March 3, 2013
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WATCH: Game Highlights | Postgame Press Conference | Senior Day Ceremony
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Iowa - 62, Northwestern - 45
Records: NU (13-16 overall, 5-11 Big Ten), Iowa (19-11 overall, 8-8 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: 2013 Big Ten Tournament - Thursday, March 7 - 11:30 a.m. - vs. No. 7 Iowa - Sears Centre (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern wrapped up the 2012-13 regular season Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena and could not overcome the Hawkeyes as Iowa took the 62-45 victory. The Hawkeyes shot 41.0 percent from the field, marking just the third NU opponent to shoot better than 40 percent during the Big Ten season, with Iowa guard Melissa Dixon posting a game-high 21 points. Despite the five lead changes, the `Cats couldn't close the deficit.
Seniors Dannielle Diamant, Kendall Hackney and Kate Popovec were part of the starting lineup for the last regular season game of their Wildcat careers. All three, along with guard Inesha Hale, were honored prior to the game for the team's Senior Day ceremonies. Sophomore Karly Roser led the way for the Wildcats, recording her third double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Maggie Lyon had 10 points and five rebounds.
"It was a great atmosphere here today with a terrific crowd," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "It was a good opportunity for us to celebrate not just one game, but four years of what that class has done for us and meant to us. I am really proud of the seniors. That was the first class that I recruited here at Northwestern. "
The first half got off to a slow start with both teams struggling to get on the board. Lyon got the `Cats their first two points with a jumper at 19:23. From then it was back and forth with Northwestern and Iowa each answering each other's points with shots of their own. After a bucket by Dixon tied the game, layups by freshman Lauren Douglas and Diamant put the `Cats in the lead. The Hawkeyes then went out in front and were ahead by three until Lyon added five points to the board. The Hawkeyes went back on top before halftime and Dixon drained a buzzer-beater, giving them the 31-22 advantage going into the break.
Roser led the Wildcats with 10 points and five rebounds in the first. Northwestern managed to contain Dixon to 2-of-5 from the field and 1-of-4 from the 3-point line, but couldn't keep their grips on her going into the second.
The Hawkeyes extended their lead with a free throw and layup two minutes into the second. Hackney and Diamant shot back-to-back jumpers that pulled the `Cats within eight points, their closest of the half. Once Iowa brought their lead into the double digits, the `Cats could not find their footing to come away with the game.
The `Cats now turn their attention to the 2013 Big Ten Tournament where they will be the No. 10 seed and face seventh-seeded Iowa again Thursday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. CT. This year's tournament takes place close to home in Hoffman Estates, Ill., at the Sears Centre.
"Right after the game we talked about second chances so we have a great opportunity to play them in four days," said Roser. "They have a target on their back now because we want to beat them."
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