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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior captain A.J. Glasauer and the Wildcats travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana in the final regular-season game of the year.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior captain A.J. Glasauer and the Wildcats travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana in the final regular-season game of the year.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 21, 2007

    Indiana Game Notes
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior A.J. Glasauer and the 'Cats travel to Bloomington for their final regular-season contest of the 2006-07 campaign Thursday night at Assembly Hall. The Wildcats are coming off a solid 63-54 victory against Michigan and have won two out of their last three games.

    Last Time Out ...
    Beht Marshall's trey from the corner with :41 remaining clinched a 63-54 victory over Michigan Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    Michigan exploded out of the break, outscoring Northwestern 19-9 in the first 10 minutes to cut NU's 12-point halftime lead to a basket with 10:07 to go. The 'Cats built the lead back up to seven with 6:07 left, but the Wolverines ran off the next four points to slice the lead to three with 3:27 remaining.

    Sara Stutz scored two of her 14 points on a fade-away jumper to inflate the lead to 54-49 with just under 3:00 left. Freshman Kaitlin McInerney put in a layup with 2:00 left before Michigan ran off three-straight points to come to within four points. Another basket by Stutz piggybacked by Marshall's 3-pointer put the game away for NU.

    In the opening half, Michigan scored the first basket of the game, but Northwestern held UM to one point over the next 6:09 while running off 15 points of its own.

    The 'Cats continued to build the lead, allowing Michigan to get to within seven points before Glasauer ran off five-straight points to push the lead back to 12.

    The Wildcats' defense disrupted Michigan's offense, holding them to just 23 percent shooting in the first half while also forcing nine turnovers.

    Northwestern shot at least 55 percent in a half for the second-consecutive time, knocking down 14-of-24 (58 percent) in the first half en route to a dominating 32-18 lead at the break. A.J. Glasauer went 6-of-8 from the field to lead all scores with 14 points, while also distributing four assists.

    McInerney joined Stutz and Glasauer in double figures, adding 13 points and six boards. Kristin Cartwright grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, continuing her strong play on the glass.

    Scouting the Hoosiers
    IU will be anxious for a victory today as it is Senior Day at the Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers will be honoring seniors Leah Enterline, Sarah McKay, and Carrie Smith. Most recently, Indiana defeated Illinois 81-68 at home. IU has lost two out of its last three, however, falling to Minnesota and Wisconsin on the road after defeating those same two teams the week earlier at the Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers hold a winning record at the Hall, holding a 10-3, 4-3 mark. Indiana is led by Nikki Smith who is averaging 12.1 ppg, and Whitney Thomas, who is pulling down 8.7 rebounds per game. Jamie Braun and McKay join Smith in double-figures, averaging 10.7 ppg each.

    The Series with Indiana
    Thursday is the first and final meeting of the season for these two squads. Northwestern holds a narrow 28-27 advantage in the all-time series, but the Hoosiers have won the last four encounters. Last season, Melissa Miller led the 'Cats with nine points and four rebounds while IU's Cyndi Valentin exploded for a game-high 22 points in the victory.

    'Cats Turning Up the Intensity
    The Wildcats have won two out of their last three contests, arguably playing their best ball of the season. During that span, NU took No. 24 Michigan State to the last minute of the game before coming up just short, 68-63, at the Breslin Center. The 'Cats defeated Penn State, 64-61, at home on Feb. 11 and then handled Michigan, 63-54, on Feb. 18. Over the past three-games, NU has shot an impressive 45 percent from the field while also averaging 18.4 apg.

    Firing It Up
    NU's recent upswing can be largely attributed to the 'Cats hot shooting. Four Wildcats are averaging in double-figures over the past three games. A.J. Glasauer leads the way with 15.7 ppg, while Kristin Cartwright has posted 10.7 ppg. Freshman Beth Marshall and junior Sara Stutz have both averaged 10.0 ppg.

    Cartwright Elevating Her Game
    Since entering the starting line up against Wisconsin on Jan. 21, Kristin Cartwright has been the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 8.6 ppg. The sophomore has scored in double-figures in four out of the last six games. The Lake Forest native just missed a double-double last time out against Michigan, scoring nine points and pulling down eight rebounds. She is third on the team in rebounding, grabbing 4.4 rpg.

    Playing the Best to be the Best
    According to collegeRPI.com, Northwestern is playing the 30th strongest schedule in the country. The Wildcats' slate includes six opponents in last season's AP top-25, and four that are currently in the top-25, or receiving votes in this week's poll. Those four include No. 5 Ohio State, No. 15 Purdue and No. 20 Michigan State and No. 25 Nebraska.

    Taking Care of the Rock
    Northwestern's 12 turnovers against Ohio State on Jan. 14 was the lowest of the season. The 'Cats forced a dozen Buckeye mishaps as well.

    Besting Last Season
    Northwestern's 64-61 victory against Penn State on Sunday pushed the season win total to seven games, surpassing last year's season win-total of six.

    Is That Purple I See?
    Yes. Head coach Beth Combs sported an unusual "new-do" for the Jan. 7 game vs. Iowa. Combs accepted a dare to dye her hair purple if there were 3,000 pre-sold tickets to the game. The goal was reached and Combs' hair was a lovely shade of violet.

    Stutz Finding Double-Digits
    Junior Sara Stutz has consistently scored in double figures throughout the season, tallying double digits in 20 of NU's 28 games. The Glenview, Ill., native is second on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and second in FG percentage (42 percent). Stutz has also dished out 62 assists.

    Setting an Example
    Northwestern's upperclassmen have led the 'Cats in scoring in 22 of 28 games so far this season. Senior captain A.J. Glasauer has led NU in scoring 15 times, while junior Sara Stutz has been the top scorer six times. Fellow classmate Melissa Miller has topped the scoring column three times while Nadia Bibbs has been the top scorer once.

    On the Big Stage
    In the most recent NCAA stats (2/18/07), Northwestern ranks 30th in the nation in assists, averaging 16.0 per contest. A.J. Glasauer leads NU with 93 while Nadia Bibbs has dished out 74. Glasauer recorded eight helps on Senior Day (Feb. 18) against Michigan.