Dec. 29, 2013
||Northwestern 73, Northeastern 46
Tulane/DoubleTree Classic • Devlin Field House • New Orleans
Box Score | Box Score
NEW ORLEANS -- A pair of Wildcats finished with 20-plus points and another grabbed 18 rebounds as Northwestern wrapped up the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 73-46 win over Northeastern Sunday at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic. Freshman guard Christen Inman registered a career-high 27 points, which also is a high for any NU player this season, while sophomore guard Maggie Lyon added a season-high 20 points, including five 3-pointers.
Nia Coffey posted her fifth double-double of the season with a career-high 18 rebounds and 12 points. Her 18 boards are a new single-game high in the Joe McKeown era and the most rebounds for a Wildcat since Patricia Babcock had 18 vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 18, 1995. Coffey’s 18 rebounds also tie for eighth in NU single-game history.
The NU freshman duo of Inman and Coffey helped the Wildcats get out to an early lead over the Huskies. Inman had seven of the team’s first 15 points and nine of the first 20 as the Wildcats went up 20-16. Coffey also contributed with seven early rebounds and two blocks, including one on a Northeastern 3-point attempt.
Northeastern then scored six-straight to take its first lead of the game at 22-20. The Wildcats responded with a run of their own with five points by Inman and a 3-pointer by Coffey to re-take the lead at 27-22 with 3:50 left in the frame. At that point in the game, Inman had 14 of NU’s 27 points, while Coffey had eight of the team’s 15 rebounds.
NU extended its run to 15-0 and eventually took the 35-22 lead into halftime, holding the Huskies scoreless for the final 5:44 of the half. Inman had 16 first-half points, two off of her career-high of 18, while Coffey was close to a double-double in the first with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Northeastern broke its drought early, scoring the first five points of the second half and came within six at 37-31 off a 3-pointer by Kazzidy Stewart. Lyon countered with a 3-pointer of her own, her third of the game, to give NU another nine-point cushion.
Inman then helped extend the lead and recorded a new career-high, scoring a bucket off an in-bounds pass put her at 20 points. On the next NU possession, Lyon grabbed the offensive rebound and added two more with a put-back to give the Wildcats the 15-point lead (49-34), their largest of the game at that point.
Northeastern pulled within 12 with 10:23 remaining and that would be the closest the Huskies would get the rest of the way. Lyon continued to drain 3-pointers with three from long-distance in the second, Inman contributed 11 second-half points while Coffey grabbed eight rebounds in the second frame before fouling out with 4:03 remaining.
Northwestern finished the game shooting 43.6 percent from the field while limiting Northeastern to just 27.1 percent. Lyon drained five of NU’s eight 3-pointers while Coffey had 18 of the team’s 45 boards. NU won the battle on the boards, 45-35.
With the nonconference season in the books, the Wildcats bring a 10-3 record into the 2014 Big Ten season, which tips off Thursday, Jan. 2 in Lincoln, Neb. NU opens the 16-game conference slate against the 18th-ranked Cornhuskers in a game that will air live on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m.CT.
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