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    Jan. 8, 1998

    Women's Hoops Concludes Four-Game Road Swing at Iowa, Ohio State

    Cats and Wildcats Battle Friday Evening

    Northwestern Wildcats (5-9, 0-2 Big Ten)
    at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-6, 3-0 Big Ten)
    Jan. 9, 1998 - 7 p.m. CST

    at Ohio State Buckeyes (8-4, 1-2 Big Ten)
    Jan. 11, 1998 - 1 p.m. CST
    Radio: WNUR 89.3 FM

    Wildcats on the Road
    The Wildcats conclude their four-game road swing with this weekend's contests at Iowa and Ohio State. NU ended a three-game losing streak with its 87-66 win over Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday. The Ramblers hung close for most of the first half, but a 19-0 run over the final 6:08 of the first half gave the Wildcats a 48-23 cushion at intermission. All-America candidate Kristina Divjak got back on track with her first double-double of the year, notching season highs of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Amber DeWall added 15 points and eight assists while Megan Chawansky scored 13 points and, in the process, scored her 1,000th career point.

    Record vs. Hawkeyes and Buckeyes
    This will mark the 33rd all-time meeting between Northwestern and Iowa, with the Hawkeyes leading the series 23-9. Iowa has won four-straight over NU. The Wildcats last win was a 58-57 decision on Jan. 22, 1995, in Iowa City. Sunday is the 31st all-time meeting between NU and Ohio State, with the Buckeyes holding a 17-13 edge. The Wildcats swept the two games last year, winning 96-83 in Evanston and 74-62 in Columbus.

    Head Coach Don Perrelli
    Don Perrelli (Southern Connecticut State, 1961) is in his 14th season at the helm of the Wildcats and 22nd as a collegiate head coach. He has compiled a 408-225 overall mark and a 233-154 record with the Wildcats. NU has advanced to postseason six times during Perrelli's tenure.

    Divjak Leads the Big Ten in Scoring
    All-America candidate Kristina Divjak currently leads the Big Ten Conference and ranks 18th in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 22.4 points per game. She also ranks second in the Big Ten in three pointers made (2.85 pg), fifth in three-point percentage (.392) and sixth in blocked shots (1.0 pg).

    In conference games, however, she is currently the best shot blocker in the Big Ten. Divjak has blocked six shots in NU's two Big Ten games for an average of 3.0 pg. Divjak has led the 'Cats in scoring 13 of the season's 14 games, including a season-high 32 points against Loyola-Chicago. She has topped the 20-point mark in eight contests. See the attached flyer for more info. on Divjak.

    Chawansky Reaches the Century Mark
    With her 13 points on Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago, junior guard Megan Chawansky became the 16th player in NU history to reach 1,000 career points. Teammate Kristina Divjak reached the 1,000 mark earlier this year. This season, Megan continues to display one of the best all-around games in the Big Ten with 14.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Here's her game-by-game stats from the last five games:

    Opponent            Pts.    Reb.    Asst.   Stl.
    @ SW Texas State    15       8        2      2
    @ Texas             23       8        5      2
    Michigan            14       6        2      0
    @ Indiana           13       5        3      0
    @ Loyola-Chicago    13       3        4      3
    

    DeWall Among Big Ten Assist Leaders
    Senior point guard Amber DeWall ranks third in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 6.1 per contest. DeWall has improved her overall play since last season, currently leading the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and third on the team with 10.6 points per game. Her 16 points in the win at Southwest Texas State was a career-best. She also ranks second in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.67-to-1 (85:51). DeWall currently owns 421 career assists, good for fifth place on the all-time NU assist chart. Connie Erickson is in fourth place at 448.

    399 and Counting
    Wednesday's win over Loyola-Chicago was the 399th win in Northwestern women's basketball history. NU is looking to become just the fifth Big Ten school to reach 400 all-time wins.

    WNUR Radio - The Official Carrier of NU Women's Hoops
    21 games are scheduled to be broadcast this season by WNUR 89.3 FM, the Northwestern student station. The remaining schedule is as follows:
    Jan. 13 (Purdue)
    Jan. 16 (Wisconsin)
    Jan. 18 (Minnesota)
    Jan. 23 (at Illinois)
    Jan. 30 (Penn State)
    Feb. 1 (at Wisconsin)
    Feb. 6 (Ohio State)
    Feb. 8 (Iowa)
    Feb. 10 (DePaul)
    Feb. 13 (Indiana)
    Feb. 15 (at Michigan)
    Feb. 20 (at Purdue)
    Feb. 27-March 2 (at Big Ten Tournament).

    Pack the Place is Just One Week Away
    The first-annual "Pack the Place" night is right around the corner. All seats for the NU-Wisconsin game on Fri., Jan. 16, are just $1. Fans should make plans to arrive as early as possible to get the best seats (all seats are general admission). The gates open at 6 p.m. with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

    Where They Rank
    Here's where NU ranks statistically:

    Individual - All Games
    Scoring Kristina Divjak (1st Big Ten, 18th NCAA)    21.7 ppg
            Megan Chawansky (13th Big Ten)              14.5 ppg
    3pt/gm. Kristina Divjak (2nd Big Ten, 24th NCAA)    2.69 tpg
    3pt%    Kristina Divjak (5th Big Ten)               .380
    Assists Amber DeWall    (3rd Big Ten)                5.9 apg
    Asst./  Amber DeWall    (2nd Big Ten)               1.60-to-1
    TO ratio    
    Blocks  Kristina Divjak (6th Big Ten)               1.0 bpg
    Team
    Asst/TO Ratio    1st Big Ten 1-to-1
    3pt/game         2nd Big Ten 5.3 tpg
    Assists          5th Big Ten 15.6 apg
    Scoring Offense  6th Big Ten 72.6 ppg
    Blocks           6th Big Ten 2.15 bpg
    Individual - Big Ten Games Only
    Blocks      Kristina Divjak (1st)   3.0 bpg
    Steals      Amber DeWall    (t2nd) 3.50 spg
                Kristina Divjak (t2nd) 3.50 spg
    3pt%        Dana Leonard    (3rd)  .556
    3pt/gm.     Dana Leonard    (t5th) 2.50 tpg
                Kristina Divjak (t8th) 2.00 tpg
    Team - Big Ten Games Only
    3pt/gm.     2nd (5.50 tpg)
    Asst./TO    2nd (0.96-to-1)
    Blocks      t4th (3.0 bpg)
    All-Time NU Record Book Watch
    Career Points                   Career Assists      
    t10.  Cole/Wiesen (1,206)       3.  Laura Wiesen (474)
    12.  Kristina Divjak (1,188)    4.  Connie Erickson (448)
    15.  Moira Kennelly (1,064)     5.  Amber DeWall (421)
    16. Megan Chawansky (1,011) 
    Career Three-Pointers Made  Career Three-Point Attempts
    2.  Moira Kennelly (173)        2.  Moira Kennelly (454)
    3.  Kristina Divjak (170)       3.  Kristina Divjak (406)
    5.  Megan Chawansky (80)        5.  Megan Chawansky (233)
    Career Free Throws Made     Career Free Throw Attempts
    10. Moira Kennelly (253)     9. Christina Braden (411)
        Megan Chawansky (235)   10. Megan Chawansky (367)
    
    Career Blocked Shots 10. Maureen Holohan (38) Kristina Divjak (36)

    Divjak Named to NIT All-Tournament Team
    Forward Kristina Divjak was named to the all-tournament team at the Preseason NIT. In NU's four contests, Divjak averaged 22.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. In addition, she averaged 2.5 three pointers made per game. Divjak led all players in scoring during the tournament with 88 points. UConn All-American Nykesha Sales had 86 points, followed by Nebraska's Anna DeForge with 80 points.

    Smart 'Cats
    The Wildcats earned the 14th-highest grade point average last year among all NCAA Division I women's basketball teams. NU was the only Big Ten school ranked among the top 25 academically, with a team GPA of 3.267. The 'Cats were one of six teams from last year's NCAA tournament to make the WBCA Honor Roll. The others were Oregon (fourth), Toledo (fifth), Maine (seventh), Kansas State (eighth) and Harvard (15th).

    Winningest Program in the Big Ten
    Northwestern has averaged more wins per season than any other team in the Big Ten Conference. In their 22 previous seasons, the 'Cats had 394 wins, an average of 17.9 wins per year. Most Wins (Years) Most Wins Per Year Ohio State, 543 (32) Northwestern (17.9) Penn State, 523 (33) Iowa (17.3) Indiana, 412 (26) Ohio State (16.9) Iowa, 399 (23) Purdue (15.9) Northwestern, 394 (22) Penn State (15.8)

    Promotions List
    Fri., Jan. 16 vs. Wisconsin - Pack the Place Night 7 p.m. tipoff - A new attendance record could be set when the 'Cats take on the Badgers. All seats for this game (reserved and general admission) are just $1. Fri., Feb. 6 vs. Ohio State - Take a Girl to the Game Day 7:30 p.m. tipoff - All kids will be admitted free for this game as, for the third-straight year, Northwestern takes part in National Take a Girl to the Game Day. Last year, 75 college campuses and more than 250,000 people took part nationwide.

    Preseason Honors
    Here's the preseason accolades garnered by the Wildcats: Women's Basketball News Service Megan Chawansky - Second-team All-American Kristina Divjak - Third-team All-American

    Street and Smith's
    Kristina Divjak - Honorable mention All-American National Ranking - "Best of the Rest"

    The Sporting News
    Kristina Divjak - "Best Shooter in the Big Ten"

    NU Breaks All-Time Attendance Records

    The Wildcats set new school records in attendance last year as a total of 17,672 fans attended games in Welsh-Ryan Arena during the 1996-97 season. The previous record was 17,637, set last season. A new record for average attendance also was set last year, with an average of 1,473 per game. This easily outdistances the old mark of 1,260 set during the 1995-96 campaign.

    Wildcats' women's basketball attendance in the 1990s continues to rise. Check out the following comparison:

                               1000+ Home
        Year    Attend. Avg.    crowds      Dates
        1991-92 11,073  791         2         14
        1992-93 15,194  1,169      10         13
        1993-94 14,435  1,031       7         14
        1994-95 15,269  1,175       7         13
        1995-96 17,637  1,260       8         14
        1996-97 17,672  1,473       9         12
    Wildcat Probable Starters
    Pos.    Name              (height, class, hometown)           ppg    rpg    apg
    F   #35 Kristina Divjak   (6-0, Jr., Dyer, Ind.)             22.4    5.6    1.6
    F   #21 Leslie Schock     (6-0, So., Elgin, Ill.)             6.5    4.6    0.8
    C   #54 Mary Connolly     (6-3, Sr (5)., Chicago, Ill.)       6.2    4.5    0.7
    G   #20 Amber DeWall      (5-9, Sr., St. Louis Park, Minn.)  10.6    6.3    6.1
    G   #24 Megan Chawansky   (5-11, Jr., Avon Lake, Ohio)       14.4    6.1    3.7
    Off the bench
    G   #5 Dana Leonard (5-6, Fr., Glenview, Ill.)      3.9 1.0 0.7
    G   #11 Lisa Byington (5-6, Sr., Portage, Mich.)    1.4 0.3 0.3
    F   #20 Chala Holland (6-1, Fr., Ardmore, Pa.)      2.0 2.3 0.0
    G   #22 Clarissa Flores (5-8, Fr., Chicago, Ill.)   3.8 1.5 0.5
    G/F #32 Candace Wrenn (5-9, Sr., Austin, Texas)     1.4 0.7 0.3
    C   #52 Leah Berki (6-1, So., Willowbrook, Ill.)    2.8 3.0 0.7