Nov. 21, 2012
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 83, Yale 75
Records: NU (4-0), Yale (1-4)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Nov. 25 – vs. Loyola – 2 p.m. – Welsh-Ryan Arena – Autism Awareness Game
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern used a 17-0 second-half run to pull away from Yale Wednesday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 83-75, for its fourth win of the season. All five starters hit double-digits in scoring while three players – freshman forward Lauren Douglas, senior forward Kendall Hackney and senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant – each recorded double-doubles.
Hackney and Diamant both finished with 20 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring and grabbed 10 rebounds. Douglas pulled in her second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon added 14 in a starting role while sophomore guard Karly Roser added 11 points to go along with a game-high seven assists.
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Northwestern took some time to get its offense going at the start of the first half. Hackney converted a four-point play, draining a three and adding the free throw, to pull the Wildcats within one at 13-12 and that began an 11-3 run, which gave the Wildcats the 23-20 lead. The ’Cats never relinquished the lead again, finishing 39-33 at the break.
Yale used a 9-4 run to open the second half and came within one point (43-42) with 16:00 left. Northwestern responded on the offensive and defensive end, rattling off a 17-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at that point at 18 with 12:06 remaining.
Four different NU players scored during the 17-0 run as Douglas and Roser each scored five points while Lyon added four and Diamant drained a long-range 3-pointer.
The ’Cats continued a double-digit lead over the Bulldogs until the closing seconds, when Yale pulled within eight points with 8.3 seconds to go, but the Wildcats hung on for the 83-75 victory to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Northwestern once again used lockdown defense, limiting the Bulldogs to under 40 percent from the field as they finished 27-of-71 for 38.0 percent. Northwestern shot 45.2 percent from the field and outrebounded Yale 49-42.
The Wildcats close out their five game homestand Sunday, Nov. 25 at Welsh-Ryan Arena hosting cross-town rival Loyola at 2 p.m. for the team’s annual Autism Awareness Game. For more information on the fourth annual Autism Awareness Game, click here.
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