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    Indiana Edges Northwestern, 66-65 in WNIT Third Round

    March 27, 2014

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    Northwestern Indiana 66, Northwestern 65
    2014 WNIT • Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Northwestern led for nearly the entire 40 minutes but an Indiana layup with 11 seconds remaining gave the Hoosiers the narrow 66-65 victory in the third round of the WNIT Thursday night at Assembly Hall. The Wildcats saw strong play from a trio of underclassmen with freshman Nia Coffey's 16 points leading the way and sophomore Lauren Douglas adding 15 points off the bench. Freshman point guard Ashley Deary had a solid stat line with 12 points, five assists and four steals.

    Northwestern wraps up its season with 17 wins, four All-Big Ten honorees and its third postseason appearance in the last five years. All five starters from this year's squad, Deary, Coffey, Christen Inman, Maggie Lyon and Alex Cohen, along with Douglas, are back for the 2014-15 season.

    Deary had a strong start to the game for the Wildcats with two steals and two assists in just five minutes of action, helping NU jump out to the 7-2 lead. Northwestern continued to stay on top thanks to hot shooting and strong defense as the Wildcats limited IU to just 28.6 percent on 4-of-14 from the field with 10 minutes left in the first. The Wildcats on the other hand were 7-of-12 from the field for 58.3 percent. NU also forced Indiana into seven turnovers early, leading to six Wildcat points, helping them take the 18-9 lead.

    A 3-pointer by Douglas extended NU's lead to 14 (23-9) but then IU went on an 8-0 run to pull within six (23-17). Deary re-entered the game and immediately after registered another steal and bucket to break the IU run and begin a 7-0 run for the Wildcats, putting them back up 13.

    Northwestern continued to capitalize on Indiana miscues, scoring 13 points off 11 IU turnovers to hold the 30-22 lead with 3:32 left in the first. IU's leading scorer this season, Brooks, helped the Hoosiers climb back in before halftime but the Wildcats took the 41-35 lead into the break.

    NU shot 51.7 percent in the first half while limiting IU to 39.4 percent. Coffey's nine points in the first led NU while Deary added eight points, four assists and three steals. Lyon and Douglas each chipped in seven points. Northwestern had the 13-5 advantage in points off turnovers while IU had the 11-4 edge on second chance points. Brooks led all scorers with 15 points in the first.

    Northwestern continued to maintain its lead in the second half but Indiana pulled within six (53-47) with 10:44 to play. Turnovers started to plague the 'Cats in the second half as they had nine miscues to open the half and both teams were now an even 13-13 on points off turnovers.

    A steal and fast break bucket by Coffey helped put the Wildcats back up 10 but Brooks drained her fourth 3-pointer of the game to put the score at 59-52 in favor of NU with 7:46 to play. Indiana continued to hang around and pulled within six (61-55) after the Hoosiers drained their 10th 3-pointer of the game on their 28th attempt. Douglas added another bucket to put NU back up eight but two free throws by Brooks gave NU another six-point lead (63-57) with 3:55 remaining.

    Brooks continued to make big shots for Indiana as her fifth from long-distance put the Hoosiers within one (63-62). Douglas silenced the IU crowd with a bucket on the other end to give NU the three-point cushion at 65-62 with 2:06 to play.

    IU once again came within one at 65-64 with 59 remaining following two free throws by Brooks. On the other end, Douglas's layup attempt just missed with 36 seconds left. With 11 seconds to play, Simone Deloach sunk a layup to give Indiana its first lead of the game and the 66-65 victory. Indiana freshman point guard Larryn Brooks was the difference-maker for the Hoosiers, scoring a game-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers.

    Thursday's game was the final one for Northwestern seniors Meghan McKeown and La'Terria Taylor.


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