Feb. 27, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern played its final regular-season home game Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena, facing their 11th ranked opponent of the year with No. 21/RV Michigan State in town. The Wildcats held an early lead in the first half but the Spartans used a large run and never looked back in the 75-44 win.
Thursday's game was the final home game for senior captains Meghan McKeown and La'Terria Taylor. Both made their first career starts Thursday and contributed right away, helping the Wildcats build a 13-6 lead. Taylor was key, scoring a bucket to put NU up 11-6 and McKeown drained a 3-pointer early. Northwestern took advantage of five MSU turnovers early, scoring nine of their first 11 points off turnovers.
The Spartans then utilized a big run over the ensuing minutes to re-take the lead and went into the locker room with the 30-21 advantage. The Wildcats had quality scoring opportunities in the first but a number of shots fell just short as the they were just 8-of-34 from the field. MSU was under 40 percent for the half at 37.5 percent (12-of-32).
Alex Cohen led NU with six points in the first while Nia Coffey had a team-high six rebounds. Aerial Powers and Jasmine Hines each had seven to lead the Spartans. NU continued to maintain the advantage in points off turnovers and fast break points with the 11-2 clip on both categories.
The Spartans caught fire offensively in the second half, shooting better than 60 percent for the first 10 minutes and continued to extend their lead. NU also had a better offensive output in the second half, but could not cut the deficit as Michigan State secured the 75-44 victory.
Taylor had a career-high four points and two steals in 14 minutes while McKeown added three points and two rebounds in 18 minutes. Cohen led the way for NU with 11 points while Coffey had another double-digit rebounding effort with 10 boards. Karly Roser had a season-high nine points in 17 minutes off the bench.
Powers led all players with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Annalise Pickrel had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats wrap up the 2013-14 regular season on the road Sunday, taking on Wisconsin. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at the Kohl Center.
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