Jan. 29, 2014
NU vs. Indiana Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After taking down No. 21/18 Nebraska in its last contest, Northwestern now turns its attention to two games this week, beginning with Thursday’s contest at Indiana. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. The week wraps up at home when NU welcomes Penn State to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game marks the seventh time this year where the Wildcats have faced a ranked opponent as PSU is tabbed No. 12/13 in the latest polls.
LAST TIME OUT: NU UPENDS NO. 21/18 NEBRASKA, 63-59
It was an exciting game Sunday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena as Northwestern upset No. 21/18 Nebraska 63-59. The game featured eight ties and 14 lead changes with the Wildcats prevailing down the stretch for their third win over a ranked opponent this year.
Nia Coffey led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Christen Inman added 12 and Ashley Deary chipped in 10 points. Maggie Lyon scored a key layup with 1:21 left in the game to break the eighth and final tie, putting NU ahead for good.
The Wildcats did a good job of containing Nebraska’s leading scorer heading into the game, Jordan Hooper. She had 11 points in the first half and finished with 11 for the game. Tear’a Laudermill led the Huskers with 18 points.
A bucket by Nebraska’s Emily Cady tied things up for the final time at 57-57. Lyon’s layup and another key 3-pointer by Inman gave NU a comfortable 62-57 lead. After two free throws by Laudermill with seven seconds left put Nebraska within three, Inman drained one final free throw with five seconds left to ice the 63-59 Northwestern win.
COFFEY CLAIMS BIG TEN HONOR
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.
KEEP THE COFFEY FLOWING
Freshman forward Nia Coffey has put up some impressive offensive numbers in the last few games. She is currently on a five-game streak of scoring in double figures, with three of those games coming as 20+-point outings. Here’s a look at her numbers in the last five games compared to her season stats:
DOUGLAS DIALED IN FROM LONG DISTANCE
Sophomore Lauren Douglas has emerged as one of the best 3-point shooters in the Big Ten. The 6-2 forward ranks fifth in the conference, shooting .456 from long distance (26-of-57). Douglas has seven games this year with at least two made 3-pointers and the Wildcats are 5-2 in those contests. She currently is on a streak of 13-straight games with a 3-pointer, including two made in each of the last three games.
Northwestern has had at least three players score 10+ points in each of the last four games. Against Nebraska, three freshmen finished in double figures with Nia Coffey’s 22 leading the way. Christen Inman added 12 and Ashley Deary had 10 points. In total, the three freshmen combined for 69.8 percent (44 of 63 points) in NU’s win over the ranked Huskers.
Against Nebraska on Jan. 26, Joe McKeown utilized a starting lineup with three freshmen, Nia Coffey, Ashley Deary and Christen Inman, along with two sophomores, Maggie Lyon and Lauren Douglas. Those five all rank in the top five in scoring for NU and account for 84.2 percent of NU’s scoring so far this year (1,171 of 1,391 points).
2013-14 Record: 15-5, 2-5 B1G
All-Time Series Record: IU lead, 36-32; Northwestern won last meeting, 53-39, on Jan. 28, 2013 in Evanston.
Notable: This is the lone meeting of the year between the Wildcats and Hoosiers. Indiana also has a young squad featuring seven freshmen, two of which rank in the top three on the team in scoring. Guard Larryn Brooks has started all 20 games and leads the team in scoring with 17.4 ppg while fellow freshman Taylor Agler is third on the team, averaging 8.4 ppg. Indiana had a strong start to the season, opening the year with a 14-0 record, which included an 86-84 win over Iowa in the team’s Big Ten opener on Jan. 2. Since then, the Hoosiers have gone 1-5 with their lone conference win in that span coming at home against Minnesota (83-78) in overtime.
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