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Maggie Lyon out for Northwestern's Big Ten semifinal against Maryland

Tristan Jung

Maggie Lyon has been ruled out for Northwestern’s game today against Maryland with a lower body injury. Lyon has missed the last three games against Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana. Head coach Joe McKeown has still not made any official comments about Lyon's situation.

As she did in the last two games, Lydia Rohde will start in Lyon’s place. The offense will once again have to survive without its second-highest scorer and best three-point shooter. However, the Northwestern's bench players have picked it up in Lyon's place. Rohde was efficient from the field against Wisconsin, scoring 8 points and hitting two three pointers. Amber Jamison also picked up 6 points. Against Minnesota, Jordan Hankins stole the show, scoring 14 points and icing the game late with 6 free throws. Hankins hit 2 threes against Indiana and scored 8 points. Most of Lyon’s shots have been split between Nia Coffey and Christen Inman, who along with Ashley Deary will continue to carry much of the scoring load for Northwestern.

In Northwestern’s loss to Maryland at Welsh-Ryan, Lyon scored 25 points and led Northwestern's second half comeback that ultimately fell short.  Northwestern has continued to play well in the last few games without Lyon and much of that has to do with the play of the bench. There will need to be more unexpected contributors today as Northwestern attempts to win its fourth game in fourth days.

Northwestern faces off against Maryland Saturday around 2:00 p.m. CST on BTN.