Dec. 20, 2011
Site: Las Vegas, Nev. (Cox Pavilion)
Score: Northwestern 68, North Dakota State 55
Records: NU (10-2, 0-0 Big Ten), North Dakota State (2-11, 0-0 Summit)
Next NU Event: Dec. 27 -- vs. Toledo (Evanston, Ill.), 6 p.m. CT
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Kendall Hackney turned in another outstanding effort, posting 27 points and seven rebounds as Northwestern defeated North Dakota State in the final game of the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas. Morgan Jones and Karly Roser joined Hackney in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Wildcats finished the event with a 2-1 record to improve their overall mark to 10-2.
After a slow start, Northwestern found its footing, composing a 12-2 run to jump out to a 14-3 lead at the 12-minute mark. The Wildcats spread their point production around as they extended their lead to 26-9 with eight minutes remaining. Meghan McKeown and Alex Cohen both drained threes while Hackney, Roser and Tailor Jones chipped in a bucket during the 14-7 spurt.
The Wildcats shot 47 percent from the field as they took a 37-17 lead into the break. Hackney led NU with 11 points while Roser added eight points, three rebounds and two assists.
North Dakota State opened the second half on a tear, shooting 6-of-9 from the field to outscore NU 13-6 and cut the difference to 13. The Bison slashed NU's lead to 10 several times, surpassing their entire first-half point production in the first eight minutes of the second half. Northwestern, however, continued to come up with buckets when it needed to, disregarding any momentum North Dakota State would attempt to drum up.
After the Bison cut Northwestern's lead to nine, Morgan Jones
dumped in four points to once again extend the lead to double digits. North Dakota drained a three to reset it to a single digit affair with 3:26 remaining. But, Roser read the zone perfectly on the next possession, dumping the ball behind the defense for back-to-back Hackney layups on the next two possessions to put NU in control once and for all.
The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of Welsh-Ryan Arena when they take on Toledo on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Tip is set for 6 p.m.
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