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    Sycamores Sink Last-Second 3-Pointer to Edge NU, 70-67

    Dec. 28, 2013

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    Northwestern Indiana State 70, Northwestern 67
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    NEW ORLEANS -- It came down to the final seconds Saturday afternoon at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic but Indiana State sunk the last shot to take the narrow, 70-67 win over Northwestern. Lauren Douglas drained a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to tie things up at 67-67, the 13th tie of the game, but Indiana State’s Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir drained another from long-distance to give the Sycamores the win. Douglas had one final effort for the Wildcats but her half-court shot at the buzzer missed.

    It was a tight battle all afternoon with 10 of the game's 13 ties coming in the second half. Three Wildcats finished in double figures with Maggie Lyon leading the way, scoring 17 points. Nia Coffey added 12 while Alex Cohen had a season-best 11 points. As a team, NU shot 52.0 percent from the field (26-of-50).

    Northwestern got out to a strong start, shutting out Indiana State, 7-0 in the early stages of the game. The Sycamores scored their first bucket at the 16:09 mark and then went on a run of their own to take the 8-7 lead. That lead did not last long as Coffey went coast-to-coast to put NU back on top 9-8. On the next possession, Lyon forced an Indiana State turnover which led to an easy bucket for Ashley Deary and Douglas added two more.

    The Wildcats continued to maintain a small lead over the Sycamores before a 3-pointer by Lashonda Littleton put Indiana State back on top 20-19 with 6:24 to play in the first. NU tied the game at 21-21, at 23-23 and again at 29-29 after Lyon’s third 3-pointer of the game but Indiana State scored the final bucket of the half to take the narrow 31-29 lead into the break.

    Lyon led NU in the first frame with nine points, all coming from 3-point range, and five rebounds. As a team, NU was 11-of-25 from the field for 44.0 percent while Indiana State finished the opening half at 38.9 percent (14-for-36).

    Cohen got things started for the Wildcats in the second half with two in the paint to tie things up at 31-31. NU would tie Indiana State twice more in the opening minutes before the Sycamores went up five at 39-34 and 41-36.

    The Wildcats clawed their way back in and went on a 6-0 run, capped off by an offensive rebound and second-chance bucket by Deary to put them back on top 42-41. ISU drained a 3-pointer on the other end to re-gain the lead but NU once again tied things up at 44-44 thanks to two in the paint by Lyon off an in-bounds pass. Lyon’s bucket came after the NU defense forced Indiana State into back-to-back shot clock violations.

    While the Wildcats kept tying the game up in the second half, Indiana State continued to re-gain the lead until the 5:37 mark when NU broke a 54-54 tie thanks to another jumper by Lyon. An ISU turnover on the other end led to an easy bucket for Christen Inman to put the Wildcats up four and the Wildcats eventually led by five (62-57) with 3:13 to play.

    Indiana State erased the deficit with an 8-0 run to go up 65-62 with 1:36 remaining. Deary converted two free throws, putting the Wildcats within a point with just 24 seconds showing. In a frantic final countdown, ISU scored a layup to go ahead 67-64 and then Deary found Douglas for the 3-pointer from the corner with nine seconds left. Not wanting to go to overtime, Abdul-Qaadir sent up a 3-pointer from the top of the key that bounced in to give Indiana State the win.

    Northwestern now faces Northeastern at 1 p.m. tomorrow for the Wildcats’ final nonconference game and final game of the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic.

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