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    Sophomore Lauren Douglas needs five more blocks to tie for 10th in NU history.

    Nov. 26, 2013

    Game 6: Northwestern (4-1) vs. Lafayette (4-1)
     Date  Wednesday, Nov. 27 | 6:30 p.m. CT
     Location  Welsh-RyanArena  | Evanston, Ill.
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Wildcats return to the comforts of Welsh-Ryan Arena for two games this week. Before you sit down for a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, come watch Northwestern take on Lafayette Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. CT.

    Then, put the finishing touches on your holiday weekend by attending Sunday's fifth annual Autism Awareness Game. The Wildcats host No. 25 DePaul at 2 p.m. in a key nonconference game that also will benefit the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks.

    Here are some news and notes to get you ready for Wednesday's game.

    Northwestern took to the road for the first time this year, traveling to take on No. 17 California on Sunday, Nov. 24. Facing a squad that made the Final Four a year ago, the Wildcats put up a fight, but the Bears pulled away in the second half with the 65-51 victory, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. Maggie Lyon, who missed last year's game against Cal in Evanston due to an injury, led NU with 17 points and also contributed eight rebounds while freshman Nia Coffey had a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with seven points, two blocks and two steals. That was Coffey's third game of 10+ rebounds in the young five-game Northwestern season.

    2013-14 Record: 4-1
    2012-13 Record: 11-19
    All-Time Series Record: First Meeting
    Notable: Lafayette is out to a 4-1 start and was 4-0 before dropping a 60-33 game against Villanova over the weekend. The Leopards' 4-0 start to the season was their best since the 2005-06 season. Lafayette plays in the Patriot League and returns all five starters from last year's squad. Last year, Jamie O'Hare made the Patriot League All-Rookie Team and this year, the sophomore leads the squad in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game.

    Northwestern sophomore guard Maggie Lyon is known to score in bunches for the Wildcats, but this year, she has emerged as one of the top rebounders on the team. The 6-1 guard has made an effort to crash the boards over the last few games as she had a career-high 13 rebounds against Hofstra and contributed eight at Cal. Lyon ranks second on the team in rebounds, averaging 7.0 per game, which is three rebounds better than her 4.0 average a year ago. Her 7.0 rebounds per game this year ties her for 15th in the conference.

    Here's a look at where the Wildcats rank in the Big Ten in a number of statistical categories:

    Scoring Defense 1st 54.2 ppg
    FG% Defense 1st .307
    3-pt FG% Defense 1st .206
    Blocks 1st 7.2 bpg
    Steals 3rd 11.0 spg
    TO Margin 2nd +6.00

    And here's how they rank nationally:

    Scoring Defense 22nd 54.2 ppg
    FG% Defense 11th .307
    Blocks 5th 7.2 bpg

    -All stats & rankings are as of Nov. 25

    Be sure to come back to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday as the Wildcats host No. 25 DePaul for the fifth annual Autism Awareness Game. A tradition that began with head coach Joe McKeown, this is a cause that is near and dear to the Wildcat women's basketball program. Northwestern will once again welcome the Chicagoland chapter of Autism Speaks and continue to create awareness for the cause. There will be a ceremonial tip-off with Autism Speaks, a quiet room available in the arena and other special in-game activities.

    Northwestern's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting its annual Canned Food Drive and NU women's basketball fans will have an opportunity to participate when the Wildcats welcome NC State for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 5.

    Northwestern is offering several great incentives to give this year. If fans do not already have a ticket to the Dec. 5 game, they will be given the opportunity to purchase a Group Rate Ticket for just $3 with a food donation. Donors at the game on Dec. 5 have the opportunity to win a ball signed by the entire 2013-14 Wildcats women's basketball squad.

    SAAC is accepting donations on behalf of Family Focus Evanston. This Chicago-based organization provides family support and programs for parents and children, and is greatly benefitted by our donation during the holiday season.


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