Feb. 4, 2013
Northwestern (11-11, 3-6 Big Ten)
vs. (RV/RV) Nebraska (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 7 • 7 p.m.
Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
Live WNUR Audio
Live Stats: Gametracker
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
NU vs. Nebraska Game Notes
Fresh off a thrilling 67-65 victory at No. 24/25 Iowa on the road Sunday, Northwestern returns home to Welsh-Ryan Arena hosting Nebraska on Thursday at 7 p.m. This is the first visit to Welsh-Ryan Arena for the Huskers since joining the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers are currently receiving votes in the Associate Press and USA Today coaches polls, and mark the third-consecutive NU opponent that has appeared in the polls at the time of the game (No. 24/25 Iowa, Michigan State was receiving votes in the AP poll).
LAST TIME OUT
Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, Northwestern stormed back to earn a 67-65 victory over No. 24/25 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday afternoon. Karly Roser's coast-to-coast layup beat the buzzer to secure the win for the Wildcats, their first in Iowa City since 1995.
Facing a 48-37 deficit with 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Wildcats clawed back in with a 12-1 run - sparked by seven points from Kendall Hackney - to tie the game at 49-49. Hackney began the game by going 1-of-6 from the field, but lit up the Iowa defense for 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the second half.
Tied at 65-65 after a jumper by Dixon with just five seconds remaining, Roser took the inbounds pass and raced the length of the floor, sinking a leaning layup as the buzzer sounded. The officials checked the replay monitor for several minutes before determining the basket was good, and the Wildcats had earned their first win at Carver-Hawkeye in over 17 years.
Hackney led Northwestern with 18 points in the victory, and was one of four Wildcats in double figures. Playing in her 100th career game, Dannielle Diamant chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds, Roser registered 11 points and eight assists, and Alex Cohen delivered eight rebounds in just 15 minutes of action.
ON THE HORIZON...
It's another busy week for Northwestern as the 'Cats are also at home Sunday, Feb. 10, hosting Ohio State at 3 p.m., and there are a number of special events surrounding that game.
First, be sure to stop by Welsh-Ryan Arena before the game to take part in the National Girls & Women in Sports Day event, being held at the N Club from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This event gives girls in the 4th-12th grades the opportunity to talk with Northwestern student-athletes, coaches and other women in the sports industry and noted sports journalist Sarah Spain (espnW, ESPNChicago.com, ESPN 1000) will provide the keynote address. Tickets are just $3 for participants and their families and that also includes admission into the NU women's basketball game at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged (PDF) and tickets can be picked up the day of the event. For additional registration information, please contact Heather Van Hoegarden Obering at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 847-491-7723.
On Sunday, the Wildcats will honor breast cancer survivors from Northwestern Memorial's Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University for the team's annual WBCA Pink Zone game. Additionally, there will be facts about breast cancer throughout the game and FREE t-shirts to fans arriving early. As always, the team will be showing their support for the event, sporting pink jerseys and accessories.
HITTING THEIR STRIDE
Northwestern has been victorious in three of its last five games and was close in the two narrow losses, falling 77-73 at No. 13 Purdue and 67-62 to Michigan State, who was receiving votes in the polls. Here's a look at NU's stats in the last five games, compared to its season stats:
||Opponent 3-pt FG%
Freshman forward Maggie Lyon had three 3-pointers Sunday in NU's win at Iowa, marking the 12th time this season the Wilmette, Ill., native has had at least two 3-pointers in a game. NU tends to find results when Lyon hits from long-range as the 'Cats are 9-3 when she scores two-or-more 3-pointers in a game. Lyon is averaging 2.1 3-point FGs per game, which ranks ninth in the conference. She is the only freshman in the Big Ten to rank in the top 15 in 3-point FG made.
2012-13 Record: 16-6, 6-3 B1G
All-Time Series Record: Nebraska leads 4-2
Of Note: This is just the seventh meeting all-time between the Wildcats and Cornhuskers and Thursday's game marks Nebraska's first trip to Welsh-Ryan Arena as a member of the Big Ten Conference. These two teams played twice last year with the 'Cats capturing the 63-51 victory over then-No. 16 Nebraska in Lincoln and the Huskers won the rematch in the Big Ten Tournament.
Nebraska brings a four-game winning streak into Thursday's contest, defeating Minnesota twice, Michigan State and Ohio State. Two players are averaging 15.0 points or more as Jordan Hooper ranks fourth in the Big Ten at 19.0 points per game and Lindsey Moore contributes 15.0 ppg, which ranks 10th. Hooper is also one of the best rebounders in the Big Ten as her 8.6 rpg clip comes in at fourth.
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