Feb. 15, 2013
Northwestern (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten)
at Minnesota (15-10, 4-7 Big Ten)
Sunday, Feb. 17 • 2 p.m.
Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network on Wildcats All-Access
Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
NU vs. Minnesota Game Notes
Northwestern plays its lone game vs. Minnesota this season Sunday, Feb. 17, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Tip is set for 2 p.m. CT inside Williams Arena. Sunday is Minnesota's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Game.
Both the 'Cats and Gophers head into Sunday's tilt refreshed after byes on Thursday. Both teams are also looking to get back on the winning track as NU dropped its last game, a close 59-52 loss vs. Ohio State and Minnesota fell 76-66 on the road at Illinois.
ON THE HORIZON...
NU returns to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23 to face Wisconsin at noon and that day is the team's annual Scout Day. All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (8th grade and under) can pre-register to receive a game ticket, Northwestern basketball t-shirt, Northwestern Scout Badge, lunch and pregame clinic. For more information, or to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The women's basketball team will also be available for autographs after the game.
Maggie Lyon TABBED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
For the second time this season, Northwestern freshman forward Maggie Lyon (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The Conference announced the honor for Lyon earlier today. She contributed heavily for the Wildcats in their last two games, averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
NU played two close contents at home last week, hosting Nebraska and Ohio State. Against Nebraska, Lyon knocked down two key 3-point baskets with under six minutes remaining to spark a Northwestern rally and close the gap to 51-46 after trailing by as many as 15 points. She scored 12 points in the game, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists.
In Sunday's game vs. Ohio State, Lyon tied a career-high by making four 3-pointers and led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points, shooting 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field. Lyon also collected four rebounds, while helping with one assist and one steal.
This is Lyon's second weekly honor and the fourth for a Northwestern freshman. Teammate Lauren Douglas collected two Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards of her own in November. It is the first such award for a Wildcat player during the conference portion of the schedule.
LAST TIME OUT
It was another close game for Northwestern Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena but the `Cats were unable to overcome the Buckeyes, 59-52. Northwestern once again played solid defense, limiting the Buckeyes to just 34.4 percent from the field and 0-for-6 from 3-point range, but OSU's Tayler Hill, the second leading scorer in the Big Ten, was the difference with her game-high 26 points.
NU freshman forward Maggie Lyon led the team in scoring with 14 points, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers, and four rebounds. Freshman forward Lauren Douglas had five blocks, just one shy from her career high. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds while sophomore guard Karly Roser posted 11 points and five assists. Sophomore forward Alex Cohen contributed eight rebounds off the bench.
It was a long time coming, but junior guard La'Terria Taylor made her Wildcat debut Sunday at home vs. Ohio State. The Chicago, Ill., native has been hampered by injuries during her first three seasons with the 'Cats and was cleared to play prior to the Nebraska game (2/7). She suited up for the Nebraska contest but did not see her first action on the court until late in the first half on Feb. 10 vs. OSU and again played in the second half. Coming out of high school, Taylor was a highly-ranked recruit, earning all-state and all-conference honors at Von Steuben H.S. and she will provide more depth for the Wildcat bench now that she is cleared to play.
Freshman forward Lauren Douglas has emerged as one of the leading shot-blockers in the Big Ten. She swatted five shots Sunday vs. Ohio State, which was one off her career-high of six (ties for seventh in NU single-game history), and the third time this season she's had five-or-more blocks. Douglas currently has 45 blocks on the year, which ranks ninth in NU single-season history. She currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten, averaging 1.9 blocks per game, and is the only freshman to rank among the top-15. Douglas also is the only freshman in the Big Ten to average at least 1.0 block per game.
NU freshmen forwards Maggie Lyon and Lauren Douglas lead the rest of the Big Ten freshmen in a number of categories. The two rank No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring amongst freshmen with Lyon's 12.6 points per game leading and Douglas is right behind at 9.8 points per game. These two are also leading the Big Ten freshmen in rebounding, but this time it's Douglas's 4.4 rpg that paves the way and Lyon's 3.8 is No. 2 amongst freshmen. Lyon's 1.63 steals per game is tops amongst freshmen while Douglas averages 1.25 steals per game to rank third.
Sophomore guard Karly Roser is one of the conference leaders in assists, ranking second with 6.4 dimes per game. She currently has 153 assists, which has already surpassed her entire assist total from 2011-12 of 142. The Hamilton, Ontario native, has helped the 'Cats rank highly in the assist category as their 15.7 dimes per game are third.
2012-13 Record: 15-10, 4-7 B1G
All-Time Series Record: NU leads 31-28
Of Note: Minnesota is 2-3 in its last five games with wins against Michigan (82-67) and Iowa (72-60). The Gophers have two losses against Illinois and another at Nebraska in that span.
Sophomore guard Rachel Banham scores in bunches for Minnesota, averaging a team-high and Big Ten-best 21.4 points per game on .450 from the field. Junior forward Micaella Riche also averages double-figures at 12.4 ppg and leads the team with 7.3 rebounds per game. Riche ranks second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage and is ninth in rebounding.
This is the lone meeting of the season between the Wildcats and Gophers. Last year, these two teams also played each other once with Minnesota taking the 68-60 win at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
NU has a busy week on tap with two more games. Following Sunday's contest at Minnesota, the 'Cats head back on the road to take on Michigan State Wednesday at 6 p.m. and then play their third game in seven days, hosting Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon.
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