EVANSTON, Ill. — Amy Patton scored a game-high 26 points for the Northern Arizona women Sunday, but it wasn’t enough in an 88-70 loss to Northwestern.
NAU (4-7) shot 38 percent from the field in the first half and 50 percent from 3-point range, entering the break down 40-35.
Patton scored 16 of her 26 points in the first half and combined with Tyler Stephens-Jenkins for seven 3-pointers. The Lumberjacks hit eight 3-pointers overall in the opening period.
NAU cut the Wildcats’ lead to three twice in the second half but was unable to get any closer. Northwestern put together a 15-5 run midway through the half and stretched its lead to as many as 18 points.
NAU’s 3-point shooting fell to 18 percent in the second half. The women shot 36 percent overall in the final 20 minutes.
Patton finished 10 for 23 from the field and made 4 of 10 3-point attempts. She also collected seven rebounds, three steals and one assist. Stephens-Jenkins added 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. She also had eight rebounds.
The Lumberjacks snapped Amy Jaeschke’s streak of three straight games with 30 points or more, limiting the 6-foot-5 Northwester senior to 24 points.