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    This Week In Northwestern Athletics - Week of Dec. 16-23, 2014

    Northwestern Composite Schedule

    For the latest TV, radio and web stream information: Northwestern Athletics Broadcast Schedule

    Follow @NU_SportsLIVE  and #B1GCats for live Twitter updates from select events throughout the week.

    Men's Basketball

    Wednesday, Dec. 17  • 7 p.m. • Central Michigan • Welsh-Ryan Arena Evanston, Ill.

    Streaming Video: BTN Plus on BTN2Go | GameTracker  | Radio: 720 WGN | In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE 

    Saturday,  Dec. 20  • 2 p.m. • Western Michigan • Welsh-Ryan Arena  •  Evanston, Ill.

    TV: BTN | GameTracker | Radio: 720 WGN | In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE 

    Monday, Dec. 22  • 1 p.m. • UIC • Welsh-Ryan Arena    Evanston, Ill.
    Streaming Video: ESPN3 and WatchESPN | GameTracker | Radio: 720 WGN | In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE 

    Notable: Northwestern (6-3) continues its five-game homestand with a trio of contests this coming week. Coming off a huge 101-49 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday, the 'Cats host Central Michigan on Wednesday before facing off against Western Michigan on Saturday. The busy week concludes with a Monday matinee against Chicagoland foe UIC. Alex Olah led NU with 17 points in Sunday's resounding win, while Nathan Taphorn contributed a career-best 16 points off the bench as the Wildcats topped 100 points for the first time since 1993..

    Promotion/Ticket Information: Wednesday, Dec. 17: Enjoy the talents of a youth dance group at halftime as the 'Cats take on Central Michigan. Saturday, Dec. 20: Spend your Holiday Break at Welsh-Ryan Arena! Join the 'Cats for the third of six December home games. STEM and Sports Day - Chicagoland scouts are invited to participate in a STEM experience while cheering on the 'Cats. Scouts will receive a discounted ticket and Wildcats Scout Patch. Call 888-GO-PURPLE to learn more. Monday, Dec. 22: It’s Take a Kid to a Game Day at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Each paid adult receives two tickets for kids in the 8th grade and under for FREE! (Season tickets are considered paid adult tickets). Tickets must be purchased on the day of the game. For more information, call 888-GO-PURPLE. Tickets are available at or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE (888-467-8775). 

    Women's Basketball

    Wednesday, Dec. 17 • 6 p.m. CT • at UNLV • Las Vegas, NV (Thomas & Mack Center)
    GameTracker  | Live Stream  | In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLive

    Saturday, Dec. 20 • Approximately 4:30 p.m. CT • vs. Eastern Illinois (ASU Classic) • Tempe, Ariz. (Wells Fargo Arena)
    Live Stats  |  In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

    Sunday, Dec. 21 • TBA • vs. Arizona State OR Lehigh (ASU Classic) • Tempe, Ariz. (Wells Fargo Arena)
    Live State  |  In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

    Notable: Statistically speaking, the Wildcats have been arguably one of the top defensive teams in the NCAA this season. Northwestern leads the 14-team Big Ten Conference and ranks second in the NCAA in field-goal percentage defense (30.2) and fifth in the country in scoring defense (49.6 ppg). NU also leads the Big Ten and the nation in blocks (7.1 bpg) and ranks eighth in steals (13.1 spg). Individually, Ashley Deary is the NCAA leader with 4.71 steals per game and three #B1GCats average 1.43 blocks per game or higher (Nia Coffey - 2.14; Lauren Douglas - 1.86; Alex Cohen - 1.43).


    Thursday, Dec. 18  •  7 p.m. CT •  at Minnesota  Minneapolis, Minn.
    TV: BTN | In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

    Notable: The ’Cats, who most recently hosted and captured the Windy City Duals in Welsh-Ryan Arena, will take a trip to No. 1-ranked Minnesota on Thursday, Dec. 18, in a match to be televised live on the Big Ten Network. When they return to Evanston, it will then be time to turn their attention to hosting the 52nd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.


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