NU Sports – Northwestern Set to Host No. 18 Marquette for Autism Awareness Day

EVANSTON, Ill. –Northwestern women’s basketball will host No. 18 Marquette on Sunday, Dec. 9 for Autism Awareness Day. Tip off is set for 1pm. 
“We are really excited to host Autism Awareness Day on Sunday. My goal every year is to not only bring awareness to our community but to create an environment for families to come and have a fun release through the game of basketball,” said head coach Joe McKeown.
The Northwestern’s women’s basketball team has a special connection with autism and since head coach Joe McKeown took over in 2008 the Wildcats have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the developmental disorder. One way to increase the knowledge of those in the Chicagoland area is to partner with Autism Speaks to host the annual Autism Awareness Game at Welsh-Ryan Arena. There will be a quiet room available in the arena as well therapy services provided by By Your Side. Early-arriving fans will also receive an event t-shirt.
The Wildcats are 8-3 all-time against the Golden Eagles, with their most recent matchup coming in head coach Joe McKeown‘s first year at the helm. 
After winning their first five games, the Wildcats are coming off two hard-fought contests. The Cats exploded in the first quarter against DePaul, scoring the most points (32) in the first quarter in program history. Despite only trailing by two heading into the fourth quarter, Northwestern dropped the contest 60-76. 
Sophomore Jordan Hamilton led the Cats with a season-high 20 points on 4-7 shooting from three-point range. Hamilton also contributed five assists, four rebounds and a steal while pacing the team in minutes played.
Sophomore Lindsay Pulliam notched her sixth consecutive double-digit scoring outing with 13 points. Pulliam also recorded four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. 
Junior Abbie Wolf finished with season-highs in points (8) , rebounds (11) and minutes (26) while shooting 4-7 from the floor. 
Scouting the Opponent: 

  • No. 18 Marquette holds a 6-2 record, with the Golden Eagles’ lone loss coming on the road against No. 24 Miami (FL) and to No. 6 Mississippi State 
  • Senior Allazia Blockton paces the Big East with 19.1 points per game 
  • Senior Natisha Hiedeman slots in tenth in the Big East with 14 points per game and second in the conference with 6 assists per game
  • Marquette leads the Big East in scoring (87.4 points per game) and average margin of victory (+29.1 points per game)

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