Nov. 20, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern kept its winning streak going Wednesday defeating Hofstra, 74-57 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Scoring in double-digits for the fourth consecutive game, freshman Nia Coffey posted a career-high 27 points on 11-of-16 from the field to lead the Wildcats in scoring.
Sophomore Lauren Douglas, coming off of a game-winning performance against UNLV, was the team's second highest scorer with 14 points. Sophomore Maggie Lyon earned her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the Wildcat win. Freshman Christen Inman also contributed 11 points.
It was a back and forth fight between the 'Cats and the visiting team in the first half. Hofstra came out the gate and gained a seven-point lead against Northwestern before the Wildcats fell into place and put points of their own on the board. At 13:14 freshman guard Ashley Deary set up the second layup in a row for Coffey, which put Northwestern ahead by four.
Hofstra's Asia Jackson shot a 3-pointer at 11:44 that broke the NU lead down to one. Plays like that filled the first half with the lead changing six times before a 3-pointer by Inman with 46 seconds left took Northwestern into the half ahead 36-34.
Coffey managed almost one point per minute in the first half, scoring 16 in just 15 minutes of playing time. Both Inman and Lyon added five points to the board for the `Cats with Lyon grabbing another five rebounds.
Northwestern maintained its lead coming out of halftime and went on to dominate the second half, limiting Hofstra to just 23.1 percent from the field. A bucket by Inman at the start of the half sent the Wildcats on an 11-0 run which created the first double-digit lead of the game. Hofstra struggled to shave down the gap and the Wildcats held on for the 74-57 victory.
Northwestern takes its 4-0 record out to the road for the first time this season as the Wildcats will take on 17th-ranked California on Sunday, November 24 at 5 p.m. CT. The Bears made the NCAA Final Four a year ago and these two teams battled to a close game last year in Evanston.
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