Dec. 2, 2012
Final Stats |
Site: Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
Score: DePaul – 89, Northwestern - 61
Records: NU (6-1), DePaul (6-2)
Next NU Event: Friday, Dec. 7 – at Illinois State – 7 p.m.
CHICAGO – Northwestern took on DePaul Sunday afternoon at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago and suffered its first loss of the season as the Blue Demons captured the 89-61 victory. The Wildcats entered Sunday’s game with a perfect 6-0 record and is now 6-1 while DePaul, who is receiving votes in the latest AP and coaches polls, improves to 6-2.
Three Wildcats finished in double figures as freshman forward Maggie Lyon led the way with 15 points and a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds. Senior forward Kendall Hackney scored 14, 12 of which came in the second half, and senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Both teams were unable to score on their first few possessions but sophomore guard Karly Roser tallied the first points of the game with 17:43 left in the opening frame, giving the Wildcats the early lead. The 'Cats kept it close in the early minutes and were within two at 14-12 after a Roser steal and layup. The Blue Demons caught fire shortly after, rattling off a 12-0 run to take the 26-12 lead with 8:25 left in the first.
After converting a season-high nine 3-pointers last game at Boston College, NU did not hit one from long-range until 1:58 left in the first when Lyon drained Northwestern’s lone 3-pointer of the half.
The Blue Demons led by as many as 23 points in the first half, taking the 48-25 lead into halftime. Roser led the way for Northwestern in the first frame, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Freshman forward Lauren Douglas provided a spark for the Wildcats in the second half on both ends of the court. She blocked a shot by Chanise Jenkins, which led to a bucket on the other end for Hackney. Shortly after that, Douglas drove the lane for an easy two and converted the free throw for a 3-point play, putting the score at 60-39 in favor of DePaul.
Douglas scored six of her eight points in the second half and had two blocks, including another that she sent into the bleachers late in the game.
DePaul continued to maintain its lead throughout the second half but the Wildcats kept fighting. Two 3-pointers by Hackney cut the lead to 22 (83-61) with 2:06 to play but that would be the closest Northwestern got the rest of the game as DePaul took the 89-61 victory.
DePaul continued its hot shooting the entire game, finishing 34-of-78 for 44 percent, including 10-of-25 from 3-point range (40 percent). NU finished at 38 percent from the field and converted four 3-pointers.
Northwestern wraps up its three-game road trip Friday, Dec. 7, visiting Illinois State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The Wildcats are then back at Welsh-Ryan Arena that same weekend, hosting Bowling Green at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.
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