Dec. 1, 2013
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EVANSTON, Ill. - In a battle of two Chicago-area women's basketball teams, Northwestern utilized a strong offensive performance to upset No. 25 DePaul, 82-79 Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. A game that featured 13 ties and 12 lead changes, Northwestern broke the final tie (79-79) in the last 30 seconds by scoring the final three points of the game to secure the win. Sunday's game was the fifth annual Autism Awareness Game for the Wildcats and more than 1,200 fans in attendance saw a Northwestern victory.
DePaul was the second top-25 opponent of the young season for the Wildcats as the Blue Demons entered the game ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Polls. Four Wildcats scored in double-digits, including a career-high of 26 points (8-11 from the field, 4-4 from 3-point range) for sophomore Lauren Douglas, who came off the bench.
Freshman Nia Coffey recorded her fourth double-double in seven games with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Christen Inman added 13 points and made some key shots down the stretch while sophomore Maggie Lyon extended her double-digit scoring streak to seven games with 10 points. Freshman point guard Ashley Deary matched her career-high with nine assists.
The Wildcats started off the game with a 16-2 run with DePaul's only points coming from the free throw line. The visiting team struggled for most of the half, shooting less than 20 percent from the field for the first 11 minutes. A 3-pointer from DePaul's Megan Podkowa at 13:01 sent the Blue Demons on a run that closed the 15-point gap and pulled them ahead. Northwestern went into halftime trailing DePaul 36-30.
Douglas finished the half going 4-of-5 from the field, 3-of-3 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 in free throw attempts. Coffey was close behind pouring in seven points and four rebounds of her own.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle that featured 10 ties and nine lead changes. With 30 seconds remaining, junior Alex Cohen grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the put-back to put the score at 79-79. DePaul was whistled for the foul and Cohen sunk the free throw to give NU the lead for good. Ashley Deary and Inman each made free throws down the stretch and secured NU's first victory of the year over a top-25 opponent.
Northwestern had its best offensive performance of the year, shooting 48.4 percent from the field while DePaul was held to 38.8 percent. DePaul's Megan Rogowski led the squad with 23 points, including six 3-pointers.
The Wildcats are back at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday, Dec. 5, when North Carolina State visits for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.
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