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    'Cats Look to Continue Winning Ways Thursday vs. MSU

    Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant recorded her 500th career rebound Monday against Indiana.

    Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant recorded her 500th career rebound Monday against Indiana.

    Jan. 30, 2013

    Northwestern (10-10, 2-5 Big Ten)
    vs. RV/-- Michigan State (16-4, 4-3 Big Ten)

    Thursday, Jan. 31 • 7 p.m.
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
    TV: Big Ten Digital Network
    Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

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    Northwestern plays its second of three games this week, hosting Michigan State at 7 p.m. Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU kicked off the week with a 53-39 win over Indiana Monday night and closes out the week on the road at No. 24/25 Iowa Sunday at 1 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Michigan State is currently receiving votes (4) in the latest Associated Press poll.

    Northwestern cruised by Indiana Monday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena, limiting the Hoosiers to just 21.0 percent from the field in the 53-39 Wildcat victory. Indiana was unable to match up against NU’s defensive tactics and finished just 13-of-62 from the field.

    NU saw three players score in the double digits. Senior center Dannielle Diamant had a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists while freshman forward Maggie Lyon wasn’t far behind with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Kendall Hackney contributed 11 points and also had seven rebounds and two assists.

    Two players off the bench finished in double figures for Indiana as Sasha Chaplin led IU with 14 points and Nicole Bell had 10. IU’s leading scorer this season, Aulani Sinclair, who had 31 points in the first meeting between these two teams, finished with two points on 1-of-13 from the field.

    After an 11-11 tie early in the game, NU outscored IU 15-4 to close the first half with the 26-15 lead and never looked back. The Hoosiers were 0-of-11 from 3-point range and just 5-of-31 from the field in the first half.

    Northwestern’s defense on Monday set a few marks as Indiana’s 39 points were the lowest point total for a Big Ten opponent since Feb. 12, 2004. That game also featured Indiana, as NU defeated the Hoosiers 48-36. On Monday, IU was held to just 21.0 percent from the field, which is the lowest field goal percentage for an NU opponent since Nov. 20, 2009, when SIUE shot 19.4 percent on 12-of-62 from the field.

    NU is 7-4 so far this year on its home court at Welsh-Ryan Arena and recorded its first Big Ten home victory Monday night against Indiana. NU is averaging 65.6 points per game at Welsh-Ryan Arena, which is above its season average of 64.6. Here’s how the ’Cats compare at home vs. their overall season stats:

    Home Overall
    65.6 Points Per Game 64.6
    59.5 Opp. Points Per Game 63.9
    .431 FG% .417
    .334 Opp. FG% .348
    42.1 Rebounds 39.5
    17.1 Assists 15.8
    8.3 Steals 7.7

    Freshman Maggie Lyon put up some notable numbers in NU’s two games at No. 13/15 Purdue and vs. Indiana. She led Northwestern in scoring for the fourth time this season against Purdue with 18 points on 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. She followed that up Monday, with 13 points, including another 3-for-5 from long distance and also grabbed four rebounds and had three assists. Here are Lyon’s offensive numbers in the last two games compared to her season averages:

    PPG FG% 3FG% 3's per game
    Last 2 15.5 .545 .600 3.0
    Overall 12.7 .390 .344 2.1

    NU heads out on the road Sunday, taking on No. 24/25 Iowa. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


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