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    Autism Awareness Game Set for Sunday, Nov. 25 vs. Loyola

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Northwestern hosts its Fourth Annual Autism Awareness Game Sunday, Nov. 25 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
    Northwestern hosts its Fourth Annual Autism Awareness Game Sunday, Nov. 25 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

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    Northwestern (4-0) vs. Loyola (3-1)
    Sunday, Nov. 25 • 2 p.m.
    Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
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    EVANSTON, Ill. - Join the Northwestern women's basketball team when they take on Loyola at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Sunday, Nov. 25, for the Fourth Annual Autism Awareness Game.

    “We are really excited about Sunday’s game with Loyola University and their participation in Autism Awareness Day at Northwestern,” Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. “In partnering with Under Armour, Autism Speaks, especially the Chicagoland chapter, this has become a great event for many people and their families that are afflicted with Autism and Aspergers. I hope they get a chance to enjoy the game, have fun, and help us continue to create awareness for an illness that effects millions of people, nationwide and worldwide. Many thanks to the people at Northwestern that have made this event the last three years so successful. I look forward to a great crowd and a great game.”

    NU's game against the Ramblers is set for a 2 p.m. start and will feature a ceremonial tip off with the group Autism Speaks. There will be a quiet room available in the arena and fans can take part in FREE face painting and balloon artists. At halftime, be sure to stay in your seats for a Special Olympics game featuring the Evanston E-Team and North Shore Special Olympics teams. There also will be FREE t-shirts for fans while supplies last.

    Autism is a disorder near and dear to the heart of NU head coach Joe McKeown as his son, Joey, has autism. McKeown has pledged money in the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks, a 5K event held at Soldier Field. McKeown and the Wildcat women's basketball team participated in the 5K walk for the fourth-consecutive year in May of 2012.

    Tickets for those involved in Autism Speaks are available for just $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, email Heather Van Hoegarden in the Northwestern Marketing Department at

    2012-13 Record: 3-1
    Of Note: Loyola dropped its first game of the season, 62-51, on the road at Lafayette but has rebounded with three straight wins. The Ramblers also played on Wednesday at home, downing Northern Kentucky, 77-65. Last year, Northwestern and Loyola met at Gentile Arena in Chicago with the Wildcats prevailing, 72-67. Kendall Hackney and Dannielle Diamant led Northwestern with 20 points each.

    Northwestern used a 17-0 second-half run to pull away from Yale Wednesday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 83-75, for its fourth win of the season. All five starters hit double-digits in scoring while three players – freshman forward Lauren Douglas, senior forward Kendall Hackney and senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant – each recorded double-doubles.

    Hackney and Diamant both finished with 20 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring and grabbed 10 rebounds. Douglas pulled in her second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon added 14 in a starting role while sophomore guard Karly Roser added 11 points to go along with a game-high seven assists.

    Northwestern is on a three-game road trip following Sunday’s contest, playing at Boston College (Nov. 28), DePaul (Dec. 2) and Illinois State (Dec. 7). The Wildcats are back at Welsh-Ryan Arena Sunday, Dec. 9 hosting Bowling Green at 1 p.m.


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