Northwestern women’s basketball team defeated Central and William Penn in the Pizza Ranch Classic on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27.
The Red Raiders decimated Central, 90-52. The beginning of the game was tight, but after Central tied the score at 33, NW went on a 13-0 run to take a 46-33 halftime lead. The Raiders held the Dutch’s offense to 18 percent shooting from the field in the second half to seal the deal.
The Raiders shot 49 percent for the game, 32 percent behind the three-point line. Four Raiders scored in double figures, led by sophomore Kendra De Jong with 18 points. Senior Becca Hurley and junior Kami Kuhlmann chipped in 17 and 15, respectively, and senior Allison Hulst scored 10 off the bench. NW had the rebounding advantage, 43-39. De Jong pulled down nine rebounds and Hulst had seven, while De Jong and Hurley dished out eight and seven assists, respectively.
NW defeated the Statesman 88-64. Hurley scored a career-high 36 points, shooting 10 of 17 from the field and 13 of 14 from the free throw line. De Jong followed with 22 points, while Kuhlmann had a season-high 20. NW shot 53 percent from the field and held the Statesmen to 34 percent.
The Raiders took advantage of Dordt’s 33 turnovers to win 88-60 on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Kuhlmann led with 20 points and seven assists. Hurley netted 18 points and junior Val Kleinjan added 12. Junior Melanie Babcock chipped in a career-high 11 points.