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    Field Trip Day Crowd Helps 'Cats Beat ORU, 84-54

    Dec. 16, 2013

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    Northwestern Northwestern 84, Oral Roberts 54
    Welsh-Ryan Arena • Evanston, Ill. • Field Trip Day
    Attendance: 5,271

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- With more than 5,000 local elementary school children in attendance for Field Trip Day at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Wildcats fed off the crowd and took down Oral Roberts 84-54 Monday afternoon. The official attendance for Monday's game was 5,271, making it the largest attendance for an NU Field Trip Day in program history.

    "The crowd was great, it really got us going," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "It was a really fun atmosphere and the crowd gave us a lift, which helped us get off to a good start."

    Not only did the 5,000+ fans get to see a Wildcat victory, but there was an educational component to Monday afternoon. Each student that attended the game, received a free activity book, which contained various math, reading and geography questions relating to Northwestern. For some of the fans in attendance, Field Trip Day provided their first opportunity to visit a college campus and attend a collegiate athletic event.

    Additionally, prior to Monday's game, visiting schools participated in an essay contest with the winning class earning a trip to the Wildcats' locker room after the game. Congratulations to Hoffman School in Glenview for winning this year's contest!

    After scoring 90 points Saturday with a program-record 13 3-pointers at Loyola, NU had another offensive outburst, shooting 30-62 (48.4 percent) from the field, and 10-of-19 from 3-point range. Five of NU's 10 3-pointers came from the hot hand of sophomore guard Maggie Lyon, who set a new career high. Three Wildcats finished in double figures, including 17 each for freshman forward Christen Inman and Lyon. Junior forward Alex Cohen contributed 10 points.

    Sophomore forward Lauren Douglas also chipped in nine points while senior guard Meghan McKeown had a career-high nine points on 3-of-5 from long distance. The Wildcats once again distributed the ball well with 22 assists on 30 field goals, including a game-high of six assists by freshman guard Ashley Deary and five from Inman.

    The Wildcats controlled the game right from the tip and jumped out to a 9-0 lead just over two minutes into the game and Oral Roberts did not score its first points until the 16:20 mark. NU continued to build its lead and jumped ahead of the Golden Eagles by as many as 22 points in the first half.

    After Saturday's offensive production, Northwestern picked up right where it left off in the first half Monday, going 4-of-8 from long distance. Lyon, who had four 3's on Saturday, drained three from long distance in the opening frame. Lyon and Inman each had 11 in the first half to lead the Wildcats in scoring. Inman also added a team-high four assists and had two steals in the frame.

    As a team, NU went 14-of-29 from the field for 48.3 percent while ORU was limited to just 28.6 percent on 8-of-28 from the field.

    Lyon opened up the scoring in the second half with her fourth 3-pointer and added another before the end of the game. The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Golden Eagles and led by as many as 33 points before putting the final score at 84-54 in favor of NU.

    Oral Roberts had one player in double-figures as Christian Key led her squad with 15 points. The Golden Eagles finished 17-of-54 from the field for 31.5 percent.

    The Wildcats have one more home game before taking a break for the holidays. NU is back at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, Dec. 21, hosting IUPUI at noon.


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