Rapid Reaction: Northwestern uses late first half surge to bury Georgia 78-62 in Legends Classic

NEWARK, New Jersey — Northwestern (5-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season Tuesday evening, beating Georgia (2-4) 78-62 in the Third Place Game of the Legends Classic. In an affair that featured stretches of uninspiring play from both sides, the Wildcats lived and died by the three-ball. They hit nearly 50 percent of their attempts (8-of-17) in the first half but made just one from deep after the break and had to ward off a UGA comeback attempt. In a balanced offensive attack, Boo

Farewell and thank you from a most unforgettable year

Former editor-in-chief Noah Coffman said one year ago in his farewell post: “Of all the years to be the Inside NU editor-in-chief, I sure picked a doozy.” Yep, he got the doozy. He got one of the worst Power 5 offenses in modern history; we got a pandemic. I guess it all evens out, right? After 12 months that felt more like 10 years, it is time for a peaceful transfer of power. I can assure you there will be no insurrection at the McCormick Foundation Center — that place during COVID is more

A farewell mailbag from the editors-in-chief

It is time to turn over editorial boards. After a year in charge, Eli and Lia will step down from their posts as editors-in-chief (look out for their farewell posts later today). Before they’re done, though, they give their thoughts in one last mailbag. @Daniel_Rapaport: What is the current temperature of Chris Collins’ seat, and what would it take for him to get fired? Lia: Not as hot as it should be, in my opinion, but I think Miller Kopp transferring was a huge blow to what Collins has atte

Lindsey Pulliam declares for WNBA Draft

It’s official. Northwestern women’s basketball senior guard Lindsey Pulliam declared for the WNBA Draft Thursday, per her Twitter page. Pulliam was one of the program’s most prolific scorers, and she sits in third in the all-time record books behind Anucha Browne and Nia Coffey. She reached 2,000 career points with a 25-point performance in NU’s 62-51 win over UCF in the NCAA Tournament First Round. For the last four years, the Wildcats’ offense has revolved around Pulliam and her workhorse ju

Rapid Reaction: Northwestern fades after hot start, outlasted by Louisville 62-53 in Round of 32

Trying to advance to its first Sweet Sixteen in program history, Northwestern women’s basketball (16-9, 11-7 Big Ten) fell to 2-seed Louisville (25-3, 16-3 ACC) in a 62-53 nail-biter. The 7-seed Wildcats’ Blizzard defense stifled Louisville in the opening 20 minutes, but after jumping out to a large early lead, their offense slowed down as the Cardinals made adjustments to advance from the Round of 32. After a 25-point outing against UCF on Monday, Lindsey Pulliam scored just four points on 1-

Pulliam meets the moment, powers Northwestern to first NCAA Tournament win in 28 years

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two-thousand twenty-one points later, Lindsey Pulliam won her first NCAA Tournament game. The senior guard put on a vintage display of confidence Monday to score 25 points and lift Northwestern (16-8, 11-7 Big Ten) over Central Florida (16-4, 11-2 AAC) 62-51 in the First Round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament while becoming just the third player in program history to cross the 2,000-point mark. Confidence is nothing new for the player head coach Joe McKeown affectionately ni

Q&A: Women’s basketball first-years Anna Morris and Paige Mott dish on an unusual entrance to college

Northwestern is in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament bubble in San Antonio as it plays in the Big Dance for the first time in six years. It’s an abnormal setup for the tournament, and it has been anything but a normal year for college athletes, especially for first-years who arrived on campus amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Inside NU caught up with first-year forwards Anna Morris and Paige Mott to hear about their experiences this season. Inside NU: How has it been settling into Northwest

Selection Monday press conference takeaways

The Wildcats are dancing. It’s been six years since Northwestern women’s basketball played in the NCAA Tournament, and after being projected to be a top-four seed in the 2020 event that was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is finally locked in to a tourney berth. NU earned the 7-seed in the Alamo Region and will face 10-seed UCF in the First Round. A win would likely set up a meeting with 2-seed Louisville. Following the selection show, head coach Joe McKeown, senior guard Lindsey P

Northwestern’s formula for success on display in Big Ten Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Northwestern got what its head coach Joe McKeown called “a kick in the teeth” from No. 7 Maryland in Friday’s 85-52 loss in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal. The fifth-seeded Wildcats, coming off an impressive 65-49 upset of fourth-seed and nationally ranked Michigan in the quarterfinals, looked overmatched from the outset. They quickly fell down 7-0 and could never get on level ground with the top-seeded Terrapins. Senior guard Jordan Hamilton’s second three-pointer of

Northwestern’s season ends on a familiar chord in ugly loss to Minnesota

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — It looked for a moment like Northwestern’s winning streak would reach four games. Riding three straight gritty victories, the Wildcats slugged their way from an early 16-2 deficit to lead shorthanded Minnesota 46-39 with 3:58 left in a game marred by poor shooting. NU did not score again, and the Gophers, powered by star guard Marcus Carr’s seven points, closed the game on a 12-0 run to knock the Wildcats out of the Big Ten Tournament in the first round. It’s hard to ju

Northwestern’s fight is evident as it picks up second straight win

EVANSTON, Illinois — Northwestern has three winning streaks and just one losing streak this season. That winless stretch just happened to span 13 games. When it seemed like the losses would never stop mounting, the Wildcats finally won at Minnesota last Thursday. Then came the follow-up act. Winning two straight in the Big Ten? Not easy for them. They won three in a row in December but hadn’t won consecutive conference games before then since January 2019. But the 67-59 victory in Minneapolis

MAILBAG: Turn of the month

As February ends and a week full of 40-degree days in Evanston signals a March to summer, it’s time for a mailbag. Basketball is drawing to a close, with the Northwestern men on Thursday picking up their first win in 14 tries, while the women are well-positioned to make the NCAA Tournament but have plenty of things to iron out. And of course, there’s never no football talk. Bob Fan: Will Hunter Johnson start another game the rest of his career at NU? Eli: This is quite the thought experiment,

Northwestern and Michigan establish new rivalry trophy

Northwestern and Michigan established a rivalry game trophy, named for George Jewett, the first African-American player in FBS history, the two schools announced Thursday. Jewett attended both schools and was the first Black football player in Big Ten history. The Ann Arbor native attended UM in 1890 and 1892, where he played fullback, halfback and kicker. In addition, Jewett played baseball and ran track. He finished his medical degree at NU and played two seasons of football for the Wildcats

Second halves have become a problem for Northwestern women’s basketball

EVANSTON, Illinois — No. 24 Northwestern forces an average of 21.1 turnovers per game, which ranks 11th in the nation, and scores an average of 24 points off of them. Northwestern’s average turnover margin of +9.1 ranks second nationally. The Wildcats destroyed Nebraska 28-4 in the turnover margin on Wednesday night and scored 26 points from said takeaways. Yet the Huskers (10-9, 8-7 Big Ten) completed the season sweep of NU (11-5, 9-5) with a strong second half in a 71-64 victory. Since 2015,

Three takeaways from Northwestern’s 64-50 loss to Rutgers

Northwestern (6-12, 3-11 B1G) dropped its 11th straight game on Saturday, falling 64-50 to Rutgers. The Wildcats started strong and got out to a 14-4 advantage in the first half but struggled to produce offensively as the Scarlet Knights wore them down. NU shot just 33% as a team. It has bit hit emotionally in the past week with the death of the father of first-year guard Ty Berry and a heartbreaking double-overtime defeat to Indiana on Wednesday. Here are three takeaways from the loss in Piscat

Women’s basketball: Northwestern’s game against Ohio State postponed

No. 21 Northwestern’s game against No. 12 Ohio State has been postponed due to health and safety concerns, according to a release from both teams. The ranked matchup was scheduled to tip Sunday at noon CT. There was a presumptive positive test in the pre-game testing window, and there was not enough time to run a confirmation test. Northwestern was already in Columbus and had already gone through shootaround. It’s a stark reminder that nothing is guaranteed during the pandemic season. The Big

Without adjustments, Northwestern’s offense dried up against Rutgers

EVANSTON, Illinois — For the third time in the last five games, Northwestern was abandoned by its offense in the second half. Despite trading blows with a quality Rutgers (7-4, 3-3 Big Ten) team for over three quarters, No. 21 NU (11-4, 9-4) melted in the fourth quarter as it simply couldn’t string together buckets, falling 70-54. Lindsey Pulliam and Veronica Burton, NU’s unquestioned top two offensive weapons, combined for just 15 points on 4-of-23 shooting. That’s not going to cut it, especia

Big Ten moves men’s basketball tournament to Lucas Oil Stadium

The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the conference announced Tuesday. It was previously supposed to be held at the United Center in Chicago. The games will still run March 10-14. “The decision to relocate the tournament to Indianapolis was based on multiple factors,” the conference said in a statement. “First and foremost was the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, officials and conference constituents. Hosting both the men’s a

Four-star WR Jordan Mosley commits to Northwestern

The Wildcats just added more offensive firepower. Jordan Mosley, the class of 2021’s 40th-ranked wide receiver, notified Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald on Sunday morning that he was ready to become a Wildcat, according to Rivals. Mosley was originally committed to Tennessee but de-committed on January 18 amidst a coaching change. NU pried away the four-star recruit from SEC schools like Mississippi State and South Carolina and Big Ten powerhouse Penn State. With a 247Sports composite rating

Chicago Tribune: NU cheerleader sues University, alleges officials delayed investigation following complaint she was groped and harassed by fans

A Northwestern cheerleader is suing Northwestern University, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. The lawsuit alleges Hayden Richardson, 22, was groped by drunken fans and alumni during university-sanctioned events and that the cheer team’s head coach required female cheerleaders to “mingle” with powerful donors for the school’s financial gain. The news was first reported by Elyssa Cherney of the Chicago Tribune. The report contains several disturbing details about the way Richardson wa
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