Jan. 13, 2014
NU vs. Illinois Game Notes
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- After inclement weather postponed the original Jan. 6 date, in-state rivals Northwestern and Illinois will meet on the hardwood for the lone time this season, Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The game will tip at approximately 8:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the NU men's game vs. Michigan State, which begins at 6 p.m.
TICKET AND PARKING INFO FOR WEDNESDAY
Please note that fans with tickets to the women's basketball game will not be able to gain access to their seats until the NU men's game has concluded. Fans with tickets to the men's game are welcome to stay after for the women's game.
Tickets for the Northwestern women's basketball game vs. Illinois are available online, over the phone by calling 888-GO-PURPLE or at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the day of the game.
Parking for the Northwestern/Illinois game is available in the East and West parking lots, but will be very limited immediately following the men’s game. Additional parking is available on the local streets. Fans are encouraged to arrive closer to the 8:30 p.m. hour to allow the Northwestern parking lots to empty.
Overflow pay-to-park is available at the NorthShore Hospital parking garage, located at the corner of Central Street and Girard, directly across from the CTA Purple line stop, less than a half mile from Welsh-Ryan Arena.
CLOSING IN ON 600
Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown has 591 career wins, meaning he needs just nine more victories to reach the 600-win milestone. Heading into the 2013-14 season, only one other Big Ten head coach had surpassed the 600-win milestone as Iowa’s Lisa Bluder had 607 career victories entering the year. McKeown ranked second in the conference, bringing 580 wins into the season while the next closest was Coni Yori of Nebraska with 410 wins. Heading into the year, McKeown ranked 15th amongst active Division I head coaches with 580 career wins with Bluder ranking 14th.
CAREER NUMBERS FOR COHEN
Junior forward/center Alex Cohen has started every game for the Wildcats this year and is putting up career numbers. She is averaging 24.9 minutes per game and contributing 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. She also is shooting a career-best .500 from the field. Through 16 games this year, Cohen has 85 total rebounds while last year, as a sophomore, Cohen had 83 total rebounds in 30 games played. Her 77 career blocks put her at seventh in NU history.
2013-14 Record: 7-9, 0-3 B1G
All-Time Series Record: Northwestern leads 35-33; NU won last meeting, 62-58 in Champaign, Ill., on Jan. 20, 2013
Notable: The Illini are still searching for their first Big Ten win of the year and first road victory. Illinois has also had a tough stretch to start conference play, playing No. 14 Penn State and No. 16 Nebraska back-to-back after opening the conference slate at home vs. Wisconsin. The Badgers took the 76-64 win in overtime while Illinois fell to Penn State, 76-82 and vs. Nebraska, 75-56. Amber Moore leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Ivory Crawford and Jacqui Grant are second and third on the team in scoring with 14.9 ppg and 12.8 ppg, respectively.
LAST TIME VS. ILLINOIS
Northwestern played in-state rival Illinois for the second time in 11 days and picked up the 62-58 victory on Jan. 20, 2013 in Champaign. It was a close battle throughout with six lead changes and eight ties but the ’Cats broke a 58-58 tie late in the game by scoring the final four points. Maggie Lyon’s layup put NU ahead 60-58 with 1:32 to play and Alex Cohen drained two free throws with 19 seconds left to secure the victory.
Four Wildcats finished in double-figures, as senior forward Kendall Hackney led NU with 21 points. Cohen posted her first career double-double, scoring a career-high 12 points to go with another career-best 10 rebounds. Lyon chipped in 11 points while senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant had 13 points, including 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
Adrienne GodBold led Illinois with 21 points as she was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line while Karisma Penn added 15 points, and was 9-of-10 from the stripe. Both players fouled out with key minutes remaining in the game.
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