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    Northwestern Sweeps Big Ten Weekly Honors

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Christie Gardner set NU's single-match dig record Friday against No. 15 Purdue, earning Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.
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    Senior Christie Gardner set NU's single-match dig record Friday against No. 15 Purdue, earning Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Nov. 7, 2005

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Sophomore Lindsay Anderson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and senior Christie Gardner (West Bend, Wis./West Bend East) have been named Big Ten Offensive and Co-Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced today.

    Anderson propelled Northwestern offensively to its best weekend of the year. Her team-best sixth double-double and season-high 19 kills helped Northwestern overcome an 0-2 deficit for the first time since 1993 to defeat No. 15 Purdue Friday night.

    She followed that up with the second-best match of her career Saturday night against Illinois, upping her season-high for kills to 23 -- the best total for any Wildcat this season. Her .356 average against Illinois helped NU hit .324 as a team -- its best team-total in Big Ten play this season.

    This is the first career weekly honor for Anderson and NU's first offensive POW award since Iwona Lodzik was tabbed on Sept. 15, 2003.

    In her first match after becoming NU's career-leader in digs at No. 3 Penn State, Gardner set the school's single-match record with 36 against No. 15 Purdue. She now holds the NU single-match, single-season and career records for digs.

    She made three digs on a marathon 14th point in the deciding fifth game against Purdue, helping Northwestern overcome an 0-2 deficit in a match for the first time since 1993. On Saturday against Illinois, she helped NU hit .324 as a team with 17 more digs. The Wildcats swept the season series with Illinois for the first time since 2002.

    The honor is Gardner's second of the season; she previously won defensive POW accolades on Sept. 12.