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Wildcats Aim for WNIT Championship at Arizona

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern (21-14, 9-9 Big Ten) looks to secure its first-ever postseason tournament title as the Wildcats head to Tucson, Arizona to play in the WNIT Championship Game against Arizona. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 6. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. 
 
This is the first time Chicago’s Big Ten Team has made it to the final round of a national tournament under coach Joe McKeown, and the second postseason championship in program history.
 
The ‘Cats enter the game after a 74-69 semifinal win over James Madison in Harrisonburg. 
 
Senior forward Pallas Kunayi-Akpanah made Northwestern history with her 19th double-double of the season to surpass Nia Coffey for sole possession of the single-season double-double record. With 11 points and 11 rebounds at JMU, she was one of five Wildcats to score in double digits.   
 
Lindsey Pulliam paced the ‘Cats with a team-high 16 points. The sophomore is averaging 19.2 points per game in the postseason. 
 
Junior center Abi Scheid went 4-for-6 from beyong the arc, scoring a total of 14 points. First-year guard Veronica Burton and sophomore guard Jordan Hamilton poured in 12 points apiece.

With a season record of 21-14, the seventh time the team has won 21 games in a single-season and the most since 2015. 
 
This is just the second meeting between the two Wildcat teams. Northwestern and Arizona battled in the now defunct NWIT game in 1996. 
 
Fans can tune in to the championship game by  listening to WNUR or by tuning in to CBS Sports Network.
 
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