Nov. 11, 2012
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Watch: Central Michigan Game Highlights
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 82, Central Michigan 72
Records: NU (2-0), Central Michigan (1-1)
Next NU Event: Monday, Nov. 19 -- vs. Howard (Evanston, Ill.), 7 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. – Every member of Northwestern’s starting five scored in double-figures as the Wildcats improved to 2-0 with an 82-72 win over Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Freshman Lauren Douglas poured in 20 points and added 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her college career.
The early portion of the contest featured both teams trading baskets, but after falling behind 14-13 five minutes in the game, the Wildcats never trailed again in the contest. The visitors pulled within two with two minutes remaining in the opening half before Northwestern finished the half with a flourish. Layups from Kendall Hackney and Karly Roser, the latter with just three seconds remaining, set up a steal and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by freshman Maggie Lyon to send the home side into the locker room with a 33-24 advantage.
Hackney, an All-Big Ten selection in 2011-12, finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Roser also chipped in 15 points to go with five assists, three rebounds and a steal. Lyon, who led the ‘Cats with 21 points on Friday night in her collegiate debut, followed that effort with 13 points, seven boards and a team-high seven assists.
| Central Michigan Game Highlights
Central Michigan fought to chip away at the Wildcats lead throughout the second half, getting as close as two points with 5:27 remaining in the tilt before Northwestern reeled off seven straight points to put the game out of reach.
Douglas, a freshman from Memphis, Tennessee, scored 12 of her team-high 20 points in the second half and pulled down 10 defensive rebounds to lead the Wildcats to victory. Senior forward Dannielle Diamant poured in 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, and classmate Kate Popovec made the most of 16 minutes of action with eight rebounds in the win.
The Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the season and will take the court next on Monday, November 19 when they welcome Howard University to Welsh-Ryan Arena.
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