NUsports.com special contributor Skip Myslenski sits down with Brittany Orban
2011-12: Team captain ... Only played 13 minutes against Penn State due to injury ... Started her first game of the year against Missouri, turning in an outstanding effort (2-of-5 from the field / 2-of-3 from deep / 3-of-4 from the line) ... Recorded a season-best nine points, four assists and four steals at Missouri (12/3) ... Hit an acrobatic running one-hander with 1:24 left against LSU to pull Northwestern to within a point,ball went in as the shot clock went off ... Did not play in first game due to injury ... achieved Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2010-11: Team Captain ... Recorded a team-high 10 points against Northern Arizona (12/19/10) and seven assists against Minnesota (2/20/11) ... Played a major role in the win over No. 24 Ohio State, scoring nine points and pulling down nine rebounds in just 16 minutes of play (1/13/11) ... Sank a huge three-pointer in the final seconds in NU's victory over BYU (11/27/10) ... Matched her career-best 10 points against Purdue (1/2/11) and vs. Michigan (1/20/11) ... Recorded a career-high 10 points against Northern Arizona (12/19/10), and seven assists against Minnesota (2/20/11) ... Stepped up big time against Minnesota in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, matching a career-best nine rebounds and adding five assists in 28 minutes ... Overall a solid role player who has a solid basketball IQ and natural leadership qualities.
2009-10: Saw action in 31 of NU's 33 games ... Scored a career-best eight points against Penn (11/28/09) ... Dished out a team-high four assists in 17 minutes against Toledo (11/13/09) ... Tied several career highs with 8 points, two rebounds and one steal vs. Penn (11/28/09) ... Recorded a career-best three rebounds against Indiana (2/18/10) ... Finished fifth on the team with 45 assists.
2008-09:S aw limited action in seven games due to injury for the `Cats this season ... Recorded a three pointer and three free throws at Michigan State (1/8).
High School: Varsity letterwinner in both basketball and volleyball at Buffalo Grove ... Helped high school squad to a four-year record of 122-21 and four consecutive regional and sectional championships ... Scored a total of 1,085 career points ... Holds the school record of 11 steals in one game ... Named to the all-area and all-conference teams in three-successive years (2005-2008) ... Awarded all-state honors in two consecutive years (2006-2008) ... Team captain and Team MVP (2007-2008) ... Appointed to the IHSA All-Tournament Team (2007-2008) ... Competed in the IBC All-Star game ... Nominee for the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team ... Played AAU basketball for Full Package, contributing to three state championships (2005, 2006, 2008).
Personal: Born Allison Marie Mocchi in Des Plaines, Ill. ... Daughter of Michael and Rose Mocchi ... Enrolled in the School of Education and Social Policy.