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The Wildcats have now conquered the ACC and Big 12 in the same week. Northwestern advanced its season record to 6-1 with a 74-70 win over the Missouri Tigers.

In a game that went down to the wire, the Northwestern University women's basketball team pulled out a close victory Saturday afternoon by beating previously undefeated Missouri 74-70.

While the freshmen stole the show at home against North Carolina State, a pair of juniors came up big this game: forward Kendall Hackney led the Wildcats with 20 points and center Dannielle Diamant had 18. Diamant went a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line including eight when NU needed it down the stretch.

After going down clutching her knee at home against NC State, senior Brittany Orban did not play against Missouri and senior guard Allison Mocchi occupied the fifth starting spot for the ‘Cats. While NU missed Orban's 14 points per game average, Mocchi played well with 9 points including a pair of threes.

NU showed more depth than the Tigers with 10 points off the bench compared to Missouri's two. The real difference in this game may have been second-chance points, though. The ‘Cats scored 10 off of rebounds while holding Missouri to just three. This helped NU overcome a difficulty establishing a presence inside.

With this victory, the Wildcats sit atop a 6-1 record and earn a week-long break before they head down Lake Shore Drive to play at Loyola. That game tips off next Saturday at 2 p.m. CT.

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