Feb. 17, 2010
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Indiana Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill.-- As the regular season winds down, Northwestern returns to the cozy confines of Welsh-Ryan Arena this week for the first of two vital battles Thursday evening against Indiana. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on NUsports.com. Following the showdown with the Hoosiers, Northwestern welcomes Iowa for a 1 p.m. Sunday contest. The game will be NU's annual Pink Zone Day.
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2009-10 Record: 13-12, 6-8
Series History: 34-28, Indiana
Last Meeting: January 21, 2010, 61-55, Indiana
Last Time Against The Hoosiers
Jan. 21, 2010--Northwestern battled hard and pulled within four with 22 seconds remaining, but Indiana held on to claim a 61-55 victory at Assembly Hall. Junior Amy Jaeschke recorded the 1,000th point of her career and she paced the `Cats with 17 points and nine rebounds. Fellow classmate Meshia Reed joined Jaeschke in double-figures with 12.
Indiana's journey through the Big Ten schedule has been a perfect indication of the conference race thus far: unpredictable. The Hoosiers enter Thursday's game with a 6-8 league mark, having toppled conference champion Ohio State, Michigan State, but losing to Iowa and Michigan, who are fourth and sixth in the standings, respectively.
As a team, the Hoosiers find themselves in the lower half of most of the conference statistical standings. However, Indiana is second in the league in defending against the three-point shot, limiting opponents to just 27 percent from beyond the arc. Additionally, IU is third in turnover margin (+1.56) and fourth in offensive rebounding with 13.08 per game.
Junior Jori Davis and senior Jamie Braun lead Indiana offensively, averaging 16.8 and 12.6 ppg, respectively. Davis is also the squad's leading rebounder, pulling down 7.0 rpg, which is tied for sixth in the Big Ten.
At this time last season, Northwestern was 6-19 overall and 2-12 in conference play. The Wildcats have improved in several categories since this point last season, scoring 7.2 more points per game, shooting 4.2 percent better from the three-point range, registering five percent better from the free-throw line and pulling down 3.8 more rebounds per outing.
What A Difference A Year Makes
After going 7-23 and 3-15 last year, second-year head coach Joe McKeown and his Wildcats have become one of the biggest turnaround stories in the nation, now with a 14-11, 5-9 record. This week, Northwestern's RPI is 92, which is a vast improvement over last year's final number of 238.
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