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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Brittany Orban was 9-of-10 from the free throw line against Ohio State Thursday evening.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Brittany Orban was 9-of-10 from the free throw line against Ohio State Thursday evening.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 14, 2011

    Northwestern (14-4, 3-2) at Purdue (11-6, 2-3)
    Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
    Mackey Arena (14,123)
    West Lafayette, Ind. • 1 p.m.
    Streaming Video: Purdue Website
    Gametracker: Purdue Website
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
    Northwestern Game Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern enters Sunday's 1 p.m. CT contest at Purdue riding the wave of momentum originating from back-to-back victories over Illinois and Ohio State--two teams whom the Wildcats had not beaten since the 1998-99 season. This is the second time NU has met the Boilermakers, with the 'Cats emerging victorious, 76-64, in the first encounter on Jan. 2 in Evanston. Sunday's game will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com.

    Last Time Against Purdue...
    Northwestern used a 48 percent second-half shooting effort to erase what had been a one-point halftime deficit and coast past Purdue, 76-64, at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Five `Cats reached double figures in scoring led by Amy Jaeschke's 23-point, 10-rebound effort. Kendall Hackney added 18 points, including 14 in the second half, while Meshia Reed, Beth Marshall and Allison Mocchi all added 10 points each.

    Recapping Ohio State...
    Senior Amy Jaeschke turned in a workmanlike 15-point, 12-rebound performance to spearhead a 64-53 triumph over No. 24 Ohio State Thursday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena, knocking off the Buckeyes for the first time since 1999. Brittany Orban contributed 13 points and nine rebounds while Kendall Hackney chipped in 11 points. It was Northwestern's first defeat of a ranked opponent since Nov. 24, 2009, when it upset then-No. 15 DePaul, 59-55.

     

     

    Bringing The Wildcats Back
    What Northwestern has accomplished in the past week--defeating Illinois and No. 24 Ohio State--is unprecedented in the past decade. The Wildcats snapped a 21-game losing streak dating back to Feb 5, 1999 with their 69-66 overtime victory over Illinois last Sunday. NU continued the trend Thursday against No. 24 Ohio State, claiming a win over the Bucks for the first time since that same year (Jan. 17, 1999), a 19-game drought.

    Charitable Cause
    Aside from Northwestern's defense, the Wildcats have taken advantage of their opportunities from the free-throw line to secure W's in the last two games. Northwestern has attempted the same number of free throws its opponents have made, converting on 29-of-37 (78.4 percent) of its attempts. Brittany Orban and Beth Marshall continue to execute from the line, going 11-of-12 and 6-of-6 from the line, respectively. NU's opponents, meanwhile, combined to shoot a dismal 48.3 percent.

    Mocchi Key Against Ohio State
    While it was easy to focus on the battle of the bigs--Amy Jaeschke and Jantel Lavender--Thursday night against Ohio State, the production of the supporting role players proved to be the difference. Allison Mocchi and Meshia Reed combined to score 16 points and pull down 12 rebounds in 29 minutes of action. Mocchi spearheaded NU's effort to regain the lead in the first half, coming in off the bench to single-handedly spark 5-0 run, grab four rebounds and force a turnover to give NU a 16-14 lead with under four minutes left in the frame. Her nine rebounds on the game was a career-best.

    Cleaning the Glass
    In each of the past two contests, Northwestern has recorded a season-high 51 rebounds, which is, on average, 10.5 more than its opponents. Brittany Orban leads the squad over the two games, averaging 11 rebounds, 12 of which were of the offensive variety. In conference games only, the 'Cats are fifth, out-rebounding their opponents by 2.5 per outing.

    Complete game notes can be found by clicking on the PDF above.

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