Jan. 22, 2013
Northwestern (9-9, 1-4 Big Ten)
NU vs. Purdue Game Notes
at #15/13 Purdue (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 24 • 7:30 p.m. CT
Mackey Arena (West Lafayette, Ind.)
TV: Big Ten Network (Live)
• Lisa Byington (play-by-play; Northwestern women’s basketball, 1994-98),
• Mary Murphy (color; Northwestern women’s basketball, 1976-80)
• Kara Lentz (sideline)
Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
Northwestern makes its Big Ten Network debut Thursday, visiting No. 15/13 Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. CT inside Mackey Arena.
A pair of former Northwestern women’s basketball players is on the call for the Big Ten Network as Lisa Byington will provide play-by-play and Mary Murphy is on color. Byington played for the Wildcats from 1995-98 and earned a BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern. She also played soccer at NU. Murphy was a two-year captain for the Wildcats and finalist for the Wade Trophy as one of the top players in the country during her time in Evanston (1976-80).
LAST TIME OUT
Northwestern played in-state rival Illinois for the second time in 11 days and picked up the 62-58 victory Sunday afternoon 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. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon’s layup put NU ahead 60-58 with 1:32 to play and sophomore forward 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.
The Illini did most of their damage scoring-wise from the free throw line, going 23-of-26. They were shooting over a 90 percent clip for most of the game before McKenzie Piper missed two in the closing 30 seconds. The NU defense limited Illinois to just 16-of-61 from the field for 26.2 percent.
NU finished 21-of-46 for 45.7 percent from the field and went 15-of-25 from the stripe, but made their final five attempts.
HIGH MARKS FOR HACKNEY
Senior forward Kendall Hackney led NU in scoring in both games last week, tallying 18 vs. Michigan and had her fourth 20-point outing of the season Sunday at Illinois, scoring 21. Hackney was well over her season averages last week, averaging 19.5 points per game (15.1 ppg average on season) on 58.6 percent from the field (44.7 percent season average). As NU’s leading scorer, Hackney has paced the Wildcats in scoring in eight games this year, including each of the last four.
The senior played in her 114th career game Sunday at Illinois, which ties for ninth, with Heather Ertel (1989-93) in NU history. Hackney also made her 85th-consecutive appearance in the starting lineup (102 total). More impressive is that Hackney has scored in double-figures in 73 of the 114 games (or 64.0 percent of her games played). Here’s a look at her 10+ point games the last four years:
COUNT ON COHEN
Sophomore forward Alex Cohen has been productive in her time off the bench the last two games. Against Illinois, she registered her first career double-double, with a career-best 12 points and 10 rebounds. Her two free throws with 19 seconds left secured the Wildcat victory over Illinois and broke her previous career-high in scoring of 11 points (at UNLC, 12/18/11). Cohen also grabbed seven rebounds against Michigan, to average 8.5 rebounds last week. She is averaging 5.0 rebounds per game in Big Ten contests, which is well-above her 3.1 rpg season average.
Northwestern is 5-0 when they have a player finish with 20+ points. Kendall Hackney had the seventh 20+-point outing for a Northwestern player so far this season Sunday at Illinois. She is one of four Wildcats to score at least 20+ points and is the only one to have multiple 20+-point games. Here’s the list and the NU outcomes:
OPPONENT PROFILE: PURDUE
2012-13 Record: 15-3, 4-1 B1G
All-Time Series Record: Purdue leads 43-19
Of Note: This is the lone meeting of the season between the Wildcats and Boilermakers. Purdue dropped its first Big Ten game of the season Sunday, falling 62-46 at Iowa. Prior to Sunday’s game, Purdue’s only losses were to No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Connecticut. The Boilermakers had an interesting start to the conference schedule, playing three-straight overtime contests. Purdue edged Illinois 67-66 in overtime the conference opener, defeated Nebraska 69-66 in extra time and after three overtimes, outlasted Ohio State 82-75.
Courtney Moses leads Purdue in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game. Sam Ostarello is averaging a double-double with 10.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
NU is back at home and back on the Big Ten Network, Monday, Jan. 28, when Indiana visits Welsh-Ryan Arena for the second meeting of the season. Tip is set for 6 p.m. CT.
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