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    Sophomore guard Karly Roser is averaging 13.0 ppg vs. Iowa this year.

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    Sophomore guard Karly Roser is averaging 13.0 ppg vs. Iowa this year.
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    March 5, 2013

    2013 Big Ten Tournament
    No. 10 seed Northwestern (13-16, 5-11 Big Ten)
    vs. No. 7 seed Iowa (19-11, 8-8)
    Thursday, March 7 • 11:30 a.m. CT
    Sears Centre (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
    TV: Big Ten Network
         • Eric Collins (Play-by-Play)
         • Stephanie White (Analyst)
         • Lisa Byington (Sideline)
    Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
    Gametracker: NUsports.com
    In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE


     

     

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    Northwestern begins the postseason this week, heading to the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. This year's tournament is close to home for the Wildcats as they travel to Hoffman Estates, Ill., to take on No. 7 seed Iowa in a first-round matchup at the Sears Centre on Thursday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. Northwestern is the No. 10 seed in this year's tournament.
     
    These two teams are quite familiar with one another as they faced off in Evanston on the final day of the regular season (March 3). Thursday's game is the third meeting of the year with each team winning on the other's home court.
     
    The winner of Thursday's game will meet No. 2 seed Nebraska (22-7, 12-4 Big Ten) at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8.
     
    LAST TIME VS. IOWA - MARCH 3, 2013
    Northwestern wrapped up the 2012-13 regular season Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena and could not overcome the Hawkeyes as Iowa took the 62-45 victory. The Hawkeyes shot 41.0 percent from the field, marking just the third NU opponent to shoot better than 40 percent during the Big Ten season, with Iowa guard Melissa Dixon posting a game-high 21 points. Despite the five lead changes, the 'Cats couldn't close the deficit.
     
    Seniors Dannielle Diamant, Kendall Hackney and Kate Popovec were part of the starting lineup for the last regular season game of their Wildcat careers. All three, along with guard Inesha Hale, were honored prior to the game for the team's Senior Day ceremonies. Sophomore Karly Roser led the way for the Wildcats, recording her third double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Maggie Lyon had 10 points and five rebounds.
     
    FIRST TIME VS. IOWA - FEB. 3, 2013
    Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, Northwestern stormed back to earn a 67-65 victory over No. 24/25 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 3 afternoon. Karly Roser's coast-to-coast layup beat the buzzer to secure the win for the Wildcats, their first in Iowa City since 1995.
     
    Facing a 48-37 deficit with 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Wildcats clawed back in with a 12-1 run - sparked by seven points from Kendall Hackney - to tie the game at 49-49. Hackney began the game by going 1-of-6 from the field, but lit up the Iowa defense for 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the second half.
     
    Tied at 65-65 after a jumper by Dixon with just five seconds remaining, Roser took the inbounds pass and raced the length of the floor, sinking a leaning layup as the buzzer sounded. The officials checked the replay monitor for several minutes before determining the basket was good, and the Wildcats had earned their first win at Carver-Hawkeye in over 17 years.
     
    Hackney led Northwestern with 18 points in the victory, and was one of four Wildcats in double figures. Playing in her 100th career game, Dannielle Diamant chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds, Roser registered 11 points and eight assists, and Alex Cohen delivered eight rebounds in just 15 minutes of action.
     
    NU VS. IOWA IN THE BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
    These two teams have faced each other four times in the Big Ten Tournament with the series split at 202. The last time these two faced off in the Big Ten Tournament was in 2003 when NU again was a No. 10 seed and Iowa was No. 7. The Hawkeyes took the 70-58 victory. Prior to that, the teams faced each other in 2000, again with the same seeds, and NU won that battle, 68-59.
     
    ROSER RUNS BY HAWKEYES
    In NU's two games vs. Iowa, sophomore guard Karly Roser has had notable performances with her buzzer-beater layup in Iowa City and her double-double at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Against the Hawkeyes this season, she is averaging a team-best 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists. She also is 11-of-25 from the field (44.0 percent) against Iowa.
     
    `CATS PICK UP ALL-BIG TEN CONSIDERATION
    Four Wildcats were honored by the league coaches and media as the Big Ten Conference announced its annual postseason awards March 4. Maggie Lyon (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the media, making her the first Wildcat in program history to win the conference's rookie of the year award.
     
    Lyon also was tabbed Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media, along with seniors Kendall Hackney (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame), Dannielle Diamant (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) and sophomore guard Karly Roser (Hamilton, Ontario/Saint Mary's). Hackney also received Third-Team All-Big Ten accolades from the coaches while Diamant was honorable mention. Additionally, senior Kate Popovec was the Northwestern recipient for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
     
    As the first Wildcat to take home Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, Lyon had an impressive first season in Evanston, averaging 12.8 points (second on the team), 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and had a team high 52 3-point field goals. A unanimous selection for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, she led all conference rookies in points, steals and 3-point field goals, while ranking second in rebounds and third in assists. A four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree, Lyon is currently on streak of 12 consecutive games scoring in double figures and has scored 10+ points in 20 of her 24 games played this year.
     

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