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No. 13 Illinois 82, Northwestern 65

January 23, 2000

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) _ Allison Curtin scored 20 points, helping No. 13 Illinois snap a three-game losing skid with an 82-65 win over Northwestern Sunday.

Tauja Catchings added 19 points and Shavonna Hunter scored 14 for the Illini (15-7, 5-3 Big Ten). Leslie Schock scored 18 for the Wildcats (6-11, 3-4).

Catchings scored seven points in the first 12 minutes of the second half as Illinois maintained its eight-point halftime lead. Hunter sank two free throws with 8:39 left and Catchings hit a drive with 6:52 remaining, pushing the lead to 62-50.

Leslie Dolland’s free throw with 5:25 left and baseline jumper with 4:38 remaining drew the Wildcats within 62-53. But Hunter scored on a drive and Karen Hagberg made a short jumper in the next minute, restoring Illinois’ double-digit lead.

Northwestern got no closer than 11 in the final four minutes.

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