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    'Cats Welcome No. 9/11 Cal to Welsh-Ryan for Field Trip Day

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    Senior Kendall Hackney leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game.

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    Senior Kendall Hackney leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Dec. 14, 2012

    Field Trip Day
    Northwestern (6-3)
    vs. No. 9/11 California (7-1)
    Monday, Dec. 17 • 11 a.m.
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill)
    Streaming Video: Wildcats All-Access
    Gametracker: NUsports.com
    Twitter: @NU_SportsLIVE

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    MONDAY’S GAME
    After a week off from competition, the Wildcats return to the court at Welsh-Ryan Arena, hosting No. 9/11 California at 11 a.m. Monday’s game is part of the team’s annual Field Trip Day and thousands of Chicagoland youth will be in attendance supporting the ’Cats.

    Be sure to stay in your seats during halftime on Monday for the mascot game! Local favorites such as Southpaw of the Chicago White Sox and Tommy Hawk of the Chicago Blackhawks are scheduled to participate.
     
    California is NU’s first ranked opponent this year as the Bears are ranked as highly as No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and are tabbed No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
     
    COHEN STEPS IN
    The Wildcats have been a bit short-handed these last two games, playing without starters Maggie Lyon and Dannielle Diamant along with key reserve Kate Popovec. Coach McKeown has called on sophomore forward Alex Cohen to play significant minutes as she made her first career start last Friday at Illinois State and remained in the starting lineup Sunday at Bowling Green. The 6-5 forward stepped up against the Red Birds, grabbing a career-high, and team-best, nine rebounds in 31 minutes. She saw extensive playing time against Bowling Green, logging 29 minutes.
     
    LET’S HEAR IT FOR HACKNEY
    Senior forward Kendall Hackney has been a consistent scoring threat for the Wildcats so far this season. She currently leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 points per game, had the high-point total for NU in three games, including the last two, and has finished in double figures in all but one game so far this year (nine points at Boston College). Hackney currently ranks 11th in the Big Ten in scoring.
     
    TOUGH SCHEDULE
    Cal is the highest-ranked team Northwestern has faced all season, but the Wildcats’ schedule doesn’t get much easier the rest of the way with an always-competitive Big Ten schedule. Six Big Ten teams are currently ranked or receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll, including No. 11 Penn State, No. 15 Purdue, No. 20 Ohio State along with Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan State who are all receiving votes. Northwestern only plays two of those teams, Iowa and Michigan State, twice this year.
     
    THE REST OF DECEMBER
    Following Monday’s contest, Northwestern plays three more nonconference games to close out the month of December. The Wildcats head back on the road just before the holidays traveling to Hempstead, N.Y., to meet Ole Miss and host Hofstra on Dec. 22 and 23, respectively. December then wraps up 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. 11/10 Penn State on Jan. 3.
     
    OPPONENT PROFILE: CALIFORNIA
    2012-13 Record: 7-1
    All-Time Series Record: First Meeting
    Notable: Cal is out to a 7-1 start with its lone loss coming at the hands of then-No. 4 Duke, 77-63, on Dec. 2 in Durham, N.C. Four Bears average double figures in scoring with Brittany Boyd leading the way at 14.8 points per game. Gennifer Brandon is close behind at 14.0 points per game and grabs a team-high 11.1 rebounds. Cal is averaging 78.6 points per game while limiting its opponents to 54.2 ppg. The Bears were a 2012 NCAA Tournament team and advanced to the second round before falling to top-seeded Notre Dame, 73-62.

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