Nov. 25, 2007
Loyola Box Score
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Nadia Bibbs (Chicago, Ill./Hillcrest) notched her season's first double-double and Northwestern used a 68 percent second-half shooting effort en route to a 63-47 victory over Chicagoland rival Loyola Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Northwestern is next in action Wednesday, November 28 when it hosts Wake Forest as part of the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge. Tip is set for 6 p.m. and the game is being televised by the Big Ten Network.
Northwestern's 68-percent effort was its best shooting performance of the season in one half and its overall shooting percentage (50 percent) was the best of the campaign as well.
"I can't say enough for Nadia Bibbs today," head coach Beth Combs said. "We didn't play the kind of game we wanted to play. But we talked about it at halftime and Nadia stepped up. We had one person step up and then we had people follow. That's what being a team is all about and I am extremely proud of Nadia today. Then we had Kaitlin McInerney, Melissa Miller and Meshia Reed step up and follow her. We've got to continue to bring people with us, every game."
After a shaky offensive start for both squads, Northwestern (2-4) composed a five-point run to go up 10-5 with 12 minutes left in the half. Loyola cut the lead to one before the Wildcats extended the difference to five once again at the 9:42 juncture. Northwestern put together an unanswered six-point run to extend the lead to 22-15 with just under two minutes remaining, but Loyola ended the half with five unanswered points to narrow the Wildcats' lead to two, 24-22. Bibbs led NU with seven rebounds and six points.
It turned out to be a tale of two halves for Northwestern, as it scored a season-high 39 points in the second frame thanks to a 17-of-25 shooting effort. The Wildcats opened the second half outscoring Loyola 10-6 through the first six minutes before taking control of the game. A layup by Ellen Jaeschke (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove/Air Force) sparked a 14-4 run over the next five minutes to push NU's lead to 16 and put the game out of reach.
Bibbs finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds and nearly missed a triple-double, dishing out eight assists as well. She also led the team in steals with four. Sophomore Kaitlin McInerney (Oak Brook, Ill./Benet Academy) continued her steady contributions, joining Bibbs in double-figures with 12.
Jaeschke finished with six rebounds.