Feb. 28, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: Michigan 55, Northwestern 50
Records: NU (13-15, 5-10 B1G), Michigan (20-8, 9-6 B1G)
Next NU Event: Sunday, March 3 – vs. Iowa – Senior Day – 2 p.m. – Welsh-Ryan Arena
NU vs. Michigan Box Score
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Northwestern once again clawed its way back from a double-digit deficit, but was unable to pick up a win its final road game of the 2012-13 season as Michigan secured the 55-50 victory at the Crisler Center. NU trailed by 11 late in the second half and a 3-pointer by Maggie Lyon found the ’Cats down just one with 1:54 left.
Lyon extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games with a game-high 18 points, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers. She also tied her career-high with seven rebounds. Senior forward Kendall Hackney chipped in 13 points. Michigan’s Rachel Sheffer led her squad with 17 points while Nya Jordan had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half while two quick fouls for NU starters Dannielle Diamant and Lauren Douglas limited their minutes. Neither team was able to gain much separation until late in the half when Michigan went on an 8-0 run to take the 19-11 lead. Lyon converted two free throws to tie things up at 11 at the 8:19 mark but then Northwestern was without a bucket until Lyon drained her second 3-pointer of the game, putting the score at 19-14 in favor of Michigan with 2:36 remaining.
Northwestern clawed back and tied things up just before halftime. Lyon’s 3-pointer started a 7-2 NU run that included a bucket by Alex Cohen, steal and three-point play by Karly Roser and another two from Lyon. Tied 21-21, Michigan’s Sam Arnold drained a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the frame to give the Wolverines the 24-21 lead at the break.
The Wildcats dominated the glass in the first half, outrebounding Michigan 23-11, including 9-2 on the offensive glass. Lyon led all scorers with 10 points and drained both of NU’s 3-pointers.
Both teams were under 40 percent in the first as NU was 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) while Michigan went 10-of-26 (38.5).
The beginning of the second half began with each team trading baskets and Michigan maintaining a slim lead. Foul trouble once again plagued the ’Cats as Douglas was whistled for her fourth and Diamant and Hackney each played with three. After a Douglas bucket put NU the score at 32-30 in favor of Michigan, the Wolverines went on an 11-2 run to take their largest lead of the game at 43-32 with 9:34 remaining.
Northwestern clawed its way back, going on a 15-5 run to trail by just one (48-47) with 1:54 remaining after Lyon nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the game. Michigan missed a shot out of the timeout and NU had the chance to go on top but could not convert. Michigan then took the three-point lead at 50-47 with 31 seconds remaining as Elmblad scored with the shot clock winding down.
Hackney gave NU one last chance to tie things up but her 3-pointer fell short. Michigan converted 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to take the 55-50 win.
NU has been close in a majority of its Big Ten contests as Thursday’s game was the sixth loss by six points or less.
The Wildcats look to end the regular season on a positive note, hosting their final game of the regular season at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday, March 3 vs. Iowa. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and be sure to arrive early as the Wildcats honor seniors Dannielle Diamant, Kendall Hackney, Inesha Hale and Kate Popovec.
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