Feb. 15, 2012
Northwestern (13-12, 3-9) at Nebraska (19-5, 8-4)
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Devaney Center (13,595)
Lincoln, Neb. 7 p.m. CT
Streamed Live: BTDN via Wildcats All-Access
Radio: WNUR, 89.3 FM
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern continues along the challenging road that is Big Ten women's basketball, traveling to No. 16 Nebraska for the the first time since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten. Tip goes up at 7 p.m. CT Thursday at the Devaney Center and will be streamed live on BTDN via Wildcats All-Access. It marks the second-consecutive contest against a highly ranked opponent, as NU hosted Penn State Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats remain on the road after their adventure to Nebraska, facing intra-state rival Illinois for a 6:30 tip Monday evening in Champaign. That game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.
Last Time Out...
Northwestern outscored No. 18 Penn State in the second half, but could not trump the Lady Lions, falling 77-63 Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Morgan Jones and Kendall Hackney led the Wildcats (13-12, 3-9) with a game-high 20 points and 15 points, respectively. The duo each contributed seven rebounds and combined to dish out eight assists and record five steals.
NU played without center Dannielle Diamant who suffered a concussion right before halftime of the Wildcats' Thursday game at Michigan State. Starters Allison Mocchi and Karly Roser also played limited minutes due to injury.
2011-12 Record: 19-5, 8-4
Series History: Nebraska leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: Dec. 16, 2006, Lincoln, Nebraska 73, Northwestern 58
Of Note: This will be the first ever conference match-up for the `Cats against Nebraska. They last met in 2006 where the Cornhuskers won in Lincoln, 73-58. Northwestern's only win in the series came in 1982.
Hackney Reels In 500th Career Rebound
Junior Kendall Hackney continued to reach milestones Sunday, hauling down the 500th rebound of her career. Hackney is the seventh-active Big Ten member of that club. She ranks second on the team and 14th in the Conference with 6.3 rpg.
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 on Feb. 9. 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 14th in rebounding with 6.3 rpg.
No Easy Path
The Big Ten is the only conference in the country to have four teams ranked in the top 17 of the Associated Press (AP) poll, which was released on Monday. Ohio State climbed into the top 10 of the rankings, moving up one spot to No. 9. Penn State made the largest jump of any team in this week's poll, moving up six spots to No. 12. Nebraska and Purdue round out the ranked Big Ten teams in the AP poll at Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, Ohio State appears at No. 11, followed by No. 17 Penn State, No. 19 Purdue and No. 21 Nebraska.
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 16.5 assists per outing. That number also ranks 18th in the nation according to the latest NCAA statistics (2.12.12). Against Morgan State, the Wildcats recorded a season-high 32 helps, which is the Big Ten season record.
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