Jan. 15, 2013
Northwestern (8-8,0-3 Big Ten)
vs. #25/rv Michigan (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
NU vs. Michigan Game Notes
With a home-court advantage, Northwestern will face off against No. 25 Michigan in its second conference home game of the season Thursday at 7 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena. After falling to the Fighting Illini Thursday, the ‘Cats are looking to put a blemish on Michigan’s 3-0 Big Ten record. Michigan will prove to be a challenge as they are looking to win a 10th consecutive game before heading back home to play No. 8 Penn State Monday.
FEBRUARY 10 - NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
Make plans now to attend the National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) event at Welsh-Ryan Arena at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 10! The second-annual event gives girls in the 4th-12th grades the unique opportunity to chat with Northwestern student-athletes, coaches and other prominent women working in the sports industry.
This event runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m., prior to the game vs. Ohio State. There will be roundtable discussions that feature various topics relative to women playing sports and working in athletics and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss these topics in a small group setting. Participants must pre-register for this event and can do so by filling out this form (PDF) or by picking up a flyer at an upcoming Northwestern women’s basketball game. Tickets for the event are just $3 for participants and family members and that price covers the event, as well as a ticket to the women’s basketball game.
2013 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Another event to take note of is the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which moves to the state of Illinois this year at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates. The tournament runs from March 7-10 and tickets are now available for purchase. Visit Big Ten Tournament Central for more information.
The Big Ten schedule is always challenging and the ’Cats face two opponents in the next three games that are atop the conference, beginning with Thursday’s game against No. 25 Michigan. The Wolverines are 3-0 in the standings and tie with Purdue and Penn State for the Big Ten lead. Northwestern plays the Boilermakers, who are ranked No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, next Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind.
With her 14 points last Thursday at Illinois, senior forward Kendall Hackney moved into sole possession of 10th on the NU career scoring list. Hackney has 1,367 career points and is now chasing Amy Prichard (1980-82), who is in ninth with 1,533 career points. Hackney also played her 112th career game against Illinois, which ties for 10th all-time.
Hackney and senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant both rank in the top 10 all-time in blocks. Diamant’s 73 swats ties for sixth, while Hackney is close behind with 71 to rank eighth.
’CATS ON THE BLOCK
Northwestern continues to lead the Big Ten in blocks, averaging 6.2 per contest, and much of this is thanks to the NU trio of freshman forward Lauren Douglas, senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant and sophomore forward Alex Cohen. All three rank in the top 15 with Douglas’s 1.8 blocks per game ranking sixth to lead the team. Diamant is close behind at 1.5 blocks per game to rank seventh and Cohen’s 0.9 per game is 15th. Douglas is the only freshman in the conference to rank in the top 15 in blocks and her six blocks against Hofstra ties for the second-highest single-game total in the conference this year. Purdue’s Sam Ostarello had eight blocks on Monday against Ohio State.
OPPONENT PROFILE: MICHIGAN
2012-13 Record: 14-2, 3-0 B1G
All-Time Series Record:
NU leads 36-25
Of Note: Michigan is coming off a 54-45 win at home against Wisconsin last Sunday. Senior guard Jenny Ryan had nine points over the final minute of the game and scored a career-high 19 points. Michigan has won nine games in a row, their longest winning streak since 2002, and is currently ranked No. 25 in the latest AP poll and receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This is the first time in program history that Michigan has gone 3-0 in the conference. So far the Wolverines are 9-1 with their starting lineup of Nya Jordan, Rachel Sheffer, Nicole Elmblad, Jenny Ryan and Kate Thompson.
This is head coach Kim Barnes Arico’s first season with the Wolverines, having previously spent 10 seasons coaching at St. John’s. She led her team to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
The ‘Cats head back out on the road, traveling to Champaign, Ill., on Sunday for a 2 p.m. CT tip vs. Illinois. This is the second meeting in 11 days between the Wildcats and Fighting Illini.
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