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Northwestern women's basketball falls to Iowa

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While many of you may be watching the intrastate battle between the Northwestern and Illinois men's basketball teams, the Northwestern women also played tonight out in Iowa City. The Wildcats fell to 13-3 (3-2 Big Ten) following a 83-70 loss to the No. 21/22 Hawkeyes (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten).

The Wildcats got off to a strong start in the first half, jumping out to a 16-9 lead through just about seven minutes. Northwestern went cold, though, throughout the rest of opening period, finishing the first half shooting just 36.1 percent compared to Iowa's 50 percent.

Despite poor shooting halves from Nia Coffey (1-9 shooting, 4 points) and Ashely Deary (1-5, four points), Northwestern went into the half down just three points: 41-38.

The Hawkeyes exploded out of the gate in the second half, essentially putting the Wildcats away with an 11-0 run to go up 52-38. Iowa never looked back, cruising to victory.

Maggie Lyon and Alex Cohen paced Northwestern with 16 points. Coffey finished with 12 points on 4-22 from the field but also collected 15 rebounds. As a team, the Wildcats shot just 34.7 percent for the game.

Northwestern continues Big Ten play on Saturday at home against Michigan.