Jan. 26, 2013
Northwestern (9-10, 1-5 Big Ten)
NU vs. IU Game Notes
vs. Indiana (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten)
Monday, Jan. 28 • 6 p.m. CT
Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
TV: Big Ten Network (Live)
• Eric Collins (play-by-play)
• LaChina Robinson (color)
• Kara Lentz (sideline)
Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
Northwestern returns to Welsh-Ryan Arena Monday and is back on the Big Ten Network, hosting Indiana at 6 p.m. The Wildcats are scheduled to wear their black Under Armour uniforms Monday and fans in attendance will receive a FREE black Northwestern basketball t-shirt while supplies last. There also will be a FREE shuttle for students, starting at 5:15 p.m. at the Arch on campus. Also, be sure to stay in your seats at halftime to watch a performance by the NU Drum Line.
Monday begins a busy week for the Wildcats that includes three games in seven days. After Indiana visits Evanston, NU is back home Thursday, hosting No. 25 Michigan State at 7 p.m. The ’Cats then play their third game of the week, Sunday, Feb. 3 at Iowa at 1 p.m. CT.
LAST TIME OUT
Northwestern staged a huge second-half comeback Thursday night against No. 15/13 Purdue but could not overcome the deficit as the Boilermakers hung on for the 77-73 victory. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 19 points in the second half but went on a 17-4 run to pull within six (60-54) and trailed by just two points (71-69) with 28 seconds left. Purdue converted all six of its free throws to close the game.
Four Wildcats finished in double figures as freshman forward Maggie Lyon led the way with 18 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Senior forward Kendall Hackney added 17 points, including 11 in the second half. Sophomore guard Karly Roser had 14 points to go with eight assists and freshman forward Lauren Douglas added 12 points.
NU had just one 3-pointer in the first half but finished with seven, including four in the final 7:22. The Wildcats shot 46.2 percent from the field while limiting Purdue to just 39.7 percent. Courtney Moses led all players with 26 points as she was 8-of-13 from the field (four 3-pointers) and made all six of her free throws. Sam Ostarello had a double-double, tallying 10 points and 16 rebounds.
NU freshman Maggie Lyon has the most 3-pointers on the team, scoring 28 in her 14 games played to average 2.0 3’s per game. Lyon has recorded two-or-more 3-pointers in 10 games this year and the ’Cats are 7-3 in those contests. Her four 3-pointers against Boston College and Howard tie for an NU season high with Kendall Hackney (four vs. Ole Miss) and Dannielle Diamant (four vs. UT-Martin) and all four games were victories for the Wildcats.
Senior forward Kendall Hackney has never missed a game in her Wildcat career. Since her freshman year, Hackney has been a consistent presence in the NU lineup, playing 115 consecutive games, which ranks ninth in school history. She also made her 86th-consecutive appearance in the starting lineup (103 total) Thursday against Purdue.
Northwestern has faced four ranked opponents this year and has been competitive against some of the best teams in the country. NU trailed by as many as 19 points in the second half against No. 13 Purdue and came within two points with less than 30 seconds to play, but couldn’t escape West Lafayette with the victory. NU opened its Big Ten schedule on the road against the highest-ranked team in the conference, Penn State, who was ranked No. 9 at the time, and also played then-No. 9 Cal on Dec. 17. The Wildcats played both ranked foes close, losing by just six points (71-65) to the Bears. Cal came into its game vs. NU defeating its opponents by an average of 24.4 points per game. The four-point PSU victory against NU was the slimmest margin of victory all season for the Nittany Lions.
2012-13 Record: 10-9, 1-5 B1G
All-Time Series Record: IU leads 36-31
Of Note: This is the second meeting of the season between Northwestern and Indiana as the ’Cats look to avenge the 68-64 IU victory in Bloomington on Jan. 6. Since that game, Indiana has dropped four straight and after scoring 68 points against the Wildcats, the Hoosiers have only put up 46 points or less in each of their last four losses. Last week, Indiana played two games at home, falling 56-46 vs. Michigan State and 61-43 against Michigan.
Aulani Sinclair is IU’s leading scorer, averaging 17.8 points per game, shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from long distance.
Indiana is under the direction of first-year head coach Curt Miller, who spent the previous 11 seasons at Bowling Green State University.
NU is back at home Thursday, Jan. 31, hosting No. 25 Michigan State at 7 p.m. inside Welsh-Ryan Arena.
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