The Northwestern women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 in all non-conference games with wins last week over Dakota State and Briar Cliff.
On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Red Raiders breezed by Dakota State, 113-53. The Trojans set off the scoring with a three-pointer, but the Raiders then went on a 26-3 run and never looked back. NW shot 60 percent in the game, including a phenomenal 77 percent in the second half, while holding DSU to 31 percent in the game.
Sophomore Kendra DeJong scored 24 points to lead five Raiders into double figures. Senior Becca Hurley had 21 points and junior Val Kleinjan added 18. Freshman Samantha Kleinsasser scored 13 points and senior Allison Hulst scored 11, both players coming off the bench. DeJong and Hulst pulled down eight and seven rebounds respectively to lead NW’s 45-28 advantage on the glass. Hurley also added nine assists and four steals for the Raiders.
Kami Kuhlman became the 25th Raider to score 1,000 career points in the game against Briar Cliff on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The junior scored 18 points and added five asssists in the 86-59 win. Hurley led the scoring with 20 points and also added 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. She also nabbed seven steals and dished out eight assists.
NW shot 48 percent and held the Chargers to 37 percent. Kleinjan added five three-pointers to total 15 points and Kleinsasser had 13 points. DeJong pulled down 10 rebounds and scored eight points.
The Raiders kick off their conference schedule on Saturday, Nov. 20, as they take on Doane College in Crete, Neb.