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    Pair of NU Signees Receive WBCA All-America Honors



    Feb. 6, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Two Northwestern incoming freshmen, Nia Coffey (Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins) and Christen Inman (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes), were recently recognized by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) with All-America honors.
    Coffey, a 6-foot-1 forward, was selected to participate in the 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game while Inman, a 5-foot-9 guard, received WBCA High School All-America honorable mention accolades.
    Coffey was one of the nation's top 20 high school senior girls' basketball players selected for the game and the only Big Ten signee. Inman, a 5-foot-9 guard, was one of 20 players honored with 2013 WBCA High School All-America honorable mention accolades.
    The 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game takes place Saturday, April 6, at the New Orleans Arena, which is the site of the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CT and for the fourth consecutive year, the game will be played on the official NCAA Women’s Final Four court. The 20 players will be divided into two 10-player teams for the game, which will be played according to NCAA rules. 

    Bios on Coffey and Inman are below. Both signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at Northwestern and compete for the women's basketball program beginning in the fall of 2013. Ashley Deary (5-foot-4 guard, Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) and Allie Tuttle (6-foot-4 forward, Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) round out head coach Joe McKeown's recruiting class.
    Nia Coffey

    Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

    High School: Hopkins

    Height: 6-1

    Position: Forward

    High School: No. 1 ranked recruit out of Minnesota in the class of 2013 … Tabbed No. 24 nationwide and No. 8 at her position by ESPN … Helped lead Hopkins to three Minnesota state championships and looks to lead the team to another during her senior season in 2012-13 ... Two-time All-Lake Conference (2011, 2012) … 2012 Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro First Team … 2012 AP All-State … 2012 All-State Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association … Leading scorer and rebounder on state championship squads … Named to the All-Tournament Team following the 2011 and 2012 Minnesota state championships … Two-time section and Lake Conference Champions … 2011 & 2012 Defensive Player of the Year … Two-year captain … 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U-17 invitation only invitee … 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U-16 alternate … Also played a year of volleyball … Ran on the varsity track team as a seventh-grader and competed in the state meet … National Junior Olympics Track silver medalist in the 100 & 200-meter dash … Two-time Distinguished Academic Achievement Award winner.

    Personal: Born Nia Coffey ... Daughter of Sheba and Richard Coffey ... Sister, Sydney, plays basketball at Marist College … Anticipated major is mechanical engineering.

    Christen Inman

    Hometown: Katy, Texas

    High School: Seven Lakes

    Height: 5-9

    Position: Guard

    High School: Ranked No. 2 in the state by Premier Basketball Report … Tabbed 64th nationally and 15th-best guard by ESPN Hoopgurlz … 2012 TGCA All-State honoree … 2010 & 2012 TABC First Team All-Region … Three-time 19-5A First Team All-District (2010-12) … 2012 19-5A Most Valuable Player … Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year captain (sophomore-senior seasons) … Has a three-year total of 1,776 points, 330 steals, 280 assists, 90 blocks … Holds 15 school records … Three-time Houston Chronicle Honor Roll recipient … Ranked No. 1 in the class of 2013 by VYPE Magazine … Led Seven Lakes High School to first-ever 19-5A District Championship … Eclipsed the 30-point mark twice in her career … Participated in Nike Skills Camp three consecutive years (2010-12) … Played AAU for Triple D Hoops/CyFair Nike Elite … Played AAU basketball against fellow NU signee Ashley Deary … Three-time Academic All-District honoree … Currently in the top six percent of her high school class … College Board AP Scholar in 2012.

    Personal: Born Christen Angele Inman … Daughter of April and Chris Inman … Uncle Albert Clark played professional football from 1971-76 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams … Plays the piano and performs at recitals … Active in the Katy community, with involvement in Jack and Jill of America’s Katy-Prairie View Chapter (organization which provides social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth ages 2-19) … Held leadership positions with the Star Chapter of the National Charity League … Intends to major in economics and psychology at Northwestern.




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