Feb. 15, 1998
Wildcat Women's Hoops Fall in Overtime at Michigan
Divjak Scores Game-High 27 Points
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Kristina Divjak notched a game-high 27 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while the Wildcats erased a 12-point second half deficit before falling to Michigan on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor, 70-64. NU drops to 9-19, 3-12 Big Ten. UM improves to 17-7, 9-5 Big Ten.
The Wolverines led most of the game, controlling the offensive glass. UM had 11 offensive boards in the first half, but shot just 38 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, taking a 34-27 lead into the locker room. With the 'Cats trailing 47-37 with 13:33 remaining, NU began its comeback on a three-pointer by Divjak. Divjak would hit four three-pointers over the next five minutes to eventually give NU its first lead of the game at 55-54 with 6:50 left in regulation. With the game tied at 62-62, Megan Chawansky was called for an intentional foul with 16 seconds remaining on the clock. Ann Lemire missed both free throws, and the Wildcats' defense stifled the Wolverines to send the game into overtime.
Neither team was able to muster much offense in the extra period, with each team hitting just one field goal. Michigan, however, hit 6-of-10 free throws in the overtime to take the 70-64 victory.
Divjak led the 'Cats with 27 points and eight boards, her third-straight 20-point game. Chawansky scored 21 and dished four assists, while defensively holding UM's Lemire to just 3-of-10 shooting. Pollyanna Johns led Michigan with 21 points and 15 rebounds. UM held a 53-41 rebounding edge, 26 of which came on the offensive end.
The Wildcats, with Minnesota's loss to Indiana on Sunday, have clinched the No. 10 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Postseason Tournament at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. NU will play the tournament's No. 7 seed at 6 p.m. EST on Fri., Feb. 27. Potential first-round opponents for NU in the tournament, with current Big Ten records, are Penn State or Wisconsin (7-7, tied 6th place), Ohio State (6-8, 8th place) and Michigan State (5-9, 9th place).