The Northwestern Lady Raiders dominated in Wednesday night’s game by dismissing host Dakota Wesleyan with a score 108-56.
The Raiders had already clinched the conference before the start of the game, but that did not seem to stop them from coming out to quick and unselfish start. NW led for the entirety of the contest, and the team as whole recorded 32 assists.
“Thiry-two assists in the game was outstanding; I think the school record is 35. Our women are so unselfish, and the ball was really moving at different times in the game.” head coach Earl Woudstra commented.
Senior Becca Hurley was once again the leading scorer with 27 points. She went 11-15 from the field and also dished out six assists. Junior Kami Kuhlmann contributed 16 points of her own while tying a career-high with seven assists. Freshman Mackenzie Small scored her career high of 10 points coming off the bench.
NW shot an impressive 56 percent from the field on the game. Woudstra credited the efficiency to smart play from the ladies.
“We shot extremely well, but I thought that was largely the result of excellent ball movement and very good shot selection.” Woudstra said.
It was not just the offense that was on a roll for the Raiders. The defense was intense throughout the game and forced 30 turnovers. Fourty-two of the Raiders’ points came off those mistakes. Everyone in a Raider uniform saw at least five minutes of playing time in the blowout.
Woudstra added, “What was especially impressive was the way the women came in and played off the bench in the last eight minutes.”
Senior night will be tomorrow, Feb. 19, at the Bultman Center. The game will start at 6:30 p.m.