Nov. 25, 2012
Final Stats |
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 80, Loyola 53
Records: NU (5-0), Loyola (3-2)
Next NU Event: Wednesday, Nov. 28 – at Boston College – 6 p.m. CT – Chestnut Hill, Mass.
EVANSTON, Ill. – Four Northwestern starters finished in double-figures as the 'Cats rolled to an 80-53 victory over Loyola Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Sophomore guard Karly Roser highlighted the NU victory with a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant led all scorers with 18 points as the Wildcats improve to 5-0 on the season.
Both teams traded baskets through the first five minutes of the opening half, but a pair of 3-pointers from freshman forward Maggie Lyon sparked a 9-0 run to give Northwestern an early 16-8 advantage. Lyon scored eight of NU’s first 10 points.
Freshman forward Lauren Douglas ended a 5-0 Loyola run with a long 3-point basket and followed that up with a fast-break layup to stretch the NU lead back out to eight.
The Wildcats stayed hot, shooting over 50 percent midway through the first half to claim a 23-13 lead.
The 'Cats were strong on the defensive end, holding the Ramblers scoreless for a stretch of 4:58 in the first 20 minutes.
NU used strong shooting by its starting five to go on a 12-0 run and push the advantage to 23 at 44-21 with just under two minutes left in the first half.
Northwestern’s starting lineup accounted for all 44 first half points. Diamant and Roser both reached double-digits before the half. Diamant went into the locker room with 12, while Roser had 10.
Loyola was held to just 9-29 (31 percent) from the floor and was outrebounded by the Wildcats 23-13 through the first half of the game.
The second half began exactly as NU ended the first half. The Wildcats scored six early points off turnovers leading to fast break layups. That was all part of an 11-3 run to open up the second half and give Northwestern a 55-27 lead.
Senior forward Kate Popovec scored the first points off the Wildcat bench with 12:55 remaining in the game to extend the lead to 30 points.
NU was able to clear the bench late in the second half and give playing time to some underclassmen. Freshman forward Christen Johnson scored the first points of her NU career on a layup with 5:27 left.
Northwestern used pressure defense to limit Loyola to just 34.4 percent shooting in the game. The ’Cats also forced the Ramblers into 15 turnovers and held a 43-29 rebounding advantage.
Douglas scored 14 points and Lyon chipped in 12 of her own to lead the Wildcats’ high-scoring attack. Senior forward Kendall Hackney tallied eight points and six rebounds.
NU will go on the road for the first time this season, traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on Boston College Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CT.
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