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    Allison Mocchi leads the Wildcats to the Breslin Center for the last time in her career.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Allison Mocchi leads the Wildcats to the Breslin Center for the last time in her career.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 8, 2012

    Northwestern (13-10, 3-7) at Michigan State (14-9, 6-4)
    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
    Breslin Center (14,797)
    East Lansing, Mich. • 5 p.m. CT
    Television: BTN (Mike Wolf, pbp; Patricia Babcock-McGraw, color; Megan Bower, sideline)
    Gametracker: MSUSpartans.com
    Radio: WNUR, 89.3 FM
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE

    Northwestern2.9.12GameNotes Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After receiving a bye this past weekend, Northwestern once again returns to the road, this time traveling to East Lansing for a 5 p.m. CT contest Thursday against Michigan State. The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and former Wildcat Patricia Babcock-McGraw on the call.

    It is the first meeting between the two teams this season, but it will not be the last, as the Spartans visit Evanston on the last day of the regular season. MSU is coming off a 65-63 victory at Michigan Sunday.

    Up Next...
    The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of Welsh-Ryan Arena for their first home game in two weeks on Sunday, when they entertain Penn State. Tip is set for Noon and can be seen live on the Big Ten Network. Northwestern will be hosting its National Girls and Women in Sports Day event prior to the game and it also is the Wildcats' Play4Kay breast cancer awareness day. For more information on both events, visit NUsports.com.

    Last Time Out... Northwestern mounted a valiant second-half effort--coming all the way back from a 16-point first-half deficit to tie the game--but couldn't overtake Michigan, falling 79-68 at the Crisler Center Thursday night. Morgan Jones paced NU with 25 points, two shy of her career-high, while Dannielle Diamant turned in her second-straight 20-point performance for the visitors.

    Opponent Profile
    Michigan State Spartans
    2011-12 Record: 14-9, 6-4
    Series History: Michigan State, 36-22
    Last Meeting: March 4, 2011, Indianapolis, Ind., Big Ten Tournament Second Round--Michigan State 56, Northwestern 25
    Of Note: The Wildcats are seeking their first win in East Lansing since 1993.

    Jones Picks Up Fourth Weekly Honor Of The Season
    Freshman Morgan Jones was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her game-high 25-point performance at Michigan, the Conference office announced today (Feb. 7). It is the fourth such honor for Jones this season. The Altamonte Springs, Fla., native scored nearly a point per minute, and fell just two points short of matching her career-high in Thursday's game. Jones recorded five assists against just two turnovers while also adding seven rebounds and three steals in the Wildcats' only game last week.

    Hackney Named Academic All-District
    Junior Kendall Hackney was tabbed a Capital One Academic-All District selection for the second time in as many years, CoSIDA announced Thursday (2/9/12). Hackney, a communication studies major, will now be placed on the Academic All-American national ballot.
    Hackney currently ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 15.1 ppg, and is 12th in rebounding with 6.4 rpg. The Cincinnati, Ohio native became the most recent addition to NU's 1,000th-point club, reaching that plateau on Jan. 26 against Purdue. She now owns 1,030 points and is 11 rebounds away from 500 on her career.

    Diamant Surging
    Junior Dannielle Diamant's 13.8 ppg average this season is the second-highest year-to-year increase among Big Ten players. Diamant averaged 2.8 ppg last season, marking an 11-point increase between 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Las Vegas native is averaging 18.4 ppg over the past seven contests, leading the team in scoring in all but two of those games. She also has turned in double-double performances in three out of the last four games and has tallied double figures on 16 occasions.

    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 16th in the nation according to the latest NCAA statistics (2.5.12). 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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