Nov. 28, 2012
Site: Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
Score:Northwestern 67, Boston College 63
Records: NU (6-0), Boston College (4-3)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Dec. 2 – at DePaul – 4 p.m. - Chicago
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Northwestern used a 10-0 run down the stretch and a season-high nine 3-pointers to come back for a 67-63 victory over Boston College in the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday night at the Conte Forum. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half and seven in the second, but outscored the Eagles 13-5 in the final 3:49 of the game to take the victory and improve to a perfect 6-0 on the season.
Freshman forward Lauren Douglas
led the way for the Wildcats, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Fellow freshman forward Maggie Lyon
added 16 points, including four of Northwestern’s nine 3-pointers. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant
chipped in 14 points, including 9-of-11 from the free throw line.
Boston College began the game playing zone defense, forcing the Wildcats into outside shots. Northwestern went 2-of-4 from 3-point range on its first four possessions and Douglas converted a three-point play to give the ‘Cats an early 9-6 lead. The Eagles then found their offensive rhythm, going on a 19-4 run to take the 25-13 lead, their largest of the game, with 10:24 left in the first.
Northwestern started to chip away at the Boston College lead and pulled within six (32-26) after a Kendall Hackney jumper with 3:48 remaining in the frame and then within three points (32-29) off a Lyon 3-pointer. BC converted two free throws to extend its lead to five, but Hackney drained NU’s seventh 3-pointer of the half just before the break, cutting BC’s lead to just two at 34-32 going into halftime.
Boston College was without a field goal for the final 5:46 of the first half as NU went on an 11-2 run during that span. The Wildcats finished 11-of-29 (37.9 percent) from the field in the first half, with seven of those buckets coming from 3-point range (7-of-16; 43.8 percent). BC on the other hand went 11-of-21 from the field for 52.4 percent.
The second half started similar to the first with the Eagles outscoring the Wildcats 7-0 to open the frame to extend their lead to nine (41-32). Once again, Northwestern continued to chip away at the lead and found itself within four points (46-42) with 12:23 remaining. Dannielle Diamant converted two free throws, putting the ’Cats within six and then Lyon drew a charge on the defensive end, giving the ball back to NU. The Wildcats were unable to convert but Douglas scored an easy two in the paint on their next possession, putting NU within four.
The Wildcats continued to hang around and found themselves within one point twice down the stretch before taking over the lead at 59-58 with 2:26 remaining. Another Lyon 3-pointer, her fourth of the game, put the score at 58-57 in favor of the Eagles and Roser converted a three-point play, giving Northwestern its first lead since early in the game at 60-58.
Lyon then extended the Wildcats’ lead to four (62-58) and Diamant converted 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch, giving Northwestern the 67-63 victory. The Eagles struggled offensively down the stretch, going more than three minutes without a field goal as the Wildcats re-took the lead.
Northwestern shot 38.2 percent from the field (21-of-55) and 39.1 percent from 3-point range (9-of-23). Boston College finished 22-of-48 for 45.8 percent.
The Wildcats continue their three-game road trip Sunday, playing close to home against crosstown rival DePaul. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. on the Blue Demons’ home court in Chicago.
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