Coach Roy's Random Thoughts

The Court Cats and Lady Court Cats take road losses, Tennis and Swimming continue to roll and four Alums in line for one of them super rings... just a few random thoughts from the weekend of Wildcat action today.

Don't mess with the Ladies:

The Lady Court Cats may have stumbled a bit Sunday against former Big 10 Power Purdue, but they are still playing over .500 ball in the Big Ten. Senior Amy Jaeschke is the team's scoring leader, with 19 against the Boilers, was joined by Senior Beth Marshall in double figures.

Four early turnovers, too few offensive rebounds, and a double-double by Purdue's Drey Mingo kept the Cats out of the win column.

Where's Johnny?

He was out there a bunch of minutes as NU dropped an overtime game to the Spartans up in East Lansing even though they outscored the Izzoes from the field. I turned the game on late and was amazed that Drew Crawford, who seemed to have disappeared lately, was scoring and playing the kind of game we came expect from him earlier in the season.

But Shurna couldn't buy a 3 pointer, and neither could the rest of the team as they shot 30% from downtown against MSU's 7 for 19 shooting outside the arc. The game was won by MSU in overtime on the foul line. Sparty hit 24 of 28, including 6 of 8 during OT from the line - it was the difference in the score.

Cats need to get back into their rhythm as they face a stumbling 1-4 Michigan team at home tomorrow - 8 O'clock tipoff.

Elsewhere in Wildcat Land:

Our dominance in the "country club" sports seems to be back with both Men's and Women's Tennis picking up wins. The women open their dual season against Vandy on Friday after a pretty successful weekend and their Wildcat Invitational.

NU's frosh Belinda Niu was declared the singles champ, two sophs Brittany Wowchuk and Kate Turvy claimed the doubles crown.

Meanwhile, the 2-0 guys were rollingover UIC 6-1. Next up is the battle of the SAT's and a trip to Hahvaahd Friday.

All of this is warmup for the Big 10 season, that starts March 25th, but another big match for the Cats will be Notre Dame in early March.

The Cat's with Knives - the women's fencing team - is in the thick of their Spring action. They're in action today in Dallas.

NFL Playoffs: Once again we can guarantee an NU connection to this year's Super Bowl, (or whatever it's officially called...)

Marquice Cole (The Jets), Trai Essex (Steelers), Nick Roach and Corey Wootton (Bears) are all set to play in their team's league championship next Sunday. Of course Mike Murphy (Packers) used to be our Athletic Director, finishing the NU Connection with the four teams.

I heard Cole's name a couple of times Sunday, and Roach recovered one of the on-side kicks at the end of the game to secure the game for da Bears.

But doesn't it seem strange that a program known for offense has three of four alums playing on the defensive side of the ball?

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-- daCoach

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