Wildcats are looking to jump in the conference's top four teams to earn a Big Ten Tournament bye
2014: Had 30 starts and 37 total appearances in the circle ... Won the Big Ten strikeout crown with 105 Ks in league play ... NFCA All-Region second-team selection ... Ranked 18th in the NCAA with 8.9 Ks per seven innings ... Tossed a complete game in a narrow 4-3 loss against No. 22 Stanford in the season opener (2/7) ... Picked up a win in a brief start against Boise State, going 3.0 innings and fanning five without allowing a run during an eventual 13-2 (5) NU win (2/8) ... Won twice in relief agaist George Washington at the LSU-hosted Tiger Invitational ... Also had a complete-game, two-hit victory over Penn State in an 11-1 (5) run-rule decision in Baton Rouge (2/16) ... Fired a complete-game four-hitter to defeat a tough San Diego State squad, allowing only one earned run (2/22) ... Fanned eight in a 5.0-inning complete-game run rule win over UC Santa Barbara (3/1) ... Earned her first-career shutout and no-hitter in the same game, blanking LIU Brooklyn with seven strikeouts in a 10-0 (5) win (3/8) ... Effort was the 47th no-hitter in Northwestern history ... Fanned a career-high 11 in a complete-game, run-rule victory over Northern Illinois (3/26) ... Earned a second-straight complete-game, run-rule win on 3/28, this time while fanning seven against No. 19 Nebraska ... Matched her career-best with 11 Ks in a complete-game win at Iowa (4/5) ... Earned a complete-game win at No. 14 Minnesota (4/11) ... Did not allow a ball to be in play until the fourth inning, fanning a career-high 12 and firing her second no-hitter of the season in an 8-0 (5) victory at Loyola (Chicago) (4/16) ... Again fanned 12 in a six-inning, two-hit shutout of Indiana (4/18) ... Tossed a two-hit shutout of Michigan State with six Ks in a 5.0-inning, run-rule shortened 8-0 win ... Those six strikeouts gave her an even 200 for the year, the 16th 200-strikeout season by an NU pitcher in school history ... Fanned nine in a 6.0-inning complete-game win over Iona in an NCAA Tournament elimination game (5/16).
2013: Made five starts in the circle and four relief appearances ... In limited action, averaged an impressive 10.83 strikeouts per seven innings with 33 Ks over 21.1 total frames for the year ... Entered a contest at No. 25 Nebraska (3/22) and tossed two scoreless innings of relief with five strikeouts ... Struck out five and allowed no earned runs in 2.0 innings of relief against Iowa (4/13) ... In a no-decision start against Northern Illinois, struck out the side in the first and second innings before exiting the circle after 4.2 frames with a career-best nine strikeouts.
High School: Two-time Southern Lakes Conference Player of the Year ... Three-time All-Southern Lakes Conference first team, All-County first team and team MVP ... Earned All-State second team honors as a freshman and first-team accolades as a sophomore and junior ... 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Area Player of the Year ... Entering her senior year, has a career record of 53-8 with a 0.42 ERA and 692 strikeouts in 382.0 innings of work ... As a junior, led Wilmot Union to a state runner-up finish with a 25-2 record, a 0.31 ERA and 302 strikeouts in 160.0 innings pitched ... Threw the eighth no-hitter in state tournament history ... Once fanned 17-straight batters in a Southern Lakes Conference contest ... Recorded 15-straight shutouts at one point during her prep career ... Has led Wilmont Union to three conference titles and two total state tournament appearances ... Played seven years of club with the Wisconsin Lightning, earning seventh place at the ASA Class A Nationals ... Club coach is Scott Hermes ... Honor roll member.
Personal: Born Kristen Marie Wood ... Daughter of Jerry and Dawn Wood ... Volunteers at a no-kill animal shelter ... Chose Northwestern over Wisconsin ... Plans to major in life and biomedical sciences.