Sin City Shutdown

Northwestern advanced its record to 9-1 on the season and opened up the "Dual in the Desert" tournament with a win over hometown favorite UNLV. Led by Kendall Hackney's strong performance, the Wildcats bounced the Runnin' Rebels, 79-49.

Northwestern took a trip to Las Vegas to take on UNLV Sunday night and emerged with a 79-49 victory to advance to 9-1 on the year.

Forward Kendall Hackney dominated down under, leading the ‘Cats with 22 points. The team shot 52 percent from the field on the night and the same from beyond the arch. Freshman guard Morgan Jones also had an impressive performance with 18 points and seven assists.

The ‘Cats showed much more depth than they have in previous games. They scored 26 points off the bench including a breakout performance by freshman Alex Cohen. She scored 11 points in 15 minutes of playing time and shot a perfect 6-6 from the line.

In general, the team shot free throws very well—95 percent—and finally saw the production off of fouls that head coach Joe McKeown said he hoped for earlier in the year. Free throws accounted for 20 of Northwestern's points.

Northwestern still struggled with turnovers, a problem spot for the team all year. They had 26 on the night. They managed to force 24 from the Rebels, so the impact was kept to a minimum.

All in all, it was an impressive night for the team, as they managed to get some good minutes from bench players, a factor that will be important when the team moves into Big Ten play soon, especially after the injury of center Brittany Orban earlier this year.

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