s record of 122 games played (1979-83).
Sophomore guard Karly Roser was close to a triple-double, scoring eight points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant chipped in 12 points.
Both teams came out cold, shooting a combined 0-10 start in the first three minutes before a jumper by Wisconsin guard Nicole Bauman put the first points on the board. Lyon responded with her first 3-pointer of the game, which picked up the game’s pace. Another three points by Hackney, set the ‘Cats in the lead just five minutes in. Northwestern kept their momentum with Lyon and Douglas putting five more points up.
Wisconsin then went on a run to take the 10-point lead at 26-16 with 4:08 left in the half. The Badgers led by 10 again (28-18) but the ’Cats went on a bit of a run to end the half, including a buzzer-beater by Roser, to trail by just four (31-27) going into the break.
Hackney was the leading scorer for the ‘Cats in the first with 11 points, shooting 3-3 from 3-point range and three rebounds. Roser had a team-high four rebounds and five assists.
The beginning of the second half proved to be a closer battle between the ‘Cats and the Badgers with two ties in the first five minutes alone. From then, it was back and forth with each team answering each other’s shots almost immediately.
After a Lauren Douglas bucket tied things up at 43-43 both teams went cold as the score stayed the same for nearly four minutes. Diamant broke the tie, but once again UW evened the score at 45-45 with two free throws.
The sixth tie of the half came with 2:37 left after another layup by Douglas and UW responded shortly after to go up 52-50 with 2:04 remaining. That would be the final lead of the game for UW as Lyon drained her third 3-pointer, giving NU the 53-52 edge.
It was still a tight contest until the closing seconds. With NU up 54-52, Wisconsin had possession with 14 seconds left, but was unable to guard against a steal by Lyon, her third of the game. The NU freshman missed a layup and UW went the length of the court but missed a last-second shot to secure the NU victory.
Wisconsin shot 48.1 percent in the first half, but the Wildcat defense flipped the script in the second, limiting the Badgers to just 6-of-26 for 23.1 percent and finished the game at 35.8 percent.
NU finished 36.8 percent from the field, but an impressive 50 percent from 3-point range (6-of-12). Lyon (three) and Hackney (three) had all of NU’s 3-pointers and the ’Cats improve to 6-2 when Lyon drains three-or-more 3-pointers.
Northwestern plays its final road game of the 2012-13 regular season Thursday at Michigan. Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.
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