EVANSTON — Northwestern women’s basketball (7-1) pulled off an easy win over Dartmouth (3-3) Saturday, dominating them 79-37.
Led by a 16 point performance from Lindsey Pulliam, the team’s 79 point total was their highest on the season. Abbie Wolf and Abi Scheid each added 14, and Courtney Shaw put up 11 off the bench.
NU came out fast in the first quarter, taking a solid 20-7 lead behind Wolf’s eight points off of 4-4 shooting and forcing Dartmouth into eight turnovers.
“We just wanted to put the ball in the basket, nothing special...got a lot of assists from my teammates,” Wolf said of her early success.
“They didn’t have anybody that could guard her,” added Shaw.
The ‘Cats didn’t look back in the second, starting the quarter with back-to-back threes from Abi Scheid and Jordan Hamilton, who entered after the first quarter for her first action since November 17th against Duke. NU eventually extended their lead to 43-14 at the half behind an explosive 18-0 run. At one point in the quarter, NU led 36-7.
By the time the first half came to an end, two Wildcats — Pulliam and Wolf — had already scored ten or more points as the Big Green continued to struggle, going on a seven-plus minute scoreless streak between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second.
Dartmouth posted a stronger third quarter, almost matching their first half point total with 12 as they finally managed to put up double digits. Despite this relative offensive explosion, the Big Green were still unable to contain Northwestern’s offensive power, giving up another 19 to the ‘Cats and bringing the total score to 62-26 through three quarters.
Throughout the game, Northwestern’s defense was almost impermeable, forcing 24 turnovers on the game — 16 coming in the first half alone.
“Defensively, we had a really great effort in the first and second quarter and took them out of what they wanted to do,” said head coach Joe McKeown postgame. “We were really locked in defensively on their best players.”
Their strong defense helped lead to easy offense, allowing the ‘Cats to score a whopping 36 points off of turnovers on the game. Sydney Wood led the team in steals, taking the ball away four times.
Northwestern also had a solid day beyond the arc, shooting 6 for 13 from three. The bulk of the deep shots came from Scheid, who led the team with four three-pointers while also amassing four assists.
“She’s a great shooter, and people know that,” said McKeown. “We’ve got to get the ball to her in different places, and we did that today.”
Despite only scoring three points, sophomore guard Veronica Burton had a full stat line on the day, securing four rebounds and seven assists to go along with two blocks and three steals defensively.
As a whole, NU played a dominant game on both sides of the court, with 12 players scoring— four of them notching 11 or more points — and seven players recording steals. Every healthy Wildcat, including walk-on Brooke Pikiell, recorded at least three minutes of action.
Northwestern will hit the court next on Dec. 16 against UT Arlington at Welsh-Ryan Arena.