INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northwestern advanced to the third round of the Big Ten Tournament with a 65-60 win over the Minnesota Gophers on Thursday night.
Early in the first quarter, three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Veronica Burton split four Minnesota defenders to put in a tough layup and generate a three point play. Her effort sparked an 11-0 run to create Northwestern’s first lead.
While Veronica Burton led Northwestern with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, she told Big Ten reporters after the game that it was a team win more than anything.
“It was a huge team effort. We had a lot of different individuals step up at really crucial times,” she said. “It really wasn’t just me, it was a lot of the other players around me.”
Three other ‘Cats posted double digit points. Courtney Shaw both added 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. When Northwestern ran into shooting trouble in the second quarter, Shaw and Burton turned things around hitting all the Wildcat buckets for the quarter.
Jillian Brown also added eleven points, hitting two fast break layups and a crucial three in the third quarter.
But as Minnesota and Northwestern battled for the lead in the final quarter, Lauryn Satterwhite emerged as the Wildcat offense. She added 15 points and seven rebounds, with all her points coming in the second half.