April 10, 2013
2012-13 Final NU WBB Release
Photos from 2012-13 Season
THAT’S A WRAP
The 2012-13 NCAA women’s basketball season officially came to a close on Tuesday, April 9. Northwestern had a number of highlights throughout the 2012-13 campaign, including Maggie Lyon bringing home the program’s first Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor, a 6-0 start to the season and four Wildcats receiving All-Big Ten accolades. Below are some notes on the 2012-13 season and complete notes on the year can be found in the PDF link at the top of the page.
THANK YOU SENIORS
Northwestern’s group of four seniors 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 was another reliable player off the bench for the ’Cats the last two years. Forward/center Dannielle Diamant played more than 100 games for the Wildcats, scoring 900+ points and grabbing 500+ rebounds while receiving All-Big Ten honors in 2012 and 2013. Forward Kendall Hackney leaves 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.
FIVE WILDCATS RECEIVE ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
A total of 41 Northwestern student-athletes, including five women’s basketball players, earned Academic All-Big Ten distinction, the Big Ten Conference announced on March 27. Together with the 97 accolades won during the fall quarter, 138 Wildcats have been named Academic All-Big Ten during the 2012-13 academic year.
Senior Kendall Hackney earned Academic All-Big Ten status in addition to her All-Big Ten standing and CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. Hackney, a communications studies major, along with junior Meghan McKeown (Journalism), graduate student Kate Popovec (Masters of Sports Administration), sophomore Karly Roser (Cognitive Science) and junior La’Terria Taylor (Learning and Organizational Chance) received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012-13.
Northwestern played against 15 teams that competed in postseason competition, including 10 teams (14 games) that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament. That group is made up of seven teams that won their first round game, including California who advanced to the Final Four. Northwestern led for most of the game against the Bears, who were ranked No. 9 at the time, but Cal came back to take the close six-point victory at Welsh-Ryan Arena in December). In addition, Northwestern played nine opponents that were either ranked or receiving votes in either the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches’ polls at the time of the game.
Here’s a look at NU’s opponents that played in the NCAA Tournament and how far they made it:
|No. 2 seed California
|No. 3 seed Penn State
|No. 4 seed Purdue
|No. 5 seed Michigan State
|No. 6 seed Nebraska
|No. 8 seed Michigan
|No. 9 seed Iowa
|No. 10 seed DePaul
|No. 11 seed Central Michigan
|No. 16 seed UT-Martin
NO LOSS NOVEMBER
Northwestern went a perfect 6-0 in the month of November and was one of just two Big Ten teams to go undefeated for the month. Michigan State also posted a 6-0 record in the first month of the season. The Wildcats have a 24-6 record in the month of November during the Joe McKeown era, including a 22-2 mark in the last four years during the first month of the season. Here’s a breakdown of NU’s November record under McKeown:
A pair of Northwestern newcomers collected six Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards throughout the season. Lauren Douglas won two of the first three awards of the year while Maggie Lyon captured a Big Ten-best four honors, including a string of three-consecutive weeks from Feb. 12-Feb. 26.
The duo ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring amongst freshmen during the regular season with Lyon’s 12.8 points per game leading and Douglas was right behind at 9.4 points per game (doesn’t include Big Ten Tournament stats). These two also led the Big Ten freshmen in rebounding, but this time it was Douglas at 4.6 rpg that paved the way and Lyon’s 4.0 was No. 2 amongst freshmen. Lyon’s 1.5 steals per game were tops amongst freshmen while Douglas averaged 1.17 steals per game to rank fourth. Douglas was the leading shot-blocker amongst freshmen at 1.62 bpg (No. 2 averaged 0.59) and Lyon had the most 3-pt FGs at 52. (All stats and rankings were prior to Big Ten Tournament)
Sophomore guard Karly Roser was one of the conference leaders in assists, averaging 6.3 dimes per game. Her 188 assists in 2012-13 was a career best and ranks eighth in single-season history.
The Hamilton, Ontario native, helped the ’Cats rank highly in the assist category as their 15.3 dimes per game ranked third in the Big Ten during the regular season while the 14.5 assists per game in Big Ten regular-season contests also were third.
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. She had 51 blocks during the 2012-13 season, which ties for seventh in NU single-season history. She had five games of three-or-more blocks including a career-high six swats at Hofstra.
Against Wisconsin on Feb. 23, senior forward Kendall Hackney became the new NU record-holder for career games played. The Cincinnati, Ohio native never missed a game in her Wildcat career, playing 126 career games and she broke Laura Augustyniak’s previous record of 122 games played (1979-83). Hackney made 97-straight appearances in the NU starting lineup and had 114 total starts throughout her career.
Hackney also leaves Northwestern ranking ninth in career points (1,547), fourth in 3-point field goals (147), fifth in 3-point field goal attempts (424), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.347), sixth in rebounds (699) and seventh in blocked shots (75).
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. 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 an Iowa jumper 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.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE VS. INDIANA
Northwestern’s defense set a few marks against Indiana on Jan. 28 as IU’s 39 points were the lowest point total for a Big Ten opponent since Feb. 12, 2004. That game also featured Indiana, as NU defeated the Hoosiers 48-36. IU was held to just 21.0 percent from the field, which is the lowest field goal percentage for an NU opponent since Nov. 20, 2009, when SIUE shot 19.4 percent on 12-of-62 from the field.
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