Nov. 6, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The 'Cats put on a good show Wednesday, dominating Lewis in their exhibition game at Welsh-Ryan Arena with the 98-57 victory. Every Wildcat that played scored and Northwestern fans had their first chance to see the four Wildcat newcomers in action.
Freshman guard Christen Inman had quite the debut, scoring a team-high 21 points on 9-of-13 from the field. Fellow freshman Nia Coffey was second in scoring for NU adding 14 points while freshman Ashley Deary started at point guard and had a complete game with five points, four rebounds, six assists and no turnovers. Freshman forward Allie Tuttle also made her Wildcat debut, scoring four points to go along with three rebounds.
Senior Meghan McKeown made the most of her first game post-injury, going a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range, helping the Wildcats to victory. As a team, Northwestern shot 50.6 percent from the field.
The Lewis Flyers went toe to toe with Northwestern at the outset of the first half, exchanging point for point before the `Cats broke out into a two point lead. A 7-3 run was just the push of momentum Northwestern needed to take control of the first half. The `Cats were on fire shooting 47.5% from the field and 55.6% from the 3-point line. Northwestern went into the half with a 44-24 lead.
McKeown led the half in points, scoring nine and contributing one assist. Lauren Douglas nabbed four rebounds and Maggie Lyon added seven points and three assists to the board.
Northwestern came out of the gate with a bucket from Deary less than a minute into the second half. The visiting team tried to close the gap, but was only able to whittle it down to 18 points. From then, the Flyers defense couldn't quell the `Cats.
Inman continued to dominate in points, scoring 13 of her 21 in the second half, Alex Cohen pulled down four defensive rebounds in the second to come up with a team-high nine for the game.
The Wildcats look to build off of this momentum when they host the UIC Flames Sunday, Nov. 10 for the 2013-14 season-opener. Tip is set for 5 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
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