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Northwestern assistant coach and former Buffalo Grove standout Allison Guth walks the sideline as the Wildcats face Iowa in the Big Ten tournament Thursday at the Sears Centre.

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Wisconsin forward Jacki Gulczynski (35) splits Illinois guards Adrienne GodBold (24) and Amber Moore (42) while fighting for a rebound during the Big Ten women's basketball tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday.

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Northwestern forward Maggie Lyon (25) reacts as time winds on the Wildcats against Iowa during the Big Ten women's basketball tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday.

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On the front page of the media packet for the Big Ten women's basketball tournament at the Sears Centre this weekend, there's a listing of Illinois high school products on Big Ten teams this season. It's a short list. Of the 157 players rostered on the 12 Big Ten teams, only 17 played their high school basketball in Illinois. Ten of those 17 play at Illinois or Northwestern. Jacki Gulczynski (Bartlett) and Michala Johnson (Montini/redshirt year) are at Wisconsin, Anna Morrissey (Stevenson) plays at Michigan State, Claire Jakubicek (Cary-Grove/redshirt year) is at Indiana, Melissa Dixon (Johnsburg) and Nicole Smith (Hononegah) at Iowa, and Sam Arnold (Lake Park) at Michigan. Buffalo Grove graduate Allison Guth played at Illinois and just completed her first season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northwestern, which saw its season end with Thursday's 60-55 loss to Iowa.
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    • Northwestern assistant coach and former Buffalo Grove standout Allison Guth walks the sideline as the Wildcats face Iowa in the Big Ten tournament Thursday at the Sears Centre.
    • Wisconsin forward Jacki Gulczynski (35) splits Illinois guards Adrienne GodBold (24) and Amber Moore (42) while fighting for a rebound during the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday.
    • Northwestern forward Maggie Lyon (25) reacts as time winds on the Wildcats against Iowa during the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Thursday.
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