Nov. 17, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern battled with UNLV Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena and after eight ties and 11 lead changes, the Wildcats emerged the 57-53 victors. Sophomore forward Lauren Douglas provided a spark off the bench for Northwestern with 11 points, including a key 3-pointer late in the game to tie things up at 53-53, and eight rebounds.
Sophomore guard Maggie Lyon led the team with 12 points and chipped in five rebounds. Freshman forward Nia Coffey earned her second-consecutive double-double, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes. Alex Cohen also had a solid contribution for the Wildcats, scoring nine points to go along with six rebounds and a team-high four blocks.
Despite a fast paced game to start the first half, both teams had trouble putting points on the board. Once the buckets started pouring in the teams went back and fourth exchanging four leads and tying the game up four times.
UNLV scored a buzzer-beating layup to bring the Rebels into the half with the 26-22 lead, their largest lead of the game. NU freshman guard Christen Inman led the half in scoring, posting seven points and a rebound. Coffey, Lyon and Douglas each scored four points with Coffey also adding team-high eight rebounds.
The 'Cats came into the second and slowly took the lead back with a three from Alex Cohen followed by a bucket by Lyon. With 12:45 to play, Coffey posted another two points for the Wildcats and spurred a 9-0 run.
UNLV continued to chip away at the lead and eventually the Lady Rebels went on top 49-48 with 3:25 to play. A Lyon bucket put NU back on top but UNLV responded and went up 53-50 with 1:48 remaining.
That's when Douglas took control, draining a 3-pointer with 1:22 to play to tie things up at 53-53. Lyon added an insurance bucket to put NU up two and Douglas recorded another key play on the defensive end, drawing a charge, erasing any UNLV chance at tying the game up. She then put the finishing touches on the NU victory, draining two free throws with three seconds left.
Northwestern shot 39.3 percent from the field, but was an impressive 15-of-27 in the second for a 55.6 percent clip. UNLV was just 19-of-66 for 28.8 percent.
With a 3-0 start to the year, Northwestern wraps up its season-opening four-game homestand on Wednesday when Hofstra visits Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m.
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