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    Wildcats Host Senior Day Sunday vs. Iowa

    Senior forward Kendall Hackney ranks is amongst the top 10 in NU history in points, rebounds, blocks and 3-point FGs.

    Senior forward Kendall Hackney ranks is amongst the top 10 in NU history in points, rebounds, blocks and 3-point FGs.

    March 1, 2013

    Senior Day
    Northwestern (13-15, 5-10 Big Ten)
    vs. Iowa (18-11, 7-8)

    Sunday, March 3 • 2 p.m. CT
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
    Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network
    Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE

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    Northwestern hosts its final game of the 2012-13 regular season Sunday at 2 p.m. when Iowa visits Welsh-Ryan Arena. Sunday is Senior Day and the Wildcats will recognize seniors Dannielle Diamant, Kendall Hackney, Inesha Hale and Kate Popovec for their contributions to the program over the course of the last four seasons.
    This is the final test for the Wildcats before they head to the 2013 Big Ten Tournament, which runs March 7-10 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
    Northwestern once again clawed its way back from a double-digit deficit, but was unable to pick up a win its final road game of the 2012-13 season as Michigan secured the 55-50 victory at the Crisler Center. NU trailed by 11 late in the second half and a 3-pointer by Maggie Lyon found the ’Cats down just one with 1:54 left.
    Lyon extended her double-digit scoring streak to 11 games with a game-high 18 points, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers. She also tied her career-high with seven rebounds. Senior forward Kendall Hackney chipped in 13 points. Michigan’s Rachel Sheffer led her squad with 17 points while Nya Jordan had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
    In the second half, the Wolverines went on an 11-2 run to take their largest lead of the game at 43-32 with 9:34 remaining. Northwestern clawed its way back, going on a 15-5 run to trail by just one (48-47) with 1:54 remaining after Lyon nailed her fourth 3-pointer of the game. Michigan missed a shot out of the timeout and NU had the chance to go on top but could not convert. Michigan then took the three-point lead at 50-47 with 31 seconds remaining as Nicole Elmblad scored with the shot clock winding down.
    Hackney gave NU one last chance to tie things up but her 3-pointer fell short. Michigan converted 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to take the 55-50 win.
    Northwestern will recognize its senior class before Sunday’s game and this group of seniors has amassed 64 wins over the last four years making them the winningest group of Wildcats since 1996-97. Guard Inesha Hale was a key contributor off the bench for NU, playing 53 games the last four years. Forward Kate Popovec joined the team during the 2010-11 season after starting her collegiate career at Pittsburgh and has been another reliable player off the bench for the ’Cats the last two years. Forward/center Dannielle Diamant has played more than 100 games for the Wildcats, scoring 900+ points and grabbing 500+ rebounds while receiving  All-Big Ten honors in 2012. Forward Kendall Hackney will leave the NU program with her name cemented in the record books as the school’s leader for games played and she ranks in the top 10 in NU history for points, rebounds, blocks and 3-point field goals.
    Northwestern senior forward Kate Popovec was selected to participate in the 11th annual WBCA “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop held April 5-7 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in New Orleans. Popovec is currently enrolled in graduate school at Northwestern and is pursuing her Master’s in Sports Administration.
    The objectives of the “So” program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women’s basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators and raise awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women’s basketball.
    Northwestern has been close in a majority of its games against Big Ten foes this season as the Wildcats have seven losses decided by seven points or less during the conference season. On Thursday, NU came back from 11 points down and cut the deficit to one with less than two minutes remaining, but dropped a five-point decision at Michigan. NU’s close losses during the Big Ten slate include Thursday’s game at Michigan (55-50), vs. Ohio State (59-52), vs. Nebraska (55-50), at No. 9/9 Penn State (73-69), at Indiana (68-64), at No. 15/13 Purdue (77-73) and vs. Michigan State (67-62). The number of close losses jumps to eight when you include NU’s game vs. then-No. 9 California in the nonconference season (71-65).
    Freshman forward Maggie Lyon had a game-high 18 points at Michigan, marking the 11th straight contest with her scoring in double figures. That ties  for the fourth longest active streak in the Big Ten. Lyon is averaging 13.5 points over the last 10 games and has tallied double-digits in 19 of the 23 games she’s played this season.
    Four Wildcats have played in every single game this season and three of those players have started every game. Senior forward Kendall Hackney has never missed a game in her Wildcat career, starting all 28 contests this season, while freshman forward Lauren Douglas and sophomore guard Karly Roser have also been in the starting lineup for all 28 games. Roser has started every game since her freshman season, playing in 58 games for the ’Cats. Sophomore forward Alex Cohen has provided a consistent presence off the bench, playing in all 28 games. As a freshman, Cohen played 27 of 30 games during the 2011-12 season.
    2012-13 Record: 18-11, 7-8 B1G
    All-Time Series Record: Iowa leads 46-14
    Of Note: Northwestern looks for its first season sweep of Iowa since the 1999-2000 season. The Wildcats edged the Hawkeyes 67-65 on a buzzer-beater layup by guard Karly Roser Feb. 3 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
    Iowa’s loss to Northwestern was in the midst of a five game losing streak that was snapped at Purdue, 72-52, on Feb. 17. The Hawkeyes have found success recently and head into Sunday’s contest as winners of two of their last three, defeating Indiana 75-70 in their regular-season home finale Thursday.
    Morgan Johnson paces the Hawkeyes in points (14.9 ppg) and rebounds (7.5 rpg). Sunday’s game will feature two of the best point guards in the Big Ten as Iowa’s Samantha Logic (6.6 assists per game) and NU’s Roser (6.4) rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the conference for assists.
    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 Sunday, March 10. NU will know its seed and first-round opponent following the conclusion of Sunday’s regular-season finale.


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