March 7, 2013
NU vs. Iowa Box Score
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Site: Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Sears Centre)
Score: No. 7 Iowa 60, No. 10 Northwestern 55
Records: No. 10 Northwestern (13-17, 5-11 B1G), No. 7 Iowa (20-11, 8-8 B1G)
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Northwestern faced Iowa for the second time in five days and played a hard-fought game but the Hawkeyes emerged the 60-55 victors in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Wildcats, who were the No. 10 seed in this year's tournament, were led by senior Kendall Hackney who had 13 points on 6-of-10 from the field. Sophomore guard Karly Roser chipped in 11 points while senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant had eight points and 13 rebounds, one off her career high. A pair of Hawkeyes, Morgan Johnson and Jaime Printy, scored a game-high 18 points.
Iowa jumped out to an 8-2 lead with NU going just 1-of-7 before the first media timeout. The Wildcats picked up their game though, thanks to freshman forward Lauren Douglas who recorded back-to-back steals, a fastbreak bucket and assisted on a Roser jumper to help NU pull within two at 8-6. Both teams traded buckets to maintain Iowa's two-point lead until Hackney knotted things up at 12-12 with 10:46 left in the first.
The Hawkeyes were scoreless for a little over four minutes but the Wildcats were unable to take the lead as Johnson broke the Iowa drought at 7:54 with a layup to go back on top 14-12. That bucket began an 18-7 run, giving the Hawkeyes an 11-point advantage at 30-19 with 2:35 left in the first.
NU then went on a run of its own, outscoring Iowa 7-0 to close the half and the Hawkeyes took the narrow 30-26 edge into the break. More importantly for the 'Cats was that Iowa's Morgan Johnson, who led all players with 10 points in the first frame, was whistled for two fouls in the final minute.
Hackney and Roser each led Northwestern with nine points in the first frame. Hackney went 4-of-6 from the field and also grabbed three rebounds. Diamant had a team-high six boards while Douglas filled the stat sheet with four points, two rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Out of the break, Northwestern countered Iowa's buckets and trailed by four after two free throws by Diamant put the score at 38-34. The Hawkeyes then went on another run to go ahead 11 (45-34) with 9:54 to play.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year Maggie Lyon recorded her first points of the game with 8:20 remaining, cutting the NU deficit to nine. Iowa took its largest lead of the game of 15 with 3:34 left and the 'Cats once again came within nine (57-48) and a Lyon 3-pointer put NU within six (57-51) with 1:03 remaining. Freshman guard Nof Kedem drained two free throws in the closing seconds to put the final score at 60-55 in favor of Iowa.
The Wildcats held the Hawkeyes to just 35.1 percent from the field and each team only scored two 3-pointers. Iowa won the battle on the boards 41-39 but Northwestern dominated in the paint, outscoring Iowa 28-18.
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