Dec. 23, 2012
Box Score: Hofstra 63, Northwestern 54
New York Life Holiday Invitational
Site: Hempstead, N.Y. (Mack Sports Complex)
Score: Hofstra 63, Northwestern 54
Records: NU (7-5), Hofstra (3-7)
Next NU Event: Monday, Dec. 31 – vs. Chicago State – 3 p.m. – Welsh-Ryan Arena
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Three Wildcats finished in double figures and freshman forward Lauren Douglas recorded six blocks but Northwestern was unable to overcome Hofstra in the finale of the New York Life Holiday Invitational as the Pride captured the 63-54 victory.
Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant led Northwestern with 16 points and eight rebounds, sophomore guard Karly Roser added 14 points and senior forward Kendall Hackney scored 10. Douglas had an impressive stat line, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds and six blocks, which is a high for any NU player this season.
Hackney and Douglas were named to the New York Life Holiday Invitational All-Tournament Team as the ’Cats went 1-1 on the weekend.
Both teams combined for eight turnovers early on (five for NU, three for Hofstra) but neither team was able to take advantage of the miscues as Hofstra had the slim 6-4 margin five minutes in. The Pride started to gain separation and went on a 10-0 run to take the 16-6 lead with 12:13 left in the first.
The Wildcats struggled to find their shot and were without a field goal for seven minutes in the first frame. Hackney drained a jumper at the 10:46 mark, putting NU within nine (18-9) but relied on free throws until NU’s next bucket at 3:44.
Hofstra led by as many as 14 in the first half but NU pulled within eight points as Hofstra took the 31-23 lead into halftime. Hackney paced NU with nine points in the first frame but the Wildcats finished just 8-of-24 for 33 percent from the field.
Northwestern had nine blocks in the first half, five of which came from Douglas. She also grabbed five rebounds.
NU continued to chip away at the Hofstra lead to start the second half and trailed by just five (38-33) after a Diamant 3-pointer, which was the lone 3-pointer of the game for the Wildcats. Douglas swatted her sixth shot on the ensuing Hofstra possession but the ’Cats were unable to capitalize on the offensive end. The Pride continued to maintain at least a five-point cushion until the 7:42 mark when sophomore forward Alex Cohen scored off a put-back, cutting Hofstra’s lead to just four at 45-41.
Douglas once again stepped up on the defensive end, this time with a steal, which led to a Hofstra foul. Douglas drained both free throws and NU found itself down just two points (45-43) with 7:18 to play and then tied things up (45-45) after a jumper by Diamant.
Hofstra scored on its next possession but another Diamant bucket kept things even at 47-47. The Wildcats were unable to take over the lead as the Pride drained a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down on their next possession and that began a 10-0 run, giving Hofstra the 57-47 lead with 3:15 remaining.
The Wildcats cut the lead to eight, but that would be the closest they would get the rest of the way as Hofstra took the 63-54 victory.
Northwestern shot 34.7 percent from the field while Hofstra was 37.9 percent from the field. Tournament MVP Shante Evans from Hofstra had a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds to go along with four steals and two blocks.
Northwestern wraps up the nonconference portion of its schedule on New Year’s Even when Chicago State visits Evanston. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Monday, Dec. 31.
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