Jan. 24, 2014
NU vs. Nebraska Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern faces its second ranked opponent in as many games and sixth this season when No. 21/18 Nebraska visits Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU opened the 2014 Big Ten slate at Nebraska, in a game that went down to the wire and favored the Huskers by just a point, 66-65.
LAST TIME VS. NEBRASKA
The Wildcats went toe-to-toe with the preseason conference favorites but Nebraska took the narrow 66-65 victory on Jan. 2, 2014.
NU freshman guard Christen Inman led the team with 19 points on a perfect 8-of-8 from the field. Fellow freshman Nia Coffey added 16 points while sophomore Lauren Douglas chipped in 13 points off the bench, all coming in the second half. Freshman point guard, 5-foot-4 Ashley Deary, grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to go along with seven assists.
NU had a four-point lead late but Nebraska came back to take the 66-65 lead with 1:26 remaining. After a Wildcat turnover, Nebraska missed a shot on the other end, giving Northwestern the ball back with 16.1 seconds to play. Maggie Lyon had a great look from 3-point range that just missed. NU fouled the Huskers quickly and Rachel Theriot missed the front end of the bonus, giving the Wildcats one last shot but Ashley Deary was unable to get her half-court heave off before time expired, giving Nebraska the narrow 66-65 win.
COHEN, DOUGLAS CONTINUE TO CLIMB ALL-TIME BLOCKS LIST
Junior Alex Cohen and sophomore Lauren Douglas both rank in the top 10 in Northwestern history for career blocks. With 82 career blocks, Cohen is in seventh all-time, needing just two more to tie for sixth. Lauren Douglas had four swats Thursday at Purdue, moving her into 8th all-time with 76. Here’s a look at where they rank:
1. Amy Jaeschke (2007-11) 357
2. Sarah Kwasinski (2001-05) 216
3. Anucha Browne (1982-85) 174
4. Christina Braden (1992-96) 106
5. Dannielle Diamant (2009-13) 93
6. Heather Ertel (1989-93) 84
7. Alex Cohen (2011-present) 82
8. Lauren Douglas (2012-present) 76
9. Kendall Hackney (2009-13) 75
10. Patricia Babcock (1991-94) 73
Northwestern has had at least three players score 10+ points in each of the last three games. On Thursday, four Wildcats posted double figures at Purdue with Nia Coffey’s 20 points leading NU. It was her fifth 20-point outing of the season.
COFFEY FILLS THE STAT SHEET
Freshman forward Nia Coffey is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. The Minneapolis, Minn., native averages 15.8 ppg to rank seventh, 8.32 rpg for sixth, 1.9 steals per game to tie for eighth and 2.3 blocks per game to rank third. Additionally, Coffey is one of just three players in the conference to rank in the top 10 for points and rebounds, along with Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper and Wisconsin junior Michala Johnson.
’CATS SNEAKING UP ON SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS LIST
A few Wildcats are close to cracking the top 10, or already rank in the top 10, on some NU single-season records. Here’s a look:
9. Anucha Browne (1982-83) - 48
10. Nia Coffey (2013-14) - 44
-- Dannielle Diamant (2012-13) - 43
-- Alex Cohen (2013-14) - 39
10. Anne Marie McNamee (1985-86) - 175
-- Ashley Deary (2013-14) - 137
10. Nancy Kennelly (1990-91), Kelly Cole (1989-90) - 65
-- Ashley Deary (2013-14) - 46
8. Ifeoma Okonkwo (2005-06) - 6
9. Nia Coffey (2013-14) – 5
2013-14 Record: 13-4, 3-2 B1G
All-Time Series Record: Nebraska leads 7-2; Nebraska won last meeting, 66-65 on Jan. 2, 2014 in Lincoln, Neb.
Notable: Northwestern and Nebraska opened the year 2014 in Lincoln with the Huskers taking a narrow one-point victory. Since then, Nebraska has gone 2-2 with wins over Illinois (75-56) and Minnesota (88-85, OT) with losses at Michigan State (70-57) and at home vs. Purdue (77-75). Nebraska has been off since its game vs. the Boilermakers last Sunday. Sophomore guard Rachel Theriot was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 26.0 points, on 66.7 percent from the field, while also averaging 6.5 assists per game.
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