Northwestern was just in too big a hurry yesterday to get past No. 14 Western.
The visiting Wildcats rushed everything, spotted the Doves a 14-point lead and trailed by 21 at the end of the first quarter. Western rode that early tide to a 74-37 victory.
Going into yesterday's game, the Doves (16-3) and the Wildcats (13-3) were the only two teams unbeaten against city competition, but the game certainly did not live up to its potential.
"We were too anxious," said Wildcats senior Keisha Todd, who led all scorers with 18 points. "We were trying too hard, and we were rushing. We didn't take our time."
Wildcats coach Dwayne Burroughs said: "I don't think we ran one offensive play the entire game."
The Wildcats turned the ball over 35 times, shot just 25 percent from the floor, and rarely boxed the Doves out.
The Doves dominated the boards, 51-37, hit seven three-point shots and shredded Northwestern's press.
"We were really worried about their press," said Western coach Breezy Bishop. "We had scouted them, and their press had been devastating in most of their wins."
But the Doves handled the pressure with no problem. They moved the ball too quickly for the Wildcats to trap and usually ended up with 3-on-2 or 2-on-1 scoring opportunities. If they didn't hit the shot, the Doves almost always got a second chance.
Few and Crystal Fallin (10 rebounds) led the Doves with 15 points each. Marion Moore added 10 points and had 11 rebounds.
In addition to the loss, the Wildcats suffered another blow when guard Keonna Weaver went down with an ankle injury. The Northwestern roster is now down to six girls.
Dunbar 60, Southern-Baltimore 56: Sophomore guard Tim Lyles led all scorers with 17 points and the visiting, 11th-ranked Poets (11-6) hit 25 of 33 foul shots to upend No. 19 Southern. Southern made just nine of 26 free throw attempts. Senior guard Charles Scott paced the Bulldogs (8-8) with 15 points.
Pub Date: 2/13/97