Feb. 25, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Northwestern erased a first-half 16-point deficit and pulled to within five at intermission, but No. 10/12 Ohio State shot 80 percent from the field in the first 10 minutes of the second half to emerge with a 78-47 victory at Value City Arena Thursday evening. Junior Amy Jaeschke led the Wildcats (16-12) with 22 points, while freshman Kendall Hackney added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening two minutes and continued to find the bucket with accuracy, shooting 50 percent from the field through the first nine minutes, setting itself up for a comfortable 16-point lead, 20-4, 11 minutes into the game. Northwestern continued to move the ball well, but could not seem to get its shots to fall.
The Wildcats pulled to within nine following a free throw from Brittany Orban (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) with 8:08 on the clock, but Ohio State responded with two scores to once again make it a double-digit difference.
After back-to-back empty Buckeye possessions, the Wildcats found their offensive groove. Two triples, one from Beth Marshall (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and another from Orban, spearheaded a 10-2 Wildcat run and made it a four-point game with 3:37 on the clock. A three-pointer by Sarah Schulze pushed OSU's lead back to seven, but Northwestern ran off four-straight points to once again make it a one-possession game, 28-25, with 2:24 remaining in the frame.
Ohio State, which only scored 10 points in the final 11 minutes of the half, took a 30-25 lead into the locker room. Jaeschke (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) led NU with eight points while Hackney added six points and five boards. Northwestern turned the ball over only six times the entire first half.
After four Ohio State points to open the half, Jaeschke spoke for the Wildcats, sinking a triple at the 18:41 mark. The Buckeyes responded in an "anything you can do, we can do better," manner, sinking a trey on the following possession. The three pointer opened up an 8-0 Ohio State run, giving the Bucks a 42-28 lead with 15:48 remaining. OSU, shooting 85 percent from the field to open the half, built a 19-point lead six minutes into the frame.
The Wildcats continued to battle and cut the difference to 15, but could not overome the Buckeyes' strong offensive attack.
Northwestern is next in action at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, when it welcomes Illinois in the final regular season contest. Northwestern will honor Wildcat seniors Kaitlin McInerney and Kristin Cartwright. The 2010 Big Ten Tournament gets underway Thursday, March 4 in Indianapolis.