Dec. 19, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Beth Marshall (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) picked up where she left off last game, knocking down a three-pointer just 17 ticks into the affair, and the Wildcats never looked back, defeating Chicago State 85-64 Saturday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. With the victory, Northwestern improves to 9-2, 1-0 on the season.
Amy Jaeschke (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) poured in a season-high 29 points and four blocks while Brittany Orban (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) also contributed a season-best 20 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Jaeschke connected on an outstanding 12-of-14 (86 percent) from the field including a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. It was the first time since Jan. 18, 2006, that two Wildcats scored 20 or more points in a game.
The Wildcats dominated from the first whistle, overwhelming the Cougars, 17-3, through the first 5:43. Chicago State cut NU's lead to six, 17-11, mid-way through the frame, but the Wildcats composed a 12-4 run over the next five minutes to take a 29-16 lead.
A jumper by Natalie Marlowe cut Northwestern's lead to single digits, but a triple in the corner from Orban once again inflated the Wildcat lead to 12 with 3:42 remaining. NU outscored Chicago State 8-5 to end the half and take a 42-25 lead into the locker room.
Jaeschke led all scorers with 18 points at the break while Orban turned in an outstanding 20-minute performance with 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Wildcats shot 51 percent from the field, while restricting the Cougars to just nine field goals and a 30 percent shooting performance.
Northwestern outscored Chicago State 7-3 to start the second half and went on to shoot 63 percent from the field, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc, to seal the victory. The Wildcats' 63 percent effort from the field is the highest field goal percentage of a half this season.
(Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and Marshall combined for 13 of NU's season-high 24 assists. Cartwright also recorded a season-high five steals.
Northwestern is next in action on Tuesday, Dec. 22 when it battles another Chicagoland foe, Loyola. Tip is set for 1 p.m. from Welsh-Ryan Arena.