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    Jan. 2, 1998

    Northwestern Women's Basketball Falls to Michigan, 77-69

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women's basketball team dropped their Big Ten opener, 77-69, to the Michigan Wolverines tonight in Welsh-Ryan Arena

    Northwestern took a 25-23 lead with 7:21 left in the first half before Michigan went on a 19-0 run to take a 42-25 lead.

    Northwestern cut the lead to five at 54-49 with just over 13 minutes to play but never got closer than that in dropping to 4-8, 0-1 Big Ten, on the season. Michigan improves to 10-3, 2-1 in the conference. NU was lead by freshman Dana Leonard's 15 points, including four of six from three point land. Megan Chawansky and Kristina Divjak had 14 apiece. Michigan was led by Pollyanna Johns' 21 points and 14 rebounds. Molly Murray had 15 points and her two three-point field goals tied the Michigan career record. She now has 102. Stacey Thomas had a career-high eight steals.

    Northwestern is in action again this Sun., Jan. 4, when they travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Indiana Hoosiers at 1 p.m. Their next home game is Tue., Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. against the Purdue Boilermakers.