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    'Cats Back on Big Ten Network Sunday vs. Ohio State

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    Maggie Lyon and the 'Cats are back on the Big Ten Network Sunday vs. Ohio State at 3 p.m.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Maggie Lyon and the 'Cats are back on the Big Ten Network Sunday vs. Ohio State at 3 p.m.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 9, 2013

    Northwestern (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten)
    vs. Ohio State (13-10, 3-7 Big Ten)
    Sunday, Feb. 10 • 3 p.m.
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
    TV: Big Ten Network
    Dan Kelly (play-by-play)
    Shelley Till (color)
    Live Audio: www.wnur.org
    Gametracker: NUsports.com
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

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    SUNDAY’S GAME
    Northwestern looks to get back on the winning track, hosting Ohio State Sunday at 3 p.m. inside Welsh-Ryan Arena. Sunday’s tilt will air live on the Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly and Shelley Till on the call.
     
    NU has had recent success playing on Sunday’s, winning their last two. This is NU’s first Sunday home game since hosting Bowling Green on Dec. 9.
     
    SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SUNDAY
    There are a number of special events surrounding Sunday’s game vs. Ohio State so be sure to arrive early to take part in all of the activities! First, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., NU will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day with an event in 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. For additional registration information, please contact Heather Van Hoegarden Obering at h-hoegarden@northwestern.edu or by calling 847-491-7723.
     
    Northwestern will be wearing pink uniforms and shoes today in honor of the team’s annual WBCA Pink Zone game. The Wildcats will honor breast cancer survivors from Northwestern Memorial’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University during today’s game. Additionally, there will be facts about breast cancer throughout the game and FREE t-shirts to fans arriving early.

    Sunday’s game will also feature FREE face painting and a balloon artist for all fans and a poster-making station. Be sure to stay in your seats at halftime to watch the Jesse White Tumblers and then meet the ‘Cats for postgame autographs in the lobby.
     
    LAST TIME OUT
    The Cornhuskers snuck past Northwestern in a narrow 55-50 win Thursday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The ’Cats clawed back from a 13-point deficit (51-38), outscoring Nebraska 12-4 to end the game, but could not get over the hump as the Huskers hung on for the win. Nebraska was without a field goal for the final 7:29 of the contest, scoring its final six points on free throws.
     
    Freshman forward Lauren Douglas was the front-runner for the ‘Cats, scoring 14 points, grabbed six rebounds, had two blocks, two steals and two assists. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant was one point away from a double-double, grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with nine points. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
     
    Nebraska led by as many as 15 points in the second half but the ’Cats stayed close as Lyon drained a 3-pointer with 5:44 remaining, her first of the game, to spark the 12-4 run. Lyon then converted another from long distance, putting the score at 46-51 with 3:02 to play. A drive to the hoop by sophomore guard Karly Roser put the ’Cats within three (51-48) with just over a minute showing but the Huskers made their final four free throws to secure the victory.
     
    DOMINATING DEFENSE
    So far this season, Northwestern is limiting its opponents to just .349 from the field, good enough for second in the Big Ten. If you break that down even further to conference only games, Big Ten foes are shooting .337, which ranks first for field goal percentage defense. The Wildcats have stepped up their defense in the last six games, allowing five of those opponents to shoot under 40 percent. In fact, in NU’s 10 Big Ten games so far, only two opponents (Michigan, .451 and Michigan State, .418) have shot over 40 percent. NU has limited five opponents to under 30 percent and is 4-1 in those contests and has held 11 opponents under .350 percent from the field and the ’Cats are 8-3 in those games:
     
    DIAMANT DOMINATES GLASS
    Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds Thursday night vs. Nebraska. After just three rebounds in the first half, Diamant had 11 in the second to record her team-leading seventh game of the season with 10+ rebounds. Her 14 rebounds were the most by an NU player since Amy Jaeschke had 17 rebounds vs. Central Michigan on Dec. 11, 2010. Diamant, who recently surpassed the 500-rebound mark, is averaging a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the Big Ten.
     
    SCOUTING OHIO STATE
    2012-13 Record: 13-10, 3-7 B1G
    All-Time Series Record: OSU leads 38-17
    Of Note: Ohio State is coming off a double-overtime 65-59 victory at home against Wisconsin Thursday night. The Buckeyes have been victorious in their last two, also defeating Indiana 70-56 on the road.
     
    Senior guard Tayler Hill is the lone player to average double-figures for OSU and she is one of the highest-scoring players in the Big Ten, ranking second in the league with 20.9 ppg. Hill has upped her average in Big Ten games to lead the league with 23.1 ppg in OSU’s nine conference games.
     
    This is the lone meeting of the season between the Wildcats and Buckeyes. NU has won two of the last three meetings, sweeping the season series vs. OSU in 2011. The Buckeyes won last year’s game in Columbus, 82-72.
     
    UP NEXT
    NU has a week off of competition before returning to the court Sunday, Feb. 17 at Minnesota. Tip is set for 2 p.m. at Williams Arena.

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