Dec. 26, 2013
Tulane/DoubleTree Classic Notes
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- After a quick break for the holidays, Northwestern wraps up the nonconference portion of its schedule this weekend, playing at the 2013 Tulane/DoubleTree Classic. Competition runs from Saturday, Dec. 28-Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Devlin Fieldhouse on Tulane’s Campus.
NU first faces Indiana State Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. If the Wildcats win, they will play Sunday at 3 p.m. CT vs. the winner of the Northeastern/Tulane game. Should they lose Saturday’s game, they will play in the consolation game at 1 p.m.
Complete tournament information, can be found with this link. Should Northwestern play Tulane on Sunday, that game will air live via web stream.
TWO WINS IN NOLA WOULD…
Northwestern is out to a 9-2 start on the year. Two wins in New Orleans would give the Wildcats an 11-2 mark heading into Big Ten play, which would tie for the best start in the Joe McKeown era. The 2010-11 squad went 11-2 in nonconference action while the 2009-10 team went 10-2 against out of conference foes and then won its Big Ten opener to improve to an 11-2 start to the year. As of Dec. 22, NU’s 9-2 mark is tied for third in the Big Ten standings.
LAST TIME OUT
Three NU freshmen combined for 48 of Northwestern’s 72 points as the Wildcats took out IUPUI, 72-61 on Dec. 21 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Freshman point guard Ashley Deary had a career high 21 points and matched her career best with nine assists. Freshman forwards Nia Coffey and Christen Inman contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Maggie Lyon also chipped in 10 points.
NU forced IUPUI into 21 turnovers, which led to 18 Wildcat points, while finishing with just seven miscues on its own. NU also had 13 steals, including five from Lyon and three each by Inman and Deary.
Northwestern brings a three-game winning streak into this weekend's tournament, defeating Loyola, 90-57, Oral Roberts, 84-54 and IUPUI, 72-61. Four Wildcats are averaging double figures in the last three games as Christen Inman leads the way with a 14.7 ppg average. Maggie Lyon is close behind at 14.3 ppg in the last three. Here's a look at some notable stats for the Wildcats in the last three wins:
Scoring Margin: +24.7
Field Goal %: .478
Opp. Field Goal %: .316
3-Point FG%: .453
Turnover Margin: +6.0
SCOUTING THE TULANE/DOUBLETREE CLASSIC
Indiana State Record: 4-5
All-Time Series Record vs. Indiana State: First Meeting
Northeastern Record: 6-4
All-Time Series Record vs. Northeastern: 3-0
Tulane Record: 7-3
All-Time Series Record vs. Tulane: 1-0
Notable: Indiana State and Tulane both qualified for the postseason last year, playing in the WNIT. NU's first opponent at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic, Indiana State, snapped a three-game losing streak last week, defeating Butler, 62-56. The Sycamores are led by Anna Munn who is averaging 15.3 points per game. She leads the team in 3-pointers with 23 on the year and the next highest total is five 3-pointers by Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who ranks second on the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game. Rachel Mahan and Marina Laramie both average more than seven rebounds a game.
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