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Basketball Thu Dec 03 2009

Local Hoops Action Rolls On

Currently focusing on the "student" part of student-athlete, the Northwestern men's team (6-1) is taking a break from action for exams before returning to the court on Dec. 13 to face North Carolina A&T. But not before knocking off NC State on Tuesday night, 65-53, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge behind 22 points by Michael Thompson.

The Wildcat women (5-1), meanwhile, host Clemson tonight in Evanson in their version of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. NU is hoping to stay sharp after 61-39 drubbing of Penn this past Saturday. On Sunday, Dec. 6, they face their first Big Ten opponent, Purdue, in Evanston, which is also Autism Awareness Day.

Will Walker threw in a game-high 21 points as DePaul downed Alabama State 58-50 Wednesday night in Rosemont to up their record to 5-1. The Blue Demons travel to Nashville this Saturday to take on Vanderbilt. Unfortunately for DePaul, they're going to have to do it without Mac Koshwal, who is out three to four weeks with an injured left foot. Koshwal was averaging 15 points and 13 rebounds after three games.

The Lady Blue Demons (5-2) also played Wednesday night but the result wasn't as good as they lost 79-68 to Green Bay. Anna Martin led DePaul with 19 points. Like the men's team, the Lady Blue Demons are having their injury problems as well, but theirs are a little more dire. Guard Deirdre Naughton will miss the rest of the season after tearing her ACL in a game on Nov. 27. Naughton was described as the "heart and soul" of the team by head coach Doug Bruno. DePaul returns to action on Friday against fellow Horizon League member and city rival UIC at noon on Field Trip Day at McGrath Arena. DePaul will also donate 3,000 tickets for Chicago area school children.

The Rambler women's team (4-2) couldn't hold off a late surge by Wichita State as they fell to the Shockers 62-54 Wednesday night. Loyola went stone cold in the second half and missed 12 of their 14 shots down the stretch, despite Elyse VanBogaert's season-high 19 points. They'll try to right the ship when they take on DePaul Sunday night at the Blue Demon's Lincoln Park campus.

The men's team (4-1) will open league play tonight in Green Bay when they take on the Phoenix. The Ramblers have a four-game winning streak, which they extended when they beat St. Ambrose 81-42 at the Gentile Center. They'll salute Misericordia Heart of Mercy during a special home game against San Francisco on Dec. 12.

Like Loyola, the UIC Flames men's team (1-3) will also kick off Horizon League play tonight when they travel to Wisconsin to take on Milwaukee. The Flames hope to snap a three-game losing streak, the last loss a 74-64 defeat to SIU in Carbondale. Their Sunday, Dec. 13 road game against DePaul will be broadcast on ESPN 1000 Radio.

The Flame's women's team (1-5) face a stiff challenge from DePaul on Friday night in Lincoln Park. UIC has lost three of their last four games, including a 73-46 loss to Dayton on Monday night. After that, it's a trip to Western Michigan on Dec. 13.

Chicago State
The CSU women (3-5) got a game-high 20 points from Alyssa Waldon en route to a 62-54 victory of Valparaiso Wednesday night, closing out a four-game homestand. Courtney Waldon added 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three-point range. The Lady Cougars now leave their comfort zone in a big way, traveling to Colorado this weekend to compete in the Air Force Academy Holiday Classic. The Cougars will face the host Falcons in their first game of the tournament Friday at 5 p.m., Mountain Time, then take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon.

The men's team (3-3) gets a breather for a while as they await a Dec. 10 game with Nebraska in Lincoln. They're hoping to halt a two-game losing streak that includes a 78-40 loss to Central Michigan on Tuesday.

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