Jan. 10, 2005
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will hit the road for the first time in 2005 Thursday when it travels to Indiana to face a Hoosier squad still looking for their first Big Ten victory of the season. The Wildcats are coming off a three-game home stand after opening the conference slate on Dec. 30 at league-leading Minnesota.
NU and Indiana played to a 58-55 overtime decision won by the Hoosiers in last year's matchup at Assembly Hall before the Wildcats defeated IU, 48-36, at Welsh-Ryan Arena for Northwestern's lone Big Ten win a season ago.
The Wildcats are coming off a 73-65 defeat at the hands of Illinois, but again put together some impressive spurts of basketball. Trailing by 13 at the half, NU came roaring back to briefly take the lead with 10:47 remaining thanks to a 14-2 run.
In that game, Northwestern assisted on 23 of its 24 baskets for a 95.8 percent assist-to-basket-made ratio. That total currently ranks second in the nation for the 2004-05 season. Sophomore A.J. Glasauer (Freiburg, Germany/Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium) recorded 10 assists in the game, a career-high and the best single-game total for any Big Ten player this season.
Also against Illinois, four Wildcats scored in double-figures for the third time this season. Junior Ifeoma Okonkwo (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) had 19 points while senior Sarah Kwasinski (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick) scored 14 and senior Samantha McComb (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) and freshman Sara Stutz (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) both contributed 13 points.
McComb currently ranks in the top 10 of the Big Ten conference in 3-point percentage (.378, 7th); assists per game (3.76, 7th) and free throw percentage (.854, 8th). As a team, the Wildcats rank third in the league with 16.06 assists per game.
Indiana started the season with a 7-4 nonconference mark, but has dropped its first three Big Ten contests. The Hoosiers are led by Cyndi Valentin and her 16.5 points per game--more than 10 points ahead of the next-highest scorer on the IU roster. Angela Hawkins is the top Indiana rebounder with 7.0 per game.
Indiana ranks dead last in the conference in scoring, putting up only 53.2 points per game, but makes up for it by having the second-best scoring defense in the Big Ten at 51.8 points per contest.
NU stays on the road for its next two games: Jan. 16 at Iowa and Jan. 23 at Ohio State.
All-Time Record: NU leads, 28-23
Last Meeting: 48-36, NU (Feb. 12, 2004)
Series Streak: 1, NU