Women’s Basketball: Cats cruise past Stony Brook to move to 6-4


Daily file photo by Katie Pach

Oceana Hamilton attempts a layup. The senior center finished with 5 points in the loss to Nebraska.

Joseph Wilkinson, Sports Editor

Women’s Basketball

Northwestern picked up a much-needed victory Sunday, cruising to an easy 68-36 victory over Stony Brook for its first win in two weeks.

The Wildcats (6-4) were led by freshman guard Lindsey Pulliam, who finished with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Pulliam did most of her damage at the rim, only one of her 15 shots came from behind the arc and she took few of her signature midrange jumpers.

“They weren’t stopping it so just keep going with what’s working,” Pulliam said. “I was just being aggressive offensively, just getting to my spots. My teammates found me going through our offense, so just staying aggressive was key.”

The game was close at the start, with both teams shooting 7-of-15 in the first quarter and NU taking a 14-13 lead.

The Cats pulled away in the second quarter, ripping off a 15-0 run to take a 32-17 lead and never looking back, rolling into halftime up 34-22.

“We were just sticking to the game plan and focusing on what we were doing,” Pulliam said.

NU pressed the advantage in the third quarter, opening up a 51-30 lead at the end of the period thanks to stifling defense. In the third quarter, the Seawolves shot only 23 percent from the field.

The Cats forced 20 turnovers on the game and held Stony Brook to 24 percent shooting. The Seawolves struggled from deep, making only four of their 25 attempts from 3-point range.

“We did a great job of getting back on defense,” coach Joe McKeown said. “In our matchup in the half court we got to their shooters early in the game, so we didn’t allow them to get any confidence or string anything together. That was something important that we stressed all week in practice.”

Crucial to NU’s offensive success was its ability to limit turnovers. While the Cats came into the game averaging 18.3 turnovers per game, they only committed 10 Sunday.

Freshman guard Jordan Hamilton, who handles most of the point guard duties for NU, came in averaging 4.1 turnovers per game but only turned it over once against Stony Brook.

“It has been an issue,” McKeown said. “I just felt like we played under control today. We didn’t get wild. We talked all week about making easy plays instead of great plays. With a young team, it’s a real thin line between the two.”

The Cats are back in action Wednesday when they host DePaul.

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