Feb. 15, 2008
Wisconsin Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern begins a three-game week by hosting Wisconsin Monday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Northwestern also will face Michigan State on Thursday and Penn State Sunday, the final home game of the 2007-08 campaign. Monday's battle is set for 8 p.m. CT and is being broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and over the airwaves on WNUR (89.3 FM).
Last Time Out ...
Northwestern shot 40 percent from the field but it wasn't enough as Michigan held on for a 47-40 victory Thursday evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Freshman Amy Jaeschke led the 'Cats with 15 points while fellow classmate Meshia Reed chipped in 12. Nadia Bibbs dished out a game-high 10 assists.
It was a four-point game with under a minute remaining, but the 'Cats were forced to foul and Michigan hit five-of-six free throws to seal the victory.
Jaeschke's 15 points came on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and she also added five rebounds. Jenny Eckhart had a solid all-around game as well, recording seven points, five rebounds and five assists.
Northwestern limited Michigan to just 27-percent shooting from the field and allowed only four three-pointers, a statistic Michigan leads the Big Ten in.
Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin holds a 5-8 conference mark in the Big Ten, good for ninth in the standings. While their record may not show it, their offensive production is among the best in the Big Ten. The Badgers are second in scoring offense, averaging 71.1 per game and first in offensive rebounds, averaging 16.9 per game. However, they are 10th in scoring defense, allowing 67.3 ppg. Senior leader and defending Big Ten scoring champion Jolene Anderson leads the conference with 20.7 ppg -- the only player averaging over 20.0 ppg. She is also at the top of the conference in rebounding (fifth), assists per game (sixth) and free throw percentage (third). Other key Badgers include Janese Banks (14.0 ppg), Danielle Ward (7.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Rae Lin D'Alie (4.13 apg). The trio of Anderson, Banks and Ward are all in the top seven in the conference in offensive rebounds. Wisconsin battled Illinois for a slight 66-64 victory at the Kohl Center on Thursday. Prior to that win, they suffered a tough 80-77 loss to Ohio State also at home.
The Series Against Wisconsin
Northwestern leads Wisconsin 28-26 in the all-time series, with the last victory coming during the 2005-06 season. The last time these two teams met was on Jan. 27 in Madison when the Badgers pulled out a 75-45 victory. Senior Nadia Bibbs led the 'Cats with 15 points while freshmen Amy Jaeschke and Meshia Reed also chipped in 10 each.
Freshman Amy Jaeschke continues to climb NU's single-game block list thanks to two rejections against Michigan on Thursday. Jaeschke now has 39 blocks on the season, which puts her in sixth place on the all-time list. Anucha Browne (1982-83, 1983-84) and Sarah Kwasinski (2002-30, 2001-02) had 48 or more blocks in two seasons and Christina Braden tops the list with 58 rejections during the 1995-96 campaign. What is even more impressive is that Jaeschke has only played 16 games due to breaking her hand in the season opener.
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