Dec. 17, 2009
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Beth Marshall (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) exploded for a career-best 24 points on 8-of-10 from three-point land to lead Northwestern to a 67-55 victory over SEC rival Arkansas Thursday in front of a season-high 4,189 fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Amy Jaeschke (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) chipped in 16 points while Kristin Cartwright (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) dished out a career-best nine assists. With the victory -- NU's eighth of the season -- the Wildcats (8-2, 1-0) have now surpassed their win total from all of last season. It is NU's best start since the 1995-96 campaign.
Marshall's eight three-pointers eclipsed several Northwestern and Big Ten records. She now tops NU's single-game three-pointers made list and is tied for sixth in the Wildcats' all-time single game three-point percentage list (80 percent with a min. 4 made per game). On the conference level, her eight three-point makes were the most by any Big Ten player this season and registers sixth on the all-time single-game three pointers made chart. The last time a Big Ten player made eight triples in a game was in 2006.
Arkansas' full-court pressure was a factor early and resulted in a 7-2 lead for the Razorbacks, but a lay up by Jaeschke and a triple by Marshall quickly pulled the Wildcats back into the game. A 15-footer by Jaeschke with 16:03 remaining in the half notched the game at seven. Two more points from both squads once again deadlocked the contest, this time at nine.
Then Marshall found her zone. The guard rattled off four triples over the next two and a half minutes to spearhead a 14-4 run and give the Wildcats a 23-15 advantage with 11:16 on the clock. Northwestern took the momentum and continued to pile on the points outscoring Arkansas 19-8 over the final 8:40 to take a commanding 43-23 lead into intermission.
Marshall led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-6 from long range, while Jaeschke added 10 on a 5-of-8 effort. Northwestern shot a season-high 56 percent from the field in the stanza.
Marshall's seventh three-pointer of the day matched Northwestern's its largest lead of the game--a 20-point gap. The Wildcats kept Arkansas at arms length the rest of the half, never allowing the difference to drop below nine points. Northwestern shot 72 percent from the free-throw line (8-of-11) in the second half to solidify the victory.
Freshman Dannielle Diamant (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) and Jaeschke led the way on the glass with a game-high eight boards. Jaeschke also added four blocks and three assists. Brittany Orban (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) turned in a solid performance with nine points, three assists and one steal.
As a team, the Wildcats shot 45.3 percent from the field while holding Arkansas to just 32 percent, including a horrendous 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) from three-point range.
The Wildcats are next in action on Saturday, Nov. 19 when they battle Chicago State in a 4 p.m. contest at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The game is preceded by NU's men's game against Stanford, which is slated to tip at 1 p.m.
Thursday's game will be re-aired on the Big Ten Network tomorrow (12/18) at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.