March 18, 2011
Northwestern (19-13) vs. Alabama (17-14)
Sunday, March 20
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, Illinois 2 p.m.
Audio: 89.3 FM, WNUR
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
Northwestern Game Notes (PDF)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After defeating Creighton handily, 89-63, in opening round WNIT action, Northwestern tussles with SEC rival Alabama at 2 p.m. Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Crimson Tide arrive in Evanston with a 17-14 record and a postseason road win already under its belt, defeating Memphis 80-69 Thursday evening. The winner will face Auburn or Toledo in the Round of 16.
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event only. Prices are $8 general admission and $6 for youth. Group tickets are also available at a $5 rate. For further ticket information, please contact Northwestern's ticket office at 888-GO-PURPLE. Northwestern undergraduate students can show their Wildcard at the door to receive a FREE ticket compliments of Northwestern Women's Basketball.
Jaeschke Garners WBCA/State Farm All-District Honors
Jaeschke Earns Spot On Final Wooden Award Ballot
Amy Jaeschke was named to the WBCA All-District team, it was announced today (March 16) by the WBCA in cooperation with State Farm. On Monday, March 21, the State Farm Coaches' All-America Team selection committee will review the 52 candidates and trim the list to 40 finalists, all of whom will be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America Team. Jaeschke was one of five players chosen from Region 6, along with fellow Big Ten standouts Kachine Alexander (Iowa), Kalisha Keane (Michigan State) and Jantel Lavender (Ohio State). Jaeschke is the first Wildcat to appear on the State Farm All-District ballot. Kristina Divjak is the most recent Wildcat to receive such an award, as she was a Kodak All-District performer in 1998. Divjak earned honorable mention Kodak All-America honors that year.
Senior center Amy Jaeschke
is a finalist for the 2011 Wooden Award, it was announced earlier this week by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Jaeschke was one of only three student-athletes who was not on the Midseason list but made the final ballot, which consists of the nation's top 20 women's basketball players. She is the first Wildcat to earn a spot on the prestigious ballot.
Every Wildcat who entered the Thursday's game against Creighton found the scoring column, led by 21 points from Kendall Hackney. Senior Meshia Reed scored a season-high 16 points and added two steals and three assists. Freshman Meghan McKeown turned in a career night, notching five points and two assists in just 13 minute of action. Every Wildcat registered double-digit minutes.
Success Comes In Pairs
Northwestern's 37 wins over the past two seasons is the most since the 1995-96/1996-97 seasons when the Wildcats posted a combined 40 victories. Additionally, it is the first time in 13 years NU has posted back-to-back winning seasons.
The Wildcats joined Big Ten buddies Michigan and Wisconsin in the WNIT bracket, it was announced last Monday. Last season, Michigan and Northwestern met in the WNIT Round of 16 in Ann Arbor. Another matchup of that variety will not occur this season, as the Wolverines were defeated by Eastern Michigan,67-59, Thursday night. Wisconsin defeated Butler, 68-48, to advance to round two and face Illinois State in Madison. Five Conference schools--Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa and Penn State--earned berths in the NCAA Tourney.
Northwestern's victory over Minnesota in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament pushed its win total to 18, which matched last season's count. Last year, the Wildcats finished 18-15 and advanced to the WNIT Round of 16. It was the first time in 13 years (since 1996-97) the program made a postseason appearance. Additionally, the win was NU's first Big Ten Tournament triumph since the 2000 season when tenth-seeded NU defeated seventh-seeded Iowa, 68-59.
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