Dec. 6, 2012
at Illinois State (4-3)
Friday, Dec. 7 • 7:05 p.m.
Doug Collins Court (Normal, Ill.)
Streaming Video: GoRedBirds.com
vs. Bowling Green (5-3)
Sunday, Dec. 9 • 1 p.m.
Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
Streaming Video: BTDN on Wildcats All-Access
Radio: WNUR (89.3 FM)
Illinois State, BGSU Game Note
Northwestern has two games on tap for the upcoming weekend. The Wildcats first wrap up their three-game road trip, visiting Illinois State Friday at 7:05 p.m. and then return home Sunday to host Bowling Green at 1 p.m. After this weekend, the ’Cats are off from competition until Monday, Dec. 17 when they host No. 11 California for Field Trip Day.
Northwestern went 1-1 last week in two road contests, coming back for a 67-63 victory at Boston College in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and then dropped its first game of the year at DePaul. NU drained a season-high nine 3-pointers against Boston College, including seven in the first half. Freshman forward Maggie Lyon had four of NU’s nine 3-pointers.
LYON NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Maggie Lyon was rewarded for her efforts last week and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. Lyon filled the stat sheet in NU’s two contests last week, averaging 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game.
Lyon was a key contributor in Northwestern’s 67-63 comeback victory on the road at Boston College on Nov. 28. She posted 16 points, including two 3-pointers in the final six minutes of the game when NU staged its comeback. Lyon had four of the Wildcats’ season-high nine 3-pointers on Wednesday and also added six rebounds, four assists and a steal in NU’s sixth victory of the season.
Lyon once again posted double figures Sunday at DePaul, leading the Wildcats with 15 points. She also had a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds and a steal.
This is the first weekly honor for Lyon, but the third this season for a Northwestern freshman. Fellow forward Lauren Douglas was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice (Nov. 12, Nov. 26), giving the Wildcats a player of the week award in three of the first four weeks of the season.
WILLIE’S WILDCAT COOKBOOK ON SALE SUNDAY AT WELSH-RYAN
For a holiday treat, get your copy of Willie’s Wildcat Cookbook on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena! Laura Phillips and the Phillips kids will be on hand to autograph copies in the lobby before the game and at halftime. This is a great holiday gift for yourself or the Wildcats in your family, just $25 with all profits going to benefit the Wildcat Fund, which helps provide scholarships and other vital support to our student-athletes in all 19 varsity programs.
For the first time in NU history, the Northwestern CatBackers have assembled a collection of over 600 recipes on 352 pages. Also included in the cookbook are sports facts on our 19 varsity teams, recipes and inspirational quotes from our head coaches, over 100 pictures, training table menus, Willie’s Cat Food and cooking and tailgating tips. There are recipes from over 25 former NU student-athletes including former NU women’s basketball player Kristina Divjak and her husband Evan Eschmeyer, Chicago Bear Nick Roach, Barry Cofield and Luke Donald just to name a few.
OPPONENT PROFILE: ILLINOIS STATE
2012-13 Record: 4-3
All-Time Series Record: NU leads 9-5
Notable: Illinois State is coming off a 56-45 loss against Michigan on Wednesday night at Doug Collins Court. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Red Birds with victories against UIC (86-74), Western Kentucky (83-63) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (83-58). Sophomore forward Janae Smith currently leads Illinois State in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game on .545 from the field. She also leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 7.9 board per game. These two teams met last year in Evanston with NU capturing the 69-62 victory in just the third game of the season.
OPPONENT PROFILE: BOWLING GREEN
2012-13 Record: 5-3
All-Time Series Record: Bowling Green also played Wednesday night, defeating Butler 67-47 on its home court. BGSU used a strong start to the second half, draining six-of-seven field goal attempts and extended a four-point halftime lead to a double-digit margin. Only one player, Chrissy Steffen, is averaging double figures as the senior guard scores 10.6 points per game.
THE REST OF DECEMBER
Following this weekend, Northwestern plays four more nonconference games to close out the month of December. NU’s first game against a ranked opponent is Monday, Dec. 17 when No. 11 California visits at 11 a.m. for Field Trip Day and then the Wildcats head back on the road just before Christmas traveling to Hempstead, N.Y. The Wildcats will meet Ole Miss and host Hofstra on Dec. 22 and 23, respectively, and then wrap up December at home on New Year’s Eve with Chicago State visiting Welsh-Ryan Arena at 3 p.m. January brings the start of the Big Ten season and another ranked foe as NU visits No. 10 Penn State on Jan. 3.
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