Dec. 31, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Score: Northwestern 82, Chicago State 38
Records: NU (8-5), Chicago State (1-13)
Next NU Event:Thursday, Jan. 3 - at Penn State (University Park, Pa.), 6 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Sophomore point guard Karly Roser posted a career-high-tying 16 points and nine rebounds as Northwestern closed out 2012 and the nonconference portion of its season with an 82-38 victory over Chicago State Monday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
NU showed no signs of rust following the holiday break as it scored the opening 12 points of the contest to storm out to a big early lead.
The Cougars were finally able to get on the board, but freshman Maggie Lyon came off the bench to drill a pair of 3-pointers, giving the Wildcats an 18-6 advantage. It was the first game for the NU freshman since Dec. 2 as she missed the previous five games due to injury.
Chicago State trimmed its deficit to eight, 18-10, but makes from behind the arch by Lauren Douglas and Kendall Hackney were a part of a seven-point run by the 'Cats that extended their advantage to 15.
The guests were within 28-15 with four minutes remaining in the first half before Northwestern closed the stanza on a 10-point run to take a 38-15 advantage at the intermission. Roser led the way with 11 points and seven rebounds over the opening 20 minutes of play. NU limited Chicago State to 19.4 percent shooting (6-31) in the half while forcing 12 turnovers.
The Wildcats quickly put the game out of reach in the second half as they started the period on a 21-6 run to open up a 59-21 lead following Kate Popovec's layup with 11:30 left. The final margin accounted for NU's largest lead of the game.
Roser was joined in double-figure scoring by Douglas (15) and Lyon (10). Freshman forward Christen Johnson had a solid game off the bench, scoring a career-high eight points to go along with a career-best seven rebounds in just 11 minutes.Tierra Williams paced Chicago State with 11 points.
The Wildcats finished with a commanding 57-37 rebounding advantage, paced by 11 boards by Dannielle Diamant.
The 38 points scored by Chicago State were just one off the record for an opponent low in the Joe McKeown era. The Wildcats held Dartmouth to just 37 points on Nov. 12, 2010, which is the least amount of points scored by an NU opponent in the McKeown era.
Northwestern returns to action Thursday when it opens its Big Ten season at No. 10 Penn State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.
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