Jan. 4, 2013
Northwestern (8-6, 0-1 Big Ten)
NU vs. Indiana Notes
at Indiana (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 6 • 1 p.m. CT
Assembly Hall (Bloomington, Ind.)
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
Northwestern continues Big Ten action on the road, playing at Indiana on Sunday. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT inside Assembly Hall. Both teams are searching for their first conference win as NU narrowly lost its conference opener on the road at No. 9 Penn State on Thursday and Indiana dropped its opener, 65-48, at Michigan.
LAST TIME OUT
Northwestern hung tough with No. 9 Penn State in its Big Ten opener, but a late Nittany Lion run gave them the 73-69 victory Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Wildcats played without two of their starters for a majority of the second half as senior forward Kendall Hackney and senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant both fouled out. Sophomore guard Karly Roser tied her career high for the second time in as many games, scoring 16 points. Hackney registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Diamant finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Alex Cohen logged key minutes off the bench, scoring nine points and adding seven rebounds while senior forward Kate Popovec also chipped in nine points.
Northwestern led by six points (60-54) late in the game but PSU went on a 12-5 run to retake the lead (66-65) with 1:26 remaining and hung on for the victory. The Nittany Lions shot 37 free throws, including 23 in the second half.
Penn State was the second top-10 opponent Northwestern has faced this year, also playing then-No. 9 Cal on Dec. 17. The Wildcats have played both ranked foes close, losing by just six points (71-65) to the Bears. Cal came into its game vs. NU defeating its opponents by an average of 24.4 points per game but the six-point victory is still the slimmest margin of victory all year so far for the Golden Bears. Thursday’s four-point PSU victory against NU also was the slimmest margin of victory all season for the Nittany Lions.
Sophomore forward Karly Roser has scored a career-high 16 points in each of the last two games. The Hamilton, Ontario, native, has picked up the scoring load for NU lately as she was the team’s leading scorer the last two games and in three of the last five contests. Roser has tallied double-figures in eight games this year, which matches her number of double-figure games during the 2011-12 season. In fact, Roser currently has a streak of five straight games (12/17-1/3) in double figures after being held scoreless against Bowling Green on Dec. 9.
CRASH THE GLASS
Northwestern has combined for 107 rebounds in the last two games, grabbing a season-high 57 against Chicago State and another 50 against Penn State. NU is second in the Big Ten in defensive rebounds, averaging 29.9 a game. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding, averaging 8.4 per game, but leads the entire Big Ten in defensive rebounding, grabbing 7.2 a game. Purdue’s Sam Ostarello ranks second behind Diamant with 6.9 defensive rebounds per game.
OPPONENT PROFILE: INDIANA
2012-13 Record: 9-5, 0-1 Big Ten
All-Time Series Record: Indiana leads, 35-31; NU has won three of the last four meetings
Of Note: Indiana is under the direction of first-year head coach Curt Miller who joined the Hoosiers after 11 seasons at Bowling Green. Senior forward Aulani Sinclair leads IU in scoring, tying for fifth in the Big Ten with 19.1 points per game. The Hoosiers rank last in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 60.3 points per game.
Northwestern swept Indiana last year, defeating the Hoosiers 69-61 in Bloomington and 68-61 in Evanston. Dannielle Diamant combined for 42 points against the Hoosiers last year, scoring 20 in Bloomington and another 22 in Evanston. She had a double-double in Evanston, grabbing 11 rebounds and had nine boards in Bloomington.
The Wildcats play their first Big Ten home game at Welsh-Ryan Arena against in-state rival Illinois on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will air live on the Big Ten Digital Network.
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