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Women’s basketball conference opponents announced

Women’s basketball conference opponents announced
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The Big Ten released conference opponents for Northwestern today, and here’s how the program’s slate will look:

During the 2015-16 season, the Wildcats went 4-14 in the Big Ten but advanced all the way to semifinals of the conference tournament in March, winning games against Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana before falling to top-seeded Maryland. Then-junior forward Nia Coffey scored 100 total points over the course of the four games, setting a tournament record.

NU’s season ended in the first round of the WNIT in a loss to San Diego.

In 2016-17, the Cats will play only 16 conference games as opposed to 18 a season ago. The reduced number of Big Ten games may prove beneficial, as NU will only face off against powerhouses Maryland, Michigan State and Ohio State once each.

However, the team will also face potential bottom-feeders just once with only three games scheduled against Penn State, Wisconsin and Illinois. Two games against a Minnesota team sans No. 4 WNBA Draft pick Rachel Banham, who tied an NCAA record against the Cats with 60 points, would have been a good break for the team as well.

The teams NU will play twice — Indiana, Purdue and Rutgers — are all middle-of-the-pack programs.

Monday’s schedule announcement adds on to the previously announced Big Ten/ACC Challenge opponent from a few weeks ago. NU will face Virginia on Dec. 1.

Incoming freshman drafted by Chicago White Sox

Incoming freshman drafted by Chicago White Sox
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None of the Wildcats’ juniors or seniors were selected in the MLB Draft over the past three days, but one of coach Spencer Allen’s newest recruits got the call Saturday.

Leo Kaplan, an outfielder from Santa Monica, California, was selected 1,106th overall in the 37th round by the Chicago White Sox. Kaplan attended Harvard-Westlake School and earned at least two varsity letters over his career, as well as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015.

Before Northwestern’s 2016 season began, Kaplan was announced as one of Allen’s first class of recruits. It remains to be seen whether or not Kaplan will attend NU in the fall or sign with the White Sox.

Through Saturday’s game, Chicago sits in third place in the AL Central division with a 31-31 record, 4 games behind the first-place Cleveland Indians.

The MLB Draft took place from Thursday through Saturday over the course of 40 rounds and 1,216 picks.

UPDATE (6:29 p.m.): The program told The Daily that Kaplan will be attending Northwestern in the fall and not sign with the White Sox. Kaplan will be eligible for the MLB Draft following his junior season.

Maddie Lipp falls in first round of NCAA Singles Championships

Maddie Lipp falls in first round of NCAA Singles Championships
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By Mike Marut

Sophomore Maddie Lipp made her NCAA Singles Championship debut Tuesday against Florida’s Belinda Woolcock. No. 16 seed Lipp came into the match being the only player for Northwestern chosen for the Singles Championship tournament. In a tooth-and-nail matchup, No. 9 seed Woolcock was able to best Lipp in two tiebreak sets, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7).

Despite the singles loss, Lipp has not yet finished her postseason run as she will be competing in the doubles tournament alongside sophomore Alex Chatt for a chance to take home the doubles championship. The pair will play their first round match against Mississippi State’s Madison Harrison and Kristin Vozniak.

Morning Roundup: May 24, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 24, 2016
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The Daily continues its Curtain Call series of senior profiles Tuesday with two more features…

  • Melissa Haniff takes an in-depth look at the relationship between Andrea Filler and Amy Letourneau of the softball team.
  • Ben Pope writes about Zach Jones’ four years of consistency for Northwestern baseball.
  • Wildcat women’s golf finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history.
  • The men’s basketball team will play Wake Forest in this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge, per a report from CBSSports.

And here’s a look at Tuesday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 23, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 23, 2016
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It’s our last week of publication but we have some excellent features lined up. Kicking off the week…

  • Max Schuman takes an in-depth look about the struggles men’s basketball coach Chris Collins has faced recruiting local talent.
  • Cole Paxton recaps the last baseball series of the season, which Northwestern won but set a record for futility.
  • Marty Johnson reviews Wildcat softball’s NCAA Regional bracket, consisting of three close contests.

And here’s a look at Monday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 19, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 19, 2016
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The Wildcats will wrap up most of their sports this weekend. Here’s what’s going on in the world of Northwestern athletics…

  • In the latest installment of our ‘Curtain Call’ series, Sophie Mann takes a look at the career of libero Caroline Niedospial, who became engrossed in the game of volleyball thanks to her older sister.
  • Joe Wilkinson recaps the men’s golf Regional where the Wildcats took seventh place.
  • Ben Pope previews the baseball team’s final series of the season.
  • Lacrosse player Kaleigh Craig earned third-team All-American honors.

And here’s a look at Thursday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 18, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 18, 2016
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With the academic quarter winding down, Northwestern sports are as well. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t writing anymore…

  • Dan Waldman profiles wrestling coach Matt Storniolo in the latest edition of The Sideline, and how as the youngest coach in the Big Ten, Storniolo can greatly connect with his players.
  • Melissa Haniff and Marty Johnson discuss the softball team’s NCAA Regionals chances in a Roundtable.

And here’s a look at Wednesday’s back page:

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Morning Roundup: May 17, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 17, 2016
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History was made in Evanston as the Northwestern baseball team tied a program record for most losses in a season. Here’s what else happened…

  • Max Gelman recaps a baseball sweep where Cal outscored the Wildcats 59-5 in four games.
  • Robbie Markus writes about the women’s tennis season ending in the NCAA Regionals.
  • Sophie Mann discusses the cross country team’s unhappiness with its performance at the Dr. Keeler Invitational.
  • The Carolina Panthers signed Miles Shuler to their 90-man roster.

And here’s a look at Tuesday’s back page:

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Northwestern baseball ties program record for most losses in a season

Northwestern baseball ties program record for most losses in a season
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The Wildcats baseball team recorded its 38th loss of the season Monday, tying a school record for most losses in a season.

Northwestern is now 13-38 on the year after being swept by Cal in a 4-game series. The Cats previously lost 38 games in the 1992 season, going 18-38.

NU concludes its season with a 3-game set against Rutgers beginning this Thursday. Even if the team sweeps the series and finishes 16-38, the .296 winning percentage will be the program’s worst since 1970.

Morning Roundup: May 16, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 16, 2016
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The Wildcats had a busy weekend of sports. We’ll catch you up to speed…

  • Dan Waldman recaps the lacrosse team’s humbling loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Benjy Apelbaum describes the men’s tennis team falling short of its goals.
  • Melissa Haniff writes about the softball Big Ten Tournament, where the Wildcats lost but still remained eligible to gain an NCAA Tournament bid.
  • Joe Wilkinson previews the men’s golf NCAA Regionals as Northwestern prepares to face some tough teams.

And here’s a look at Monday’s back page:

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