Feb. 1, 2012
Northwestern (13-9, 3-6) at Michigan (16-6, 5-4)
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
Crisler Center (12,721)
Ann Arbor, Mich. 5:30 p.m. CT
Television: BTN (Dan Kelly, pbp; Lisa Stone, color; Megan Bower, sideline)
Radio: WNUR, 89.3 FM
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern hits the road for a 5:30 CT matchup at Michigan Thursday. The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly (pbp), Lisa Stone (color) and Megan Bower (sidelines) on the call. The Wildcats are coming off a 68-61 victory over Indiana Sunday afternoon, which gave them the season sweep.
Northwestern receives a bye this weekend before returning to action next Thursday, Feb. 9 for a road game at Michigan State. The contest will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. The Wildcats turnaround and host Penn State Sunday, Feb. 12 at noon. The game, which will be televised live on BTN, will serve as NU's National Girls and Women in Sports Day as well as its Pink Zone Game.
Last Time Out...
Northwestern fought off a late comeback bid by Indiana to claim a 68-61 victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena Sunday afternoon. Both Dannielle Diamant (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Kendall Hackney (16 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles for NU, the first duo to do so this year. With the win, the Wildcats swept the season series for the first time since the 1996-97 season and improved to 13-9.
2011-12 Record: 16-6, 5-4
Series History: Michigan, 37-25
Last Meeting: Jan. 19, 2012, Evanston, Michigan, 58-48
Of Note: This is the Wildcats' first trip to Crisler Center (formally Crisler Arena) since falling to the Wolverines in the 2010 WNIT Round of 16. The two teams played four times during the 2009-10 season, with NU picking up wins in both Evanston and Ann Arbor during the regular season and Michigan emerging victorious in both postseason clashes.
Hackney Becomes 14th Wildcat to Eclipse 1,000-Point Plateau
Junior Kendall Hackney's turnaround jumper just three minutes into Thursday's game against Purdue marked the 1,000th point of her career. Hackney becomes the 14th Wildcat to reach the mark. Former teammate Amy Jaeschke is the most recent Wildcat to join the club back in 2010. With eight rebounds Thursday, Hackney is 28 rebounds away from 500 on her career.
Junior Dannielle Diamant's 13.5 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 10.7 point increase between 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Las Vegas native is averaging 18.1 ppg over the past seven contests, leading the team in scoring in all but one of those games. She also has turned in three-straight double-double performances.
May I Assist You?
A trademark of Joe McKeown's teams have been their ability to move the ball and rack up assists. This year is no different, as the Wildcats are lead in the Big Ten, averaging 16.7 assists per outing. That number also ranks 19th in the nation according to the latest NCAA statistics (1.29.12). Against Morgan State, the Wildcats recorded a season-high 32 helps.
Complete game notes can be found by clicking on the PDF above.
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