March 23, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern was firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena, cruising to an 88-52 victory over IUPUI in the second round of the WNIT. The Wildcats shot 22-of-29 for 75.9 percent in the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 54-31 in the frame. All 12 available players entered the game for Northwestern with Maggie Lyon leading the way, scoring a game-high 19 points.
Christen Inman went 8-of-12 from the field for 18 points while Nia Coffey added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds to go with five assists. Karly Roser also had a productive day with seven points and nine assists. NU finished the game shooting 60.3 percent from the field while limiting IUPUI to just 33.9 percent.
With the win, the Wildcats advance to the third round of the WNIT for the second time in school history. Northwestern will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Big Ten foe Indiana on Thursday, March 23. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall.
Northwestern jumped out to a 10-0 lead thanks to a hot start for Lyon who had seven of NU's first 10 points. IUPUI did not get on the board until the 16:13 mark after going 1-for-2 from the free throw line. The Wildcats also took advantage of four early turnovers by the Jaguars, scoring five points off their miscues.
The Wildcats continued to apply pressure as Ashley Deary picked the Jaguars' pockets for another steal, the fifth of the game for NU, leading to a fast break bucket that put the Wildcats up 16-4. Northwestern limited IUPUI to just 1-of-8 from the field early.
IUPUI started to find an offensive rhythm but the Wildcats continued to maintain a double-digit lead for the remainder of the half, taking the 34-21 advantage into halftime. Inman and Lyon led Northwestern with nine points each while Coffey and Deary each chipped in six points. Deary, a 5-foot-4 point guard also had a game-high six rebounds and three assists along with two steals in the first. Alex Cohen contributed four points, a block and two steals as the five Wildcat starters combined for all 34 of NU's first half points.
NU had eight steals and forced IUPUI into 14 turnovers in the first half, which led to 13 points for the Wildcats. NU had the 22-14 lead on points in the paint and 8-4 clip on second chance points. The Wildcats were 12-of-29 from the field (44.8 percent) in the first while IUPUI was just 8-of-26.
Lyon completed a three-point play early in the second to go over double-digits for the 26th time this year and give NU the 41-25 lead. The Wildcats then went on an 18-9 run over the ensuing minutes to take the 59-34 lead with 13:35 remaining.
Northwestern did not miss much in the second half as they were 11-of-13 for 84.6 percent for the frame at the under 12 media timeout. Northwestern led by as many as 36 in the second half and cruised to the 88-52 victory.
Northwestern finished Sunday's game with five blocks, putting them at 215 for the season, which is a new Big Ten record. NU surpassed the previous record of 211, set by Michigan State in 33 games during the 2006-07 season. The Wildcats have 215 blocks in 32 games so far this year.
Northwestern will now face Big Ten foe Indiana on Thursday, March 27 in the third round of the WNIT. This is the second meeting between the two teams this year as the Wildcats defeated the Hoosiers in Bloomington, 58-52 on Jan. 30.
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