Two Tough: Mocchi Twins Contribute to Wildcats’ Resurgence

Sophomore twins Allison and Maggie Mocchi rewrote the girls' basketball record books at Buffalo Grove High School, leading their team to three consecutive state quarterfinal appearances and a third-place finish in Illinois during their senior season. The Mocchis lost just 21 games over their entire high school careers.

They're working for the same success at Northwestern. The Mocchis, both guards, are part of the continued resurgence of the once-storied Wildcat program.

While Allison was sidelined for much of last season with a knee injury, Maggie and the rest of the Wildcats took some big steps during the 2008-09 campaign. The team notched its most Big Ten Conference wins in six years while losing four conference games by 10 points or less.

As a freshman Maggie played in all 30 games, averaging almost 19 minutes per game and finishing second on the team in 3-pointers and defensive rebounds.

With All-American candidate Amy Jaeschke, the Wildcats' junior center, and the nation's 20th-ranked recruiting class, Northwestern is poised for success.

"Recently, Northwestern has not really been known for women's basketball," said Maggie, "but with our players, coaches and staff we can turn this program around."

 — Robbie Levin (J12)