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    Nia Coffey Claims Big Ten Honor

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Nia Coffey was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the third time this season.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Nia Coffey was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the third time this season.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 28, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks for the Wildcats last week, forward Nia Coffey has been named this week’s Big Ten Freshman of the Week the conference announced Tuesday.

    Coffey helped guide Northwestern to its third win over a ranked opponent with 22 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s 63-59 win over then-No. 21/18 Nebraska. Earlier in the week, she posted 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks against ranked Purdue.

    Sunday’s performance marked Coffey’s sixth double-double of the season, which ranks eighth in NU single-season history. Her 21.0 points per game average last week ranked third in the conference while her 8.5 rebounds per game tied for fourth.

    Additionally, Coffey was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll for her performance last week.

    This is the third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor for Coffey and first during the conference season. The Minneapolis, Minn., native leads Northwestern in points (16.1), rebounds (8.3) and is tied for the team lead in blocks (2.2). She is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds, blocks and steals.


     

     

    Northwestern is back on the court Thursday, playing at Indiana. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

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