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EVANSTON — The Eastern Illinois women's basketball team fell to Northwestern 74-40 on the road in the Panthers’ final non-conference game of the 2017-18 season.

EIU is now 1-10 on the season heading into conference play. The Wildcats improve to 7-7.

The Panthers struggled from the field in the first half as they were held to only 12 points. Northwestern shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second quarter and headed into the second half leading 42-12.

Three Panthers connected from beyond the arc in the third quarter as EIU outscored the Wildcats 16-12. Carmen Tellez, Lana Marov and Halle Stull all connected on 3-point shots. Tellez finished 3 of 6 from the field with eight points. Stull finished with five points and four rebounds. Freshman Karle Pace also had eight points for the Panthers in 23 minutes of play.

Danielle Berry and Jalisha Smith each added five points. Berry collected three assists, two rebounds, and two steals. Smith had a team-high five rebounds with two assists and two steals.

Four players finished in double figures for Northwestern. Lindsey Pulliam had a game-high 15 points, and Kunaiyi-Akpanah recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Panthers return to action Thursday to open conference play at Murray State.

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