Feb. 5, 2014
NU vs. Michigan Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern is back home at Welsh-Ryan Arena Thursday night, hosting Michigan in the lone meeting of the year for the two schools. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. as Thursday’s game is one of three remaining regular-season home games at Welsh-Ryan Arena for the 2013-14 season.
Here are some news and notes ahead of Thursday’s contest vs. the Wolverines:
LAST TIME OUT
Northwestern utilized a strong second half comeback to put the Big Ten leaders, No. 12/13 Penn State on the ropes but the Lady Lions hung on for the 79-75 victory Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Fueled by a career-high 26 points by Maggie Lyon, including 21 in the second half, NU led by four down the stretch after trailing by as many as 20 points in the first.
Lyon and Lauren Douglas both had big numbers in the second half, helping NU outscore PSU 44-35. Douglas had 12 second half points before fouling out late in the game to finish with 15 points and nine rebounds. Alex Cohen also had a solid effort for NU with a career-high 18 points while Christen Inman added 11. Ashley Deary matched a career-high with 11 assists. All of these players stepped up in the absence of NU’s leading scorer and rebounder, as Nia Coffey missed her first game of the year with an injury.
STEADY AS SHE GOES
Christen Inman has been a consistent scoring threat for the Wildcats during the Big Ten season. She has scored in double figures in seven of NU’s nine conference games to average 12.7 ppg in Big Ten games. She also ranks second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage through nine conference games at .583, narrowly behind conference leader Bethany Doolittle of Iowa who is .585 from the field. Inman is the only guard to rank in the top eight in the conference for field goal percentage in Big Ten only games as the others in the top eight are post players.
WE WANT (FOUR) MORE
Alex Cohen needs four more blocks to reach career block No. 100. The junior currently has 96 blocks to rank fifth in program history. If she can reach the 100-block milestone, she will join four other Wildcats who have 100+ blocks in their NU careers. That group includes Amy Jaeschke (357, 2007-11), Sarah Kwasinski (216, 2001-05), Anucha Browne (174, 1982-85) and Christina Braden (106, 1992-96). Cohen needs 10 more blocks to tie Braden for fourth in NU history. She currently leads the team, averaging 2.4 blocks per game which ranks 29th in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball.
Northwestern is 2-1 in its last three contest, with two of those games coming against ranked opponents. All three have been tight contests with NU holding a +2.0 margin of victory. Maggie Lyon is averaging 15.0 ppg in the last three to lead the Wildcats while Lauren Douglas has improved her numbers averaging 13.0 ppg to rank second and a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game. Alex Cohen has 14 blocks in the last three games, giving her an average of 4.7 blocks per game.
JOIN THE ’CATS FOR NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
Before the Wildcats take on Minnesota at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, arrive at Welsh-Ryan Arena early to participate in the third annual National Girls & Women In Sports Day event at Northwestern. This event is open to girls in the 4th-12th grades and they have the unique opportunity to interact with Northwestern student-athletes, staff and coaches in a roundtable setting. This year, Northwestern lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller will serve as the keynote speaker. As the architect of the NU lacrosse program that has won seven national championships, Amonte Hiller has an impressive list of accomplishments to her name that include five IWLCA National Coach of the Year honors, induction into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012 and she was recently named to Crain’s Chicago “40 Under 40” list.
For registration information, pick up a flyer in the lobby of Welsh-Ryan Arena (or click this link) or contact Heather Obering at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 847-491-7723.
2013-14 Record: 14-8, 5-4 B1G
All-Time Series Record: NU leads, 36-29; Michigan won last meeting, 55-50 on Feb. 28, 2013 in Ann Arbor.
Notable: Michigan has dropped its last two Big Ten games, falling at Nebraska (84-51) and vs. Minnesota (85-69). Michigan is one of the best rebounding teams in the conference, with a Big Ten-best +8.3 rebounding margin. Two Wolverines rank in the top five in the conference for rebounds as Cyesha Goree’s 9.4 rpg is third (3.9 offensive rebounds per game leads the Big Ten) while Nicole Elmblad averages 8.0 rpg to rank fifth. Shannon Smith is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.5 ppg to rank 14th in the Big Ten. Goree ranks second in the conference with a .553 field goal percentage.
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