Northwestern stunned No. 4 Michigan in a Big Ten matchup on Sunday, making a late defensive stop to knock off the Wolverines 71-69 in double overtime.
Michigan looked poised for a comeback after forcing overtime, with senior guard Danielle Rauch hitting a 3-pointer deep into the fourth quarter to cut Northwestern’s lead to 58-56. Rauch then tied the game at the free-throw line with seven seconds left in regulation.
Northwestern hung on despite squandering the lead in the final minutes of regulation, grinding out the win at home.
🚨 Upset in Evanston! 🚨@nuwbball knocks off No. 4 Michigan in double OT. pic.twitter.com/p2MBtVZJgq— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) February 13, 2022
🚨 Upset in Evanston! 🚨@nuwbball knocks off No. 4 Michigan in double OT. pic.twitter.com/p2MBtVZJgq
Veronica Burton led the Wildcats down the stretch, finishing the game with 13 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. Jillian Brown had a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds for Northwestern, while Courtney Shaw added 16 points and nine rebounds.
The Wildcats held Michigan’s Naz Hillmon to 16 points, below her 20-point average on the season. Northwestern also forced 19 Michigan turnovers, making the difference in the back-and-forth matchup.
Michigan has not lost two straight conference games after falling to Michigan State on Thursday. The Wolverines are 11-3 in the Big Ten and 20-4 overall, while Northwestern improved to 6-5 in conference play.
The Wildcats next faces No. 7 Indiana on Thursday in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan hosts No. 15 Maryland next Sunday.