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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Beth Marshall and the Wildcats host No. 5 Ohio State in a 7 p.m. showdown Thursday evening.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Beth Marshall and the Wildcats host No. 5 Ohio State in a 7 p.m. showdown Thursday evening.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 31, 2007

    Ohio State Game Notes
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern hosts No. 5 Ohio State at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back road games at Purdue and at Illinois while the Buckeyes defeated No. 10 Purdue, 64-55, Monday night in West Lafayette.

    Last Time Out
    Northwestern played an inspired second half, but it was not enough as Illinois bested the 'Cats, 77-49, Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall. A.J. Glasauer tallied 15 points--12 of which came in the second half--while Sara Stutz scored 14.

    After Illinois built a 12-6 lead to open the game, the 'Cats went on a 5-0 run to cut the advantage to one with 13 minutes remaining in the half. But the Illini exploded, outscoring NU 32-4 over the next 10 minutes to inflate the lead to 36-15 with 2:30 left before halftime.

    Illinois held a 39-19 lead at the break.

    The 'Cats' came out with a new level of intensity in the second half, nearly doubling their point total from the opening frame. Northwestern went on a 10-0 run midway through the stanza, fueled by eight-consecutive unanswered points by Glasauer, which followed four points from Stutz. NU forced four of its 12 turnovers during that span to cut the lead to 12 with 10:09 remaining in the game.

    Illinois slowly re-constructed the lead over the next 10 minutes, while holding NU to just seven points during that time.

    Northwestern also used a perfect 8-of-8 performance from the line to nearly outscore the Illini in the second half. The Wildcats' defense snatched the ball 10 times, the highest total in the last six games.

    Glasuer scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second stanza.

    Julie Bielawski and Kaitlin McInerney contributed six points each, while Melissa Miller led the 'Cats with six rebounds.

    Scouting the Buckeyes
    No. 5 Ohio State brings a 19-1, 8-0 record into the game against the Wildcats. The Buckeyes are off to their best start since 1972-73, with the lone loss of the season coming against No. 9 LSU. Ohio State is led by All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Jessica Davenport. The senior is leading the conference in points (18.9 ppg) and rebounds (9.9 rpg). Two other Buckeyes join Davenport in double-figures in Brandie Hoskins (14.9 ppg) and Marscilla Packer (10.5 ppg). The Buckeyes' starting lineup features three upperclassmen, a sophomore and a freshman.

    The Series with Ohio State
    Ohio State holds a 30-15 advantage against the Wildcats in the all-time series. The last time Northwestern defeated OSU was a 48-41 victory on Jan. 17, 1999. In the Jan. 14 meeting between these two teams, the Wildcats were led by Julie Bielawski who scored a season-high 11 points, while Sara Stutz chipped in 10.

    Anucha Browne To Be Spotlighted By Big Ten
    February is Black History Month and the Big Ten Conference announced its celebration of African-Americans on Big Ten campuses. During the month, the League's website (www.bigten.org) will feature a story on a male and female student-athlete from each institution. Northwestern's two outstanding African-American student-athletes the Conference chose to spotlight are Anucha Browne-Sanders and Ron Burton.

    Playing the Best to be the Best
    According to collegeRPI.com, Northwestern is playing the 28th strongest schedule in the country. The Wildcats' schedule includes six opponents in last season's AP top-25, and seven that are currently in the top-25, or receiving votes. Those seven include No. 5 Ohio State, No. 12 Purdue, No. 22 Mississippi, No. 23 Michigan State and No. 25 Nebraska. DePaul and Utah were among those receiving votes.

    Taking Care of the Rock
    Northwestern's 12 turnovers against Ohio State on Jan. 14 was the lowest of the season. The 'Cats forced a dozen Buckeye mishaps as well.

    For complete Ohio State notes, please click on the PDF above.