The Northwestern women’s basketball team picked up a 92-64 win over Grand View on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The No. 15 Raiders kick start their season to 1-0.
NW stormed out of the gates early with a 13-6 advantage, but Grand View went on an 8-0 run to give them a 14-13 lead, which was their lone lead of the contest.
With two and a half minutes to go in the first half, the Raiders led 39-25 after junior guard Whitney Vander Maten drained a three-pointer, which marked their largest lead in the first half.
After Grand View cut the lead to under ten (47-38), NW went on a 14-0 run and never looked back. Senior guard Karen Ettleman scored nine of her game-high 30 points during the run.
The Raiders shot 55% from the field compared to a paltry 32% from Grand View.
“Our ball pressure was huge,” Ettleman said. “We made them uncomfortable, and that affected their passing and shooting. We were constantly attacking.”
In addition, NW shot 62% (8 of 13) from the three-point line.
“Being a threat from beyond the arc is so important,” Ettleman said. “It’s important to be versatile and making your opponent respect you.”
Ettleman scored 30 points on 13-for-24 shooting. Vander Maten added 13 points. Senior guard Paige O’Neal recorded a double-double with 12 and 11 assists. Freshman forward Claudia Larsen added seven rebounds, which helped give NW a 52-35 advantage on the glass.
The Raiders return to action tonight against Grace University in Omaha, Neb. The game will begin at 6 p.m.