Northwestern beat Huntington 92-68 on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the NAIA tournament.
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Northwestern College rebounded from is first round scare with a dominant 92-68 win against Huntington (Ind.) in the second round of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship.
With the win, the Red Raiders improve to 10-2 all time in the second round and advance to their seventh-straight quarterfinals. Northwestern entered the championship as the record holder in wins (44) and national titles (5).
Northwestern, co-regular season champion and tournament champion of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, limited Huntington to 56 total field goal attempts. The Red Raiders were dominant in the pant with a 48-24 scoring advantage in the lane, while also outscoring the Foresters, 16-4, on second-chance points.
Senior guard Alli Engebretson had a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Red Raiders. The performance is her sixth-straight game with 20 or more points. Other notable performances for Northwestern were Karen Hutson with 19 points and Samantha Kleinsasser with 16 points.
Northwestern shot 52.9 percent from the field, including a 21-for-33 (63.6 percent) effort in the second half.
Northwestern will play College of the Ozarks on Saturday at 3:00 pm in the quarterfinals.
Fifth-ranked Morningside rallied from a 21-7 first half deficit to beat #12 St. Mary (NE) 78-70 in round two of the NAIA women's tournament late Friday night.
The Mustangs (29-6) will play #20 Cardinal Stritch of Wisconsin (26-6) in the quarterfinals on Saturday night at 8:00 at the Tyson Events Center.
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