Dec. 21, 2009
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Loyola (Chicago) Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern (RV/RV) concludes its nonconference schedule Tuesday when it battles Chicagoland foe Loyola in a 1 p.m. contest at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats, who have won four-straight contests, will also put the wraps on their best nonconference season in 14 years. Northwestern is off to its best start since the 1995-96 campaign when the 'Cats went 10-1 through their first 11 games.
After breaking for the holiday, Big Ten play resumes on Dec. 28 when Northwestern travels to Ann Arbor for a 6 p.m. CT battle with the Wolverines. A 3 p.m. contest at Welsh-Ryan Arena against Ohio State on New Year's Eve wraps up the 'Cats' 2009 slate.
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2009-10 Record: 5-4
Series History: 19-0, Northwestern
Last Meeting: Nov. 25, 2007; 63-47, Northwestern
'Cats Off To Best Start Since 1995-96 Season
With a 67-55 victory over Arkansas on Thursday, Dec. 17, Northwestern recorded its eighth win of the season, which surpasses its win total from all of last season (7-23). Additionally, the Wildcats are off to their best start since the 1995-96 campaign when they went 9-1 through their first 10 games. Northwestern was receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls last week (this week's polls have not come out as of press time).
Northwestern Representing The Big Ten In A Big Way
Northwestern's victory over SEC foe Arkansas marked its third victory over a major BCS conference member. The Wildcats have knocked off a Big East team--then-No. 15 Depaul, 59-55; a Big XII member--Kansas State, 53-50; and then an SEC participant, Arkansas, 67-55. The Wildcats have already downed a fellow Big Ten rival, Purdue, 60-58, in the conference-opener on Dec. 6.
Orban Getting It Done For NU
Brittany Orban has been a huge contributor for Northwestern this season. The sophomore turned in her first double-double effort of the season against Chicago State (12.19.09) with 20 points and a career-high 10 caroms. She also chipped in four assists and was 4-of-5 from three-point land in the victory. Orban has now tallied double-figures six times this year, including three of the past four contests, and is second on the squad with 10.8 ppg.
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