Dec. 14, 2013
CHICAGO - Northwestern caught fire from 3-point range Saturday afternoon at Gentile Arena, matching a program record with 13 3-pointers, and took down Loyola 90-57. Four Wildcats scored in double-figures, including a game-high of 17 points off the bench by Lauren Douglas.
Nia Coffey and Maggie Lyon each chipped in 16 points, including four 3-pointers by Lyon, which matched a career-high. Christen Inman also contributed 14 points while Alex Cohen had seven points and 10 rebounds. All 11 available players participated Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats were two points off a scoring record in the McKeown era (92 vs. CMU, Dec. 11, 2010).
NU also distributed the ball well with 26 assists on 31 field goals. Lyon and Ashley Deary led the squad with five assists each while six others had at least two assists.
With Saturday's win, NU improved to 4-0 against Chicago-area schools, also defeating UIC, Chicago State and DePaul during the nonconference portion of its schedule.
Northwestern had its offense clicking early and jumped out to a 16-10 lead while shooting 71.4 percent from the field (5-of-7). The Wildcats also applied full-court pressure on the Ramblers early, forcing them into three turnovers but their hot shooting from 3-point range kept the game close.
NU then gained some separation thanks to a three-point play by Coffey, a 3-pointer by Meghan McKeown, an easy bucket in the paint for Douglas and another 3-pointer from Lyon to cap a 13-0 Wildcats run and give them the 29-13 lead.
Loyola kept hitting its 3-pointers as Bailey Farley drained the team's fifth of the game (out of seven attempts) to put the score at 34-21 with 9:24 left in the first. At that point in the game, Loyola had eight field goals, five of which were from 3-point range.
Northwestern also caught fire from 3-point range as Deary drained two from long-range while Douglas and Inman each added another to put NU over 50 points for the half at 52-25. The Wildcats were also 9-for-12 (75.0 percent) from 3-point range with just over two minutes remaining in the first.
NU also continued to play solid defense, holding Loyola scoreless for the final 3:46 of the half and took the 58-25 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats had their best offensive output in a half this year, shooting 21-of-34 for 61.8 percent from the field. They also were 10-of-14 from 3-point range (71.4 percent). Five Wildcats had two 3-pointers each but one of those players was not Coffey who led the team with 13 points at the break. Lyon started up another double-digit scoring streak with 10 in the first half.
Both teams continued to find success from beyond the arc as Loyola drained two 3's early in the frame while Lyon recorded NU's 11th and 12th 3-pointers of the game. The Wildcats continued to maintain a sizeable lead and the second half provided an opportunity for head coach Joe McKeown to utilize different lineups.
Devon Brookshire and Christen Johnson played valuable minutes in the second half. Brookshire finished with five points, two rebounds and two assists while Johnson added two points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Douglas officially put this game into the record books as she drained the team's 13th 3-pointer of the game, which matched a program record. NU recorded 13 3-pointers twice before, most recently at Minnesota on Jan. 19, 1997. The other time came against UIC on Nov. 23, 1996.
NU finished 31-of-63 (49.2 percent) from the field while limiting Loyola to 20-of-63 (31.7 percent). The Ramblers finished with eight 3-pointers.
Northwestern has a quick turnaround and is back on the court at Welsh-Ryan Arena at 11 a.m. on Monday, hosting Oral Roberts. Monday's game is part of Northwestern's annual Field Trip Day where thousands of Chicago-area elementary school children pack Welsh-Ryan Arena to cheer on the 'Cats.
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