Dec. 22, 2012
New York Life Holiday Invitational
Site: Hempstead, N.Y. (Mack Sports Complex)
Score: Northwestern 73, Ole Miss 69
Records: NU (7-4), Ole Miss (6-5)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Dec. 23 – at Hofstra – New York Life Holiday Invitational (Hempstead, N.Y.) – Noon CT
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Senior forward Kendall Hackney scored a season-high 26 points, including a key 3-pointer putting Northwestern on top late in the game, as the Wildcats defeated Ole Miss, 73-69, Saturday afternoon. Northwestern trailed by as many as six points late in the game but rallied back for its seventh victory of the season.
Hackney missed only three shots the entire game (11-of-14, 4-of-5 from 3-point range) as her 26 points were a season-high for any Northwestern player. Sophomore guard Karly Roser had her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists while freshman forward Lauren Douglas added 19 points for the Wildcats. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant grabbed a game-high, and career-high-tying 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Alex Cohen was a key contributor off the bench, scoring a season-best nine points and had three blocks.
“It was a hard fought game,” Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown
said. “We pretty much controlled the first half and Ole Miss controlled 15 minutes of the second half and I thought we made plays when we had to. Karly Roser
, I thought finished the game incredibly well and Dannielle (Diamant) and Kendall (Hackney) made big plays for us, which you expect from your seniors. I give Ole Miss a lot of credit. They shot it really well at times and kept us from getting out and running and doing the things that we’re good at."
Ole Miss had three players in double figures, including Amber Singletary who led the Rebels with 18 points. The Rebels scored 10 3-pointers in Saturday’s game.
Northwestern jumped out to an early 10-point lead after Douglas converted an and-one opportunity, putting the score at 13-3. Ole Miss rallied back with a 10-0 run to tie things up at 13-13 but Northwestern did not relinquish the lead in the first half. A Hackney jumper put NU on top 15-13 and Ole Miss tied things up at 15-15, but another Hackney bucket started a 6-0 run, giving the Wildcats the 21-15 lead.
Northwestern managed to extend its lead to double-digits again late in the first frame and led by as many as 12 points after a layup by Roser. Hackney and Douglas combined for 26 first-half points as the Wildcats took the 36-28 lead into halftime.
NU shot 48 percent in the first half while limiting Ole Miss to just 11-of-35 from the field for 31 percent, but five of those field goals were 3-pointers for the Rebels. The Wildcats dominated the Rebels, 20-6, on points in the paint in the first half.
Ole Miss continued to stay hot from long-range in the second and pulled within five points (49-44) after its ninth 3-pointer of the game. The Rebels were down by just one point (51-50) following two free throws by Kenyotta Jenkins and Ole Miss took its first lead of the game at 52-51 after a jumper by Singletary.
The Rebels went ahead six (57-51) with 8:16 remaining but Northwestern stayed close as that would be their largest lead of the game. NU found its range from behind the arc late as Hackney and Diamant drained back-to-back 3’s, putting the Wildcats within one (63-62) with 4:34 to play.
Northwestern then took over the lead for the final time with 2:16 remaining. Cohen drained two free throws, tying the score at 66-66, and Hackney scored her fourth 3-pointer of the game, putting the Wildcats on top 69-66. Douglas then extended the lead to five points (71-66) and Northwestern hung on for the 73-69 victory.
Northwestern shot 48.1 percent from the field while limiting Ole Miss to 34.3 percent. The Wildcats finished with the 34-18 advantage on points in the paint.
NU is back in action tomorrow, playing its second game at the New York Life Holiday Invitational. The Wildcats take on the host team, Hofstra, at noon CT.
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