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Northwestern's Maggie Lyon out for Big Ten Tournament opener against Wisconsin

The senior will miss the Wildcats' Big Ten Tournament opener against Wisconsin.

Tristan jung

Maggie Lyon will miss Northwestern's first game of the Big Ten Tournament against Wisconsin on Wednesday. She was ruled out with a lower body injury and is currently wearing a walking boot on her left foot.

Lyon has been Northwestern's second-highest scorer on the team this season and her loss will be felt mostly from deep as Lyon is the team's best three-point shooter. Lyon also averages 5.7 rebounds per game and is tied for the highest minutes per game on the team. Her leadership and court presence will also be sorely missed. Lydia Rohde will start in Lyon's place and attempt to make up some of the 16.5 points per game that Lyon has contributed this season.

If Lyon is out for the rest of the Big Ten Tournament, Northwestern's potential to go on a run will be severely hampered. Northwestern has lacked depth for the entire season and Lyon's injury further strains head coach Joe McKeown's options. Expect Rohde and Amber Jamison to get the bulk of Lyon's minutes against Wisconsin. McKeown could also go with a bigger lineup and play Allie Tuttle in Lyon's stead.