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Nebraska Wesleyan @ Northwestern 2 p.m. Saturday, January 25, Orange City, Iowa


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Located in Lincoln, NE, Nebraska Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Host Nebraska Wesleyan In Pink-Out Game

Game Time...Second ranked Northwestern plays host to Nebraska Wesleyan in a GPAC women's basketball match-up on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2pm. The Red Raiders are in first place in the GPAC with a 10-1 record, 18-1 overall, while NWU is 0-11 in the conference, 1-15 overall. Saturday will also be the annual Pink Out games, raising awareness for cancer. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or follow the live stats at the following link: Live Stats!

All-Time...Northwestern owns a 27-8 lead in the all-time series against Nebraska Wesleyan, winning 16 straight games in the rivalry, including a 105-53 win over the Wolves earlier this year. NWU last defeated Northwestern during the 1999-2000 season. 

Last Time vs NWU...Northwestern used a 23-1 first half  run to break open a close game early as the Red Raiders went on to defeat NWU 105-53 on Dec. 7. 

Tied at 14, Northwestern put the game away with a 23-1 run over a seven minute stretch to lead 37-15. Northwestern held a 48-25 at the break. 

Leading 72-47, the Red Raiders closed the game on a 33-6 run, limiting NWU to just two field goals over the final nine minutes. 

Northwestern shot 54% for the game and was led by Karen Hutson with 20 points and five rebounds. Alli Engebretson added 17 and Samantha Kleinsasser put in 15. The Red Raiders held a 48-37 edge on the boards. Courtney Cook led NWU with 15 points and Bridget Bucher added 12. 

Nebraska Wesleyan News and Notes...The Prairie Wolves have lost 15 straight games since a 70-50 season-opening win over MacMurry on Nov. 15. They have an 0-11 record in the GPAC, going 0-5 since the new year with losses to Mount Marty, Hastings, Dordt, Doane and Dakota Wesleyan. 

Britni Fett is in her first season as the Wolves' head coach after spending the last two years as assistant at Lakeland College (Wis.). Fett inherits a NWU team that returns just one starter and three players off a 2012-13 team that went 1-19 in the GPAC, 3-22 overall. 

Nebraska Wesleyan averages 59 points per game while shooting 37% from the field and 21% from the three-point line. The Wolves are 11th in the GPAC in rebounding (-6) and give up 82 points per game. 

Felicia TeKolste is the lone returning starter from last year and leads the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game, ninth most in the GPAC. She leads the team with 12 three-pointers and is second on the team with 24 assists. Courtney Cook scores 11 points per game to go with 22 blocked shots, sixth most in the GPAC. Bridget Bucher averages 10.5 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game, shooting 46% from the field. 

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders dropped its first game of the season on Wednesday night, falling to #10 Morningside 90-79. The Mustangs scored the final 11 points after Northwestern had tied it at 79 on a three-pointer by Samantha Kleinsasser. Northwestern remains in first place in the GPAC at 10-1, 18-1 overall. 

Northwestern ranks second in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 92 points per game. They also are among the NAIA's best in field goal percentage (47%), three-point percentage (36%) and rebound margin (+11). Defensively, Northwestern gives up 69 points per game and leads the conference in field goal percentage defense (37%). 

The Red Raiders boast the top two scorers in the conference in Alli Engebretson and Karen Hutson. Engebretson averages 19.1 points per game and ranks second in the GPAC with 61 three-pointers, shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arc. Hutson puts in 17.5 points per game and leads the GPAC in field goal percentage (57%). Samantha Kleinsasser ranks in the top 10 in both scoring (16.1ppg) and rebounding (7.5) while totaling 31 blocked shots, second most in the GPAC. Mackenzie Small scores 12.4 points per game and has 35 three-pointers. Paige O'Neal leads the GPAC with 109 assists and is 10th in steals (41). 

Up Next...Northwestern begins a two-game road swing as they head to Yankton, S.D. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 to play Mount Marty.