Kendall Hackney scored a game-high 27 points to lead Northwestern to a 68-55 win over North Dakota State in women's basketball at the BTI Invitational Tuesday, Dec. 20.
The Bison (2-11) struggled from the field in the first half, shooting 22.6 percent (7-31). The Wildcats (10-2) went up by as many as 22 in the first half, ending the first period with a 37-17 lead.
Abby Plucker scored seven points as part of an 11-2 NDSU run to open the second half and cut the Wildcat lead to 11.
Jamie Van Kirk helped fuel the secomeback attempt, scoring 12 of her career-high 18 points in the second half. The Bison came within nine points on two occasions, the first when Van Kirk hit a layup with 5:40 to go and again with 3:26 to go on a Hannah Linz three-pointer.
Hackney took over in the final three minutes, scoring Northwestern's final seven points.
Hackney led three Wildcats in double figures as Morgan Jones scored 12 points and Karly Roser added 10. Van Kirk was NDSU's top scorer with 18, while Plucker and Janae Burich added nine apiece.
The Bison finished the game shooting 36.1 percent (22-61), while Northwestern shot 46.8 percent (29-62).
The Bison return home to take on IPFW Thursday, Dec. 29.