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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The University of Northwestern women’s basketball team took on the St. Catherine Wildcats in their home opener. The Eagles defeated the Wildcats by a score of 70-53. It was a game that saw no lead changes as the Eagles started and ended with the lead.

  • Scoring by the quarter
    • Quarter 1: Eagles 24 – Wildcats 10
    • Quarter 2: Eagles 39 – Wildcats 21
    • Quarter 3: Eagles 56 – Wildcats 39
    • Quarter 4: Eagles 70 – Wildcats 53

The first quarter was the most dominant for the Eagles as they would build a lead as big as 20 points. While it was cold outside, UNW was on fire during the quarter. They shot lights out as they hit 64 percent of their shots from the field, including 66 percent from the three point line.

Megan Roberts looking to make a play. “Photo by UNW Athletics

The second quarter saw the Eagles slow down a little bit on the shooting, however they were still hitting their shots from the three point line, shooting 50 percent in the second quarter. At the end of the first half, UNW entered the locker room leading 39-21.

Going into the third, the Wildcats were now the ones to come out firing. They went on a 8-0 run early in the third. The Eagles were able to extinguish the fire as they traded buckets for buckets with the Wildcats. This would be the only quarter the Wildcats would outscore the Eagles.

Kelsea Lund looking for an open teammate. “Photo by UNW Athletics”

In the fourth quarter, both teams would battle it out, scoring 14 points a piece. In the end, the Eagle’s first half was too much for the Wildcat’s second half.

Overall, the Eagles shot 52 percent from the field, while making 52 percent of their threes. Lexi Hagen and Hailey Paup led the Eagles in scoring as they both put up 12 points a piece. Megan Roberts was right behind them with 10 points.

The Eagles were 2-0 for the season. Their next game took place on Saturday, November 20 against No. 6 nationally ranked Simpson College in the Erickson Center at 4:00 p.m. They fell to the Simpson Storm by a score of 79-50 and now sit at a 2-1 record. For more details, see the recap for the Simpson game here.

The Eagles will have some time to rest as they will not see the floor again until Friday, December 3. They will be hosting Finlandia University at 6 p.m. in the Erickson Center.