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    Kate Popovec was 7-of-8 from the free throw lone Monday vs. No. 9 California.

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    Kate Popovec was 7-of-8 from the free throw lone Monday vs. No. 9 California.
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    Dec. 19, 2012

    New York Life Holiday Invitational
    Northwestern (6-4)
    vs. Ole Miss (6-3)
    Saturday, Dec. 22 • 2 p.m. CT
    Mack Sports Complex (Hempstead, N.Y.)
    Live Video: GoHofstra.com
    Live Stats: GoHofstra.com
    Twitter: @NU_SportsLIVE
     
    Northwestern (6-4)
    at Hofstra (1-7)
    Sunday, Dec. 23 • Noon CT
    Mack Sports Complex (Hempstead, N.Y.)
    Live Video: GoHofstra.com
    Gametracker: GoHofstra.com
    Twitter: @NU_SportsLIVE
     
    THE WEEKEND
    Northwestern plays its final nonconference road games of the season this weekend in Hempstead, N.Y. at the New York Life Holiday Invitational. The Wildcats first face Ole Miss, Saturday at 2 p.m. CT and then take on the host school, Hofstra, Sunday at noon CT. Both games will be streamed by GoHofstra.com and the links are available at the top of the page.

    After this weekend, only one nonconference game remains (Monday, Dec. 31 at home vs. Chicago State) before NU opens up the always-competitive Big Ten schedule on Jan. 3.
     
    LAST TIME OUT
    It was a back-and-forth battle between Northwestern and No. 9 California during Field Trip Day Monday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena. After 12 ties and 13 lead changes, including eight in the second half, it was the Golden Bears who emerged the narrow 71-65 victors.
     
    Cal came into Monday’s contest defeating its opponents by an average of 24.4 points per game but NU battled the entire game, giving the Golden Bears their slimmest margin of victory on the year.
     
    After missing most of the previous two contests with an injury sustained early in the Illinois State game, senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant returned to the starting lineup against Cal and posted her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Karly Roser led NU in scoring with a career-high 16 points to go along with seven assists while freshman forward Lauren Douglas chipped in 14 points, eight of which came from the free throw line. Cal’s Brittany Boyd led the Golden Bears with 18 points.
     
    Both teams combined for just 2-of-19 from 3-point range but also combined for 60 free throws (33 for NU, 27 for Cal). Douglas was 8-of-9 from the free throw line while senior forward Kate Popovec was 7-of-8 from the striple.
     
    DOMINATING THE GLASS
    Dannielle Diamant has been dominating the glass for Northwestern this year, averaging 7.9 rebounds per game. She has reached double-digit rebounds on four occasions, set a new career high of 12 rebounds against DePaul and tied that career best Monday against No. 9 California. Diamant is one of the leaders in the Big Ten as her 7.9 rebounds per game ranks fifth in the conference.
     
    Three other Wildcats are averaging at least 5.0 rebounds per game as Kendall Hackney is second on the squad with 6.3 boards per game, Karly Roser averages 5.5 a game and freshman forward Maggie Lyon is close behind at 5.3 per game.
     
    As a team, Northwestern ranks second in the Big Ten in defensive rebounds, grabbing 28.9 per game. (Stats as of Dec. 19)
     
    TOP DISH
    Sophomore guard Karly Roser currently leads the Big Ten in assists, averaging 6.9 per game. Alexis Smith of Illinois and Iowa’s Samantha Logic are close behind with 6.4 per game and 6.2 per game, respectively. On Monday against Cal, Roser had seven of Northwestern’s nine assists.
     
    OPPONENT PROFILE: OLE MISS
    2012-13 Record: 6-3
    All-Time Series Record: Ole Miss leads 1-0 (lone meeting during 2006-07 season)
    Notable: Ole Miss is out to a 6-3 start and heads into the weekend following a 67-55 loss at Cleveland State on Tuesday. Three players are averaging double figures, including the team’s leading scorer, junior guard Diara Moore, who averages 12.1 points per game. The Rebels have only played two road games so far this season at Louisiana Tech on Dec. 1 and at Cleveland State on Tuesday.
     
    OPPONENT PROFILE: HOFSTRA
    2012-13 Record: 1-7
    All-Time Series Record: NU leads 1-0 (lone meeting during 2001-02 season)
    Notable: Hofstra is playing its first home game in three weeks with this weekend’s New York Life Holiday Invitational. Hofstra’s lone win of the season came in its season-opener, a 77-75 victory over Stetson in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Pride have dropped their last seven games and only two of those were played at home. Senior forward Shante Evans is the lone Pride player averaging double figures in scoring and rebounding as she leads the team with 15.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
     
    UP NEXT
    Spend your New Year’s Eve with the Wildcats! Northwestern closes out the year 2012 at home, hosting Chicago State at 3 p.m. inside Welsh-Ryan Arena.

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