Dec. 12, 2010
Northwestern (8-1, 0-0) at DePaul (11-1, 0-0)
Monday, Dec. 13, 2010
McGrath Arena (3,000)
Chicago, Illinois 7 p.m.
Streaming Video: NUsports.com All Access
In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
Northwestern Game Notes (PDF)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern travels into the city to face No. 24/RV DePaul Monday evening at McGrath Arena. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on NUsports.com All Access. After defeating Central Michigan Saturday afternoon, NU continues its unconventional week, playing a Monday evening contest and then hosting Northern Illinois Wednesday at noon for Field Trip Day.
The Wildcats, 8-1, face a tall task in the Blue Demons, as they enter the game with only one blemish--a 67-58 loss at Purdue on Nov. 21. DePaul features an extremely balanced offensive attack with four players averaging double figures, led by Keisha Hampton. The Blue Demons certainly will have revenge on their mind, having lost to Northwestern last year for the first time since the 1998 season. DePaul was ranked 15th in the nation at the time.
Toeing the Line
Jaeschke Turns In Career Performance
Senior Amy Jaeschke turned in arguably the best performance of her career Saturday against Central Michigan, besting her career-highs in both scoring and rebounding. Jaeschke notched 37 points on 15-of-25 from the field, 17 rebounds, six blocks and four assists. The 6-5 center logged 39 minutes of action and was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Her 37 points is tied for the largest scoring performance of the season while 17 rebounds is just one shy of tying her for the lead in caroms. Fellow Wildcat Brittany Orban also had 17 boards against LSU.
Northwestern ranks fourth in the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (75 percent) but what's more impressive is that the Wildcats have made 23 more free throws than their opponents have even attempted. NU has taken 186 shots from the charity stripe while their foes have only had 117 opportunities to convert from the line. Junior Brittany Orban
tops the 'Cats' column, shooting 87.2 percent from the line while Beth Marshall
is right behind her, converting on 87 percent of the chances. Marshall is especially accurate in the final minute, connecting on 14-of-16 attempts during that time. As a team, Northwestern is 24-of-28 from the line in the final 1:08 this season.
Enter Floor Leader Beth Marshall
Beth Marshall has proved to be an all-around performer so far this year, asserting herself as a scorer as opposed to just a distributor of the rock. The fifth-year senior is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.8 ppg and has attempted a team-high 54 free throws. She continues to play her role of feeding her teammates, however, coming in second with 32 assists per game. Marshall is averaging a team-high 36.6 mpg, which ranks second in the Conference.
Putting the Time In
Three Wildcats appear in the top 10 in minutes played this year--the most of any League squad. Senior Beth Marshall leads the way with 36.6 mpg; that's second in the Big Ten, while fellow classmate Amy Jaeschke and junior Brittany Orban are averaging 34.3 and 34.1 mpg, respectively.
For complete game notes, please click on the PDF above.
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