After a finals week hiatus, Northwestern (6-3) bounced back from a three game skid in style, demolishing Chicago State (0-10) on field trip day in Welsh-Ryan.
Drawing ever closer to full strength, the Wildcats used a comprehensive effort to blow out the Cougars in front of the thousands of screaming children. Lindsey Pulliam, Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Sydney Wood, Veronica Burton, Abbie Wolf, and Amber Jamison each scored in double figures. Lauryn Satterwhite, debuting after missing all of last season and the start of this one with a leg injury, recorded her first two baskets. Even little-used Brooke Pikiell got in on the scoring.
The final truly doesn’t even tell the full story of this one. Northwestern started a bit slowly, leading 14-10 midway through the first quarter. Then they finished the half on a 40-8 run. That was quickly followed up with a 34-6 run. All told, over approximately the middle thirty minutes of the game, the Wildcats outscored their competition 74-14.
Northwestern also finished with 22 steals, a team-high in the McKeown era. Kunaiyi-Akpanah led the way with five to go along with four blocks, while Burton matched her and recorded four assists.
Suffice it to say, Northwestern dominated this one. After a tough home loss to Pittsburgh and then two hard-fought defeats at the hands of top-20 Big East foes, each coming with the team severely depleted, the laugher comes at a good time. Only starting guard Jordan Hamilton remains on the injury list as the team winds down non-conference play.
Next, Northwestern heads to Las Vegas, where they will face Wichita State Wednesday and either Kansas or Washington State on Thursday as a part of the Duel in the Desert.