Northwestern’s women’s basketball team, ranked 11th, faced down two opponents during the Troll Classic over the weekend, winning both games with large margins of victory.
On Friday, Nov. 1, the Raiders hit the road for a game against Rochester University. NW led the entirety of the game. At the half, the Raiders had nearly doubled their opponents, leading 47-24. After establishing early dominance, the Raiders handily defeated Rochester with a final score of 89-56. Sophomore Erika Sage was the top scorer for NW, leading with a career-high 16 points. Sophomore Alexis Toering put up a strong 14 points with six rebounds. Additionally, junior Sammy Blum and freshman Emilee Danner contributed to the team’s success with 11 and 10 points respectively. NW shot 43% from the field, making 31% of their 3-point attempts. The Raiders outrebounded Rochester 41-29.
Rochester shot 49% for the game and was led by Maddie Beck, who scored 13 points.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Raiders played a game vs. Trinity Christian. NW once again held a strong position at half-time, going into the break leading Trinity 56-29. The final score saw the Raiders triumph with a sweeping 105-45 victory. The team was led by senior Bre Schuiteman, who scored 16 points during the game. Additional key players in the game included freshman Emilee Danner, who netted 15 points, sophomore Devyn Kemble, who scored a career-high 11 points, and junior Sammy Blum, who added 10 points to the Raider’s score. During the game, NW shot 56% and made 47% of their 3-point bids. The Raiders dominated the glass, outperforming Trinity 41-25.
Trinity Christian shot 29% for the game and was led by Summer Cramer, who scored 14 points for the Trolls.
“Our team played with lots of positive energy and effort,” said head coach Chris Yaw. “They celebrated for one another and connected well on the floor. The games were a great extension of our practices and preparation. They played hard, played together and enjoyed one another.”
The women’s basketball team faces its next opponent on Nov. 8 against Presentation College in the Bultman Center at 5:30 p.m.