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Polar vortex freezes Wildcats in loss to Minnesota

By Ben Friedl
Medill Reports

Despite a fourth quarter surge from Northwestern University women’s basketball and a standout performance by freshman guard Veronica Burton, the Wildcats fell just short against conference rivals Minnesota with a score of 61-54 on Thursday.

As temperatures outside Welsh-Ryan arena eclipsed 0 degrees at tipoff, Northwestern started the indoor game cold. The team was clearly thrown off by Minnesota’s high pressure defense as the Wildcats turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter alone.

“Turnovers forced us into not getting enough possessions and shots,” said Head Coach Joe McKeown. “Our passes weren’t sharp and crisp and we threw some into places I didn’t know existed in Welsh-Ryan.”

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Get Caught Up With Northwestern Women’s Basketball – An Interactive Timeline

By Ben Friedl
Medill Reports

Northwestern Women’s Basketball are in the midst of a bounce-back season. This interactive timeline outlines the team’s highs and lows thus far while also looking forward to an exciting second-half of the season.

To view  Northwestern Women’s Basketball’s upcoming schedule click here.

Photo at top: Northwestern Women’s Basketball Team embraces before a crucial game. (@nuwbb/Twitter)

Pallas gets it done (again) for Northwestern in dominant win

By Ben Friedl
Medill Reports

Senior center Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah once again dominated with an all-encompassing performance Sunday, as her 21 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks led Northwestern Women’s Basketball to a 72-46 victory over conference rivals Wisconsin.

However, Wisconsin was able to limit Pallas’s scoring in the first half thanks to 6-foot senior Marsha Howard and 6-foot-2 freshman Imani Lewis, two players whose strategy is to use their size to their advantage by out-rebounding their opponents.

Wisconsin’s dynamic duo limited Pallas to six points in the first half. Realizing that she needed a new game plan, the 6-foot-2 senior came out of the locker room for the second half with increased intensity.

“I started spreading the floor harder. When I create that open space, it’s easier for my teammates to find me,” Pallas said. Continue reading