For the second time in two days, a Northwestern basketball team destroyed another Chicago school at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Northwestern (8-1) was never really challenged after the second quarter and coasted to a 75-42 win over the Chicago State Cougars (0-8).
Nia Coffey led the team with 14 points in 22 minutes. She also notched yet another double-double, adding to her case for the Wade Award. Fellow senior Ashley Deary picked up 12 points of her own and added 5 assists.
Northwestern got off to a good start, opening a 6-1 lead after two minutes of play. Ashley Deary scored 4 points in the first quarter and Northwestern opened up a 17-11 lead. However, Chicago State battled back early in the second quarter, tying the game at 17-17. But Northwestern flicked the switch and went on a 15-0 run that put the game out of reach for the shorthanded Cougars, who were limited to just seven available players. At halftime, the score was 36-21.
Chicago State would score just 21 more points in the second half as Northwestern refused to relent. Head coach Joe McKeown was able to give his battle-tested seniors some rest, as Coffey, Inman and Deary all totaled fewer than 22 minutes. Northwestern’s bench played for the final quarter and was led by sophomore Jordan Hankins, who scored 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting.
Northwestern’s next matchup should be considerably more difficult as the team heads on the road to play Milwaukee on December 11.