Jan. 25, 2012
Northwestern (12-8, 2-5) vs. Purdue (17-3, 7-0)
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, Ill. 7 p.m.
Live Streaming: Wildcats All-Access (BTN.com)
Radio: WNUR, 89.3 FM
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
EVANSTON, Ill. --Northwestern welcomes No. 13 and Big Ten front runner Purdue to Welsh-Ryan Arena for a 7 p.m. contest Thursday evening. The Wildcats are looking to resume their winning ways after dropping a pair of games last week to Michigan and Wisconsin. Following this week's games, NU is home only three more times this season.
The Wildcats remain at home this Sunday and entertain another team from the Hoosier state--Indiana. Tip is set for 2 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena and will be carried live on BTDN/Wildcats All-Access.
Last Time Out...
Junior Dannielle Diamant notched her second double-double of the year--a 13-point, 10 rebound effort--but it was not enough as Northwestern dropped a 75-55 decision to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center Sunday. Morgan Jones joined Diamant in double figures with 11 points and seven rebounds. With the loss, Northwestern falls to 12-8 on the year and 2-5 in Big Ten play.
2011-12 Record: 17-3, 7-0
Series History: Purdue leads, 42-19
Last Meeting: Jan. 16, 2011, West Lafayette, Purdue, 54-43
Of Note: Northwestern will be looking to repeat history in Welsh-Ryan Arena tonight, as it last beat Purdue 76-64 on Jan. 2, 2011 in Evanston. Five `Cats recorded double figures in that win, including Kendall Hackney with 18 points and five rebounds and Allison Mocchi, who added 10 points and four boards. This season, the Boilermakers are the frontrunner in the Big Ten race, most recently preserving their undefeated mark by defeating Michigan State 67-49 Monday night in West Lafayette.
Hackney Approaches 1,000-Point Plateau
Junior Kendall Hackney needs just two more points to join the 1,000-point club. Hackney would be the 14th Wildcat to reach the milestone. Former teammate Amy Jaeschke is the most recent Wildcat to join the club back in 2010. With four rebounds against Wisconsin, Hackney is 47 rebounds away from 500 on her career.
Junior Dannielle Diamant's 12.6 ppg average this season is the second-highest year-to-year increase among Big Ten players. Diamant averaged 2.8 ppg last season, marking a 9.8 point increase between 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Las Vegas native is averaging 16.8 ppg over the past five contests, leading the team in scoring in all but one of those games.
Northwestern boasts the second-most productive freshman class in the Big Ten, with first-year players Karly Roser, Morgan Jones and Alex Cohen accounting for 24.5 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game.
Jones is the only Big Ten Freshman currently ranked among the top-15 league leaders in both points (13th - 14.5ppg) and rebounds (12th - 6.1rpg).
Roser is setting the standard for Freshman guard play in the Big Ten, leading all rookies in assists (5.4), steals (2.0) and field-goal percentage (.471). Her 5.4 assists per game are also good for fourth best in the conference overall, while she remains in the top-ten in both steals (9th) and field-goal percentage (10th).
Kendall Hackney and Morgan Jones have been two busy Wildcats this year. The pair has combined for 47 percent (585/1,245) of Northwestern's offensive production and are the team's top rebounders. Those two are the only Big Ten duo currently ranked in the top-15 in both scoring (7th, 13th) and rebounding (14th, 12th).
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