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    Women's Hoops Wins Big Ten Opener over Indiana

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Leslie Schock scored<br>a career-high 25 in<br>victory over Indiana.
    Leslie Schock scored
    a career-high 25 in
    victory over Indiana.

    December 30, 1998

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior guard Megan Chawansky (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) hit a 4 ft. pullup jumper on the right baseline with five seconds remaining in the game to lift Northwestern to a 68-66 victory over Indiana in the Big Ten opener for the Wildcats.

    The 'Cats were carried in the first half by junior forward Leslie Schock (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) who scored 22 of her career-high 25 points in leading NU to a 41-31 halftime cushion.

    The Hoosiers (11-5, 0-2) fought back and took their first lead (57-56) of the game at the 7:54 mark of the second half on a Kristi Green jumper. From that point on, the two teams were knotted up four times, the last at 66-66 when Indiana's Cindy Kerns made two free throws with 48 seconds remaining. NU called a timeout and designed the play for Chawansky.

    Schock set a screen for Chawansky on the right wing. She dribbled off the screen down to the baseline, pulled up and nailed what proved to be the game-winning basket. Indiana had one last shot attempt in the closing seconds, but Dani Thrush's desperation runner rimmed out.

    Chawansky finished with nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore center Tami Sears (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) provided a boost for the Wildcats in the second half. She ended up with 14 points and eight boards.

    NU outrebounded Indiana, 43-31. The Wildcats shot 49.1 percent for the game, while the Hoosiers shot 38.5 percent from the field. Northwestern (6-4, 1-0) will next be in action on Jan. 1, 1999 at UW-Milwaukee. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.