November 20, 2016
BEST SINCE '98
Northwestern Wildcats downed by Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Northwestern’s most successful season since 1998 came to an end as the Wildcats sustained a 1-0 loss to third-seeded Duke in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Women’s Championship Sunday.
"This game was about our seniors and the chemistry that this group has," Northwestern (16-3-4) coach Michael Moynihan said. "When these seniors started their careers, they were last in the Big Ten. To end their careers as Big Ten Champions and Sweet 16 participants is really something special. We are extremely grateful to that group who stuck through some really tough times and battled through a lot to raise the program to be able to be here today."
Duke (15-4-3) took the lead in the 34th minute as Ella Stevens finished the rebound of an Imani Dorsey shot saved by Lauren Clem.
The Wildcats threatened in the opening half on a Grace Orndorff breakaway and had a long distance Mary Erikson free kick hit the far right post in the 74th minute.