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    Home Stretch Begins Saturday vs. Wisconsin

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM NU freshman Lauren Douglas needs two more blocks to tie for eighth in NU single-season history.
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    NU freshman Lauren Douglas needs two more blocks to tie for eighth in NU single-season history.
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    Feb. 22, 2013

    Northwestern (12-14, 4-9 Big Ten)
    vs. Wisconsin (11-15, 3-10 Big Ten)
    Saturday, Feb. 23 • Noon CT
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
    TV: Big Ten Network
        • Play-by-Play: Lisa Byington
        • Color: Shelley Till
        • Sideline: Kara Lentz
    Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
    Gametracker: NUsports.com
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

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    SATURDAY’S GAME
    Northwestern returns to Welsh-Ryan Arena for its second-to-last home game Saturday, hosting the lone meeting of the season against Wisconsin. Tip is set for noon and Saturday’s game will air live on the Big Ten Network. NU is currently wrapping up a stretch of three games in seven days, defeating Minnesota 70-63 last Sunday in Minneapolis before a 54-45 set back at Michigan State on Wednesday.
     
    Saturday is the team’s annual Scout Day. The ’Cats will host a pregame clinic for all scouts in the 8th grade and under and those registered will receive a game ticket, Northwestern basketball t-shirt, Northwestern Scout Badge and lunch. For more information, or to sign up, email wildcatmarketing@northwestern.edu.
     
    Also, be sure to stick around after the game on Saturday as the ’Cats will be signing autographs.
     
    LAST TIME OUT
    It was a tight contest in the closing minute Wednesday night at the Breslin Center but Michigan State kept off a late Northwestern run to take the 54-45 victory. NU found hot shooting from behind the 3-point line in the final minute, cutting the deficit to seven, but was unable to take the road win in East Lansing.
     
    Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant led NU with 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Diamant paced NU with 10 points in the first frame, eight of which came in the paint.
     
    The 'Cats pushed the tempo until the final whistle and managed to cut the 13-point deficit down to seven in the closing minute. Maggie Lyon drained a 3-pointer immediately after a timeout, and then Kendall Hackney scored another 3-pointer, putting the score at 50-43 with 40 seconds left. The 3-pointer by Hackney helped her eclipse the 1,500-point mark.
     
    That would be the closest the Wildcats came as the Spartans drained their final four free throws to take the 54-45 victory.
     
    NEW RECORD ON THE HORIZON
    On Wednesday at Michigan State, senior forward Kendall Hackney tied a Northwestern record, playing in her 122nd career game. Saturday, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native has the chance to break that record, as it would be her 123rd career game. Hackney has never missed a game in her NU career and has also started 110 games, including her current streak of 93-straight starts. Hackney also reached another milestone at MSU and eclipsed the 1,500-point mark. She tallied 11 points and stands at 1,503 points to rank 10th in school history. She would need 30 more points to tie Amy Prichard (1980-83) for ninth all-time (1,533).
     
    SWAT CITY
    Freshman forward Lauren Douglas has emerged as one of the leading shot-blockers in the Big Ten. She swatted five vs. Ohio State, which was one off her career-high of six (ties for seventh in NU single-game history), and marked the third time this season she’s had five-or-more blocks. Douglas currently has 46 blocks on the year, which ranks ninth in NU single-season history. Two more blocks would tie her for eighth in single-season history. She currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten, averaging 1.8 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.
     
    Here’s a look at where Douglas ranks in NU single-season history for blocks:
     
    1. Amy Jaeschke (2009-10) - 106
    2. Amy Jaeschke (2010-11) - 104
    3. Amy Jaeschke (2008-09) - 96
    4. Christina Braden (1995-96) – 58
    5. Anucha Browne (1983-84) – 55
    6. Sarah Kwasinski (2001-02) – 54
    7. Sarah Kwasinski (2002-03) – 51
    8. Anucha Browne (1982-83) – 48
    9. Lauren Douglas (2012-13) – 46
    10. Anucha Browne (1984-85) – 37
          Sarah Kwasinski (2003-04) – 37
          Sarah Kwasinski (2004-05) - 37
     
    SCOUTING WISCONSIN
    2012-13 Record: 11-15, 3-10 B1G
    All-Time Series Record: UW leads 31-30
    Of Note: This is the lone meeting of the season between the Wildcats and Badgers. UW has been off since falling 60-53 at Illinois on Monday while the ’Cats are finishing up a stretch of three games in seven days.
     
    In conference-only games, junior Cassie Rochel leads the Big Ten with a field goal percentage of .553. She also leads the conference in blocks per game with 2.3 in Big Ten games and 2.5 in all games. The 6-4 post has shot 50 percent or better the last three games. She also has four-or-more blocks the last three games.
     
    The Badgers have dropped four of their last five contests with the lone win coming at home vs. Indiana, 65-53.
     
    2013 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT HEADS TO CHICAGOLAND AREA
    Make plans now to watch the Wildcats at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament! This year’s tournament is close to home for NU, with the games taking place at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Competition begins Thursday, March 7 and run through Saturday, March 10. Fans can purchase single session tickets for just $15 while all-session tickets are available for $80. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found here.
     
    UP NEXT
    After today, the Wildcats play just two more regular season games before the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. NU heads back to the state of Michigan for its final road test, facing the Wolverines Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. and then returns home Sunday, March 3 for the home finale vs. Iowa. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and be sure to arrive early as the ’Cats will honor Dannielle Diamant, Kendall Hackney, Inesha Hale and Kate Popovec for Senior Day.

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