March 25, 2014
2014 WNIT Information 2014 WNIT Bracket
NU vs. IU WNIT Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern is one of 16 teams remaining in the 2014 WNIT field and will take on a familiar foe Thursday, playing Big Ten rival Indiana. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. All four Big Ten teams that qualified for the WNIT are still playing as Minnesota and Michigan also advanced to the third round. The winner of the NU/IU game will face the winner of the Minnesota/South Dakota State contest, which also takes place on Thursday.
LAST TIME OUT...
Northwestern was firing on all cylinders on March 23 at Welsh-Ryan Arena, cruising to an 88-52 victory over IUPUI in the second round of the WNIT. The Wildcats shot 22-of-29 for 75.9 percent in the second half, outscoring the Jaguars 54-31 in the frame. All 12 available players entered the game for Northwestern with Maggie Lyon leading the way, scoring a game-high 19 points.
Christen Inman went 8-of-12 from the field for 18 points while Nia Coffey added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds to go with five assists. Karly Roser also had a productive day with seven points and nine assists. NU finished the game shooting 60.3 percent from the field while limiting IUPUI to just 33.9 percent.
Northwestern did not miss much in the second half as they were 11-of-13 for 84.6 percent for the frame at the under 12 media timeout. Northwestern led by as many as 36 in the second half and cruised to the 88-52 victory.
Northwestern finished Sunday's game with five blocks, putting them at 215 for the season, which is a new Big Ten record. NU surpassed the previous record of 211, set by Michigan State in 33 games during the 2006-07 season. The Wildcats have 215 blocks in 32 games so far this year.
LAST TIME AT INDIANA...
It was another close Big Ten battle on Jan. 30 between the Wildcats and Hoosiers with Northwestern prevailing 58-52 down the stretch. With nine ties and nine lead changes, the Wildcats drained their free throws in the closing minutes to improve to 14-7 on the year, 4-4 in the Big Ten.
NU played most of the game without its leading scorer and rebounder as Nia Coffey left the game with an injury early in the first half. Lauren Douglas led NU with 16 points off the bench while Maggie Lyon made some clutch shots late in the game to finish with 14. Ashley Deary also added 12 points and seven rebounds while Alex Cohen had a game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks.
The Wildcats also welcomed back the return of junior guard Karly Roser who played her first game of the season. The 2013 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honoree subbed in during the first half and logged five minutes in her first appearance of the year.
Free throws proved to be the difference with NU going 13-of-15 from the charity stripe while Indiana was just 6-of-20. The Wildcats defended IU's Larryn Brooks well, limiting the freshman high-scorer to just seven points on 3-of-16 from the field and 0-for-8 from 3-point range. Brooks entered the game ranking fifth in the conference with 16.8 ppg.
Northwestern has had solid second halves in each of its two WNIT wins so far. Against Ball State, NU went 14-of-22 from the field for 63.5 percent in the second half and then followed that up with a 75.9 percent clip (22-29) in the second half of its win over IUPUI. Combined, the Wildcats are 36-of-51 for 70.6 percent in the second half of WNIT games so far.
Ashley Deary has 197 assists this year, needing just three more to reach 200 assists for the season. If she reaches that milestone, she becomes just the third player in Northwestern history to have 200+ assists in a season. Nancy Kennelly reached 200+ assists during her sophomore (1989-90; 215 assists), junior (1990-91; 252 assists) and senior seasons (1992-93; 252 assists) while Amber DeWall had 205 assists during her senior year and Moira Kennelly reached 200 assists in her sophomore season. Deary would be the first NU freshman to record 200+ assists.
2013-14 Record: 20-12, 5-11 B1G
All-Time Series Record: Indiana leads 36-33, NU won last meeting, 58-52 on Jan. 30, 2014 in Bloomington
Notable: Indiana played two close games to start its WNIT run, opening with a 48-47 victory over Belmont on March 20 and then followed that up with a 72-69 win over Marquette in the second round. Freshman guard Larryn Brooks is the only Hoosier player averaging double figures as she leads the team with 16.0 ppg. Tabitha Gerardot is second on the team with 8.9 ppg. The Hoosiers have a 13-4 record at Assembly Hall this year and played their first two WNIT games at home
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