Jan. 7, 2014
NU vs. Purdue Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After inclement weather in the Chicagoland area postponed Monday's Big Ten home opener at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Northwestern women's basketball team will host No. 21 Purdue Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. for the first conference home game of the year.
This is the second Big Ten game of the year for the Wildcats and Boilermakers as Purdue also had to postpone its game vs. Indiana that was scheduled for Monday. NU's game vs. Illinois was rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15, following the men's contest vs. Michigan State, which tips at 6 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Northwestern opened up the 2014 Big Ten slate on Jan. 2, playing on the road at No. 18/15 Nebraska. The Wildcats went toe-to-toe with the preseason conference favorites but Nebraska took the narrow 66-65 victory.
NU freshman guard Christen Inman led the team with 19 points on a perfect 8-of-8 from the field. Fellow freshman Nia Coffey added 16 points while sophomore Lauren Douglas chipped in 13 points off the bench, all coming in the second half. Freshman point guard, 5-foot-4 Ashley Deary, grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to go along with seven assists.
It was a back-and-forth game for the full 40 minutes. Trailing by one at 66-65, Northwestern had the ball back with 16.1 seconds to play and Maggie Lyon had a great look from 3-point range that just missed. NU fouled the Huskers quickly and Rachel Theriot missed the front end of the bonus, giving the Wildcats one last shot but Ashley Deary was unable to get her half-court heave off before time expired, giving Nebraska the narrow 66-65 win.
INMAN SHINES IN LAST TWO
Christen Inman has stepped up offensively in the last two games, leading the team with a career-high 27 points vs. Northeastern and another 19 at Nebraska. Inman is just the second Big Ten player this year to go 100.0 percent from the field with at least eight field goals as Darryce Moore of Ohio State went 9-of-9 vs. VCU. NU records list top single-game field goal percentages with a minimum of nine attempts but Inman's perfect game ranks up there with Patricia Babcock who went 10-10 vs. Wake Forest on Dec. 4, 1993 and Mary Murphy, who was 9-9 vs. St. Francis on Dec. 10, 1977.
DOUGLAS DELIVERS IN NEW ROLE
Sophomore forward Lauren Douglas started all but one game for the Wildcats a year ago, but this year, she has emerged as one of the top sixth players in the country. The Collierville, Tenn., native is one of the first players off the bench for NU and she has put up impressive numbers in a reserve role, averaging 11.2 points per game (fourth on the team) on .462 from the field while also grabbing 4.4 rebounds in just 23.0 minutes per contest. Last year, Douglas averaged 9.2 ppg on .368 from the field with 4.6 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per game.
In the last seven games, she has improved her offensive production, averaging 13.1 points per game with four games in double figures, including a career-high 26 points vs. DePaul. During that seven-game span, Douglas averaged 23.1 minutes a game.
WHERE THEY RANK
Here's a look at where Northwestern ranks amongst NCAA Division I in a few statistical categories:
Blocks: 2nd (7.2 bpg)
FG% Defense 14th (33.8)
Assists/Game: 34th (17.0)
Steals/Game: 45th (10.3)
TO Margin: 44th (+3.79)
Scoring Defense: 58th (60.3)
Assists: Ashley Deary: 13th (6.6 apg)
Blocks: Nia Coffey: 27th (2.5)
Blocks: Alex Cohen: 50th (2.0)
Steals: Ashley Deary: 46th (2.57)
-NCAA stats and rankings as of Jan. 6
2013-14 Record: 10-3, 0-1 B1G
All-Time Series Record: Purdue leads 44-20; Purdue won last meeting, 77-73, Jan. 24, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind.
Notable: Purdue was on a five-game winning streak heading into conference play but Ohio State snapped the Boilermakers' streak with an 89-78 win in their Big Ten opener. KK Houser leads the team with 16.0 points per game while Courtney Moses adds 14.7 points on .493 from the field. Purdue is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the Big Ten, averaging a conference-best 7.5 3-pointers per game and shoots .398 from behind the arc, which is second.
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