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Wildcats trounce Marquette in home opener

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After nail-biting victories over No. 8 Virginia and No. 5 Duke, it was about time No. 4 Northwestern (3-0) got an easy win.

Kelly Amonte Hiller’s squad did just that Tuesday, cruising to a comfortable 20-5 rout of Marquette at Lake Barrington Field House.

“Top to bottom we did a great job,” Hiller said. “The girls shared the ball well and meshed well on the defensive end. It was a great team effort.”

Northwestern netted the first seven goals of the contest and never eased up, outshooting the Golden Eagles 38-12.

Fifteen different players scored for the Cats in what was their largest victory since a 27-9 blowout of Vanderbilt in April of 2010. Junior Kara Mupo tallied a game-high five points with three goals and two assists.

“When you have seven people out there on offense who can score, that’s a great thing,” Mupo said. “That’s the theme we’re going with this year, trying to get everyone involved.”

The game was played indoors at Lake Barrington because of frigid outside temperatures.

“We’re pretty fortunate to have Barrington but I’m not going to lie, I can’t wait to get back out on Lakeside Field,” Mupo said.

Mupo will have to wait until March 5 when the Wildcats host No. 12 Notre Dame.