Daily record print by Meghan White
January 21, 2013
The second time was a attract for a Wildcats on Sunday, when Northwestern clinched a initial Big Ten feat of a year opposite Illinois.
NU brushed off a 65-47 detriment to Illinois and, in a teams’ second assembly of a season, claimed a 62-58 win over a in-state rival.
“We rubbed their vigour better, done softened decisions, took caring of a basketball better, got softened shots and didn’t rush,” manager Joe McKeown pronounced about his team’s softened play in comparison to a teams’ initial matchup.
The Cats were dynamic to kick a Fighting Illini and focused on tackling Illinois’ defensive strengths via use during a bye week.
Freshman brazen Maggie Lyon explained that NU used with 6 defenders during use in sequence to best impersonate a form of vigour that a Fighting Illini put on them.
“We faced their vigour in a diversion conditions before and knew how crazy it was,” Lyon said. “We knew what to expect.”
Lyon also emphasized a Cats softened ability to stay ease and more efficiently work a offense.
The teams were neck and neck via a diversion that featured 8 ties and 6 opposite lead changes. The Cats, however, were means to measure a final 4 points in a final notation and 31 seconds to sign a victory.
The diversion started out close, though NU rode an 8-0 run into a locker room, putting them adult 25-20.
The Cats came out clever in a second half, though a Fighting Illini eventually took a 32-31 lead with 15 mins left. However, a Cats battled behind and evened a measure during 50 with 7 mins and 24 seconds left.
Illinois rode a considerable giveaway chuck sharpened for a many of a game, receiving a 54-50 lead interjection to 4 giveaway throws. Karisma Penn, a heading scorer and rebounder for a Fighting Illini, fouled out in a final few minutes, and a Cats were means to gain on Illinois’ weakness.
After continued battling, a Cats took a lead with one notation and 32 seconds left after a layup by Lyon. Sophomore brazen Alex Cohen hermetic a feat with dual giveaway throws for a Cats.
“The whole diversion they had been pressuring us,” Lyon said. “We were perplexing to pass out of it and pass to a middle. Near a finish of a diversion there was a lot of vigour on me and a round handler. we only attempted to get around them. The line was open and we wanted to finish to a basket and get a boost for a team.”
McKeown was generally unapproachable of his team’s intrepidity in a final few mins of a game.
Senior brazen Kendall Hackney led a Cats in scoring with 21 points, while Cohen had her initial career double-double with career-highs 12 points and 10 rebounds. Senior brazen Dannielle Diamant combined 13 points, and Lyon chipped in 11 more.
“It was a group effort,” Cohen said. “We’ve been watchful for this win. We indispensable this win. We did a good pursuit entrance in and display that we should have won a initial time.”
While their intrepidity and descent coherence was most softened from prior losses, a Cats still incited over a round 23 times, something McKeown still wants to work on. Still, he pronounced he is unapproachable of their alleviation in a category.
“We’re like ‘The Biggest Loser’, we’re going in a right direction, 34-23,” he said, referencing a Cats’ 34 turnovers in their final matchup opposite a Fighting Illini.NU faces Purdue in a subsequent Big Ten matchup and is assured entrance off of a initial discussion victory.
“This gets us behind on lane and gives us the certainty back,” Lyon said.