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Northwestern drops weekend games

by Callie Counsellor (@CCounsellor)

The weekend was not kind to Northwestern. After winning their first six games of the season, the Wildcats have now lost three straight, including one on Friday against Illinois State and one on Sunday against Bowling Green.

Northwestern’s 64-46 defeat to Illinois State (5-3) came about largely because of poor shooting. The defense held the Redbirds to 35 percent from the field, but the Wildcats only managed to hit 19-of-68 shots. The 28 percent shooting average was their lowest of the season to that point, as was the 46 points.

Senior Kendall Hackney led the Cats with 19 points. The team’s third leading scorer for the season, freshman Maggie Lyon did not play because of injury. Senior Dannielle Diamant, the leading rebounder, went down less than two minutes into the game and did not return.

NU kept close at half, 30-25, but never closed the gap and Illinois State started to pull away midway through the second period. The Cats hit only 23 percent of their shots after halftime.

NU returned home, hoping the end the two-game slide, but they ran into a Bowling Green team coming off two consecutive 20+ point wins. The Falcons dropped the Cats, 60-37.

NU (6-3) lost for the first time at home this season and set a new low for points scored. They barely outperformed their offensive performance against Illinois State, shooting 29 percent on 14-of-48 from the field.

The Cats once again played without Lyon and Diamant, as well as their most valuable bench player, senior forward Kate Popovec.

Hackney led the team again with 15 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds as well.

Bowling Green rushed out to an 11-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and NU never came within nine after that point. The Cats did not hit their first shot until 11 minutes had passed, shooting 0-for-11 to start the game, and they turned the ball over eight times before they made a shot.

Hackney went 5-5 to start the second half but the Falcons began to pull away with 12 minutes left in the game, hitting 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch while the Cats did not attempt any.

NU will take a break until next Monday, December 17 when they welcome No. 11 California (7-1), whose only loss of the season came at the hands of No. 4 Duke.