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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman forward Nia Coffey is averaging 22.0 ppg in the last three.
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    Freshman forward Nia Coffey is averaging 22.0 ppg in the last three.
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    Feb. 22, 2014

    Game 27: Northwestern (14-12, 4-9 B1G)
    at Ohio State (14-15, 4-9 B1G)
     Date  Sunday, Feb. 23 | 11 a.m. CT
     Location  Value City Arena  | Columbus, Ohio
     TV  Big Ten Network & BTN2Go (Kevin Lee & Shelley Till)
     Radio  WNURSports.com
     Live Tweets  @NU_SportsLIVE
     Live Stats  Gametracker
     Social Media  @nuwbball   |  Facebook

    NU vs. OSU Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Only three regular season games remain for Northwestern, two of which are on the road. Sunday, the Wildcats face off against Ohio State for the lone meeting this year, visiting Columbus for an 11 a.m. CT tip. Sunday’s game will air live on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Lee and Shelley Till on the call.

    Next week marks the final week of the regular season. NU will host Michigan State Thursday, Feb. 27 for Senior Night and then wrap up the regular season on the road at Wisconsin on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Before Thursday’s game at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Wildcats will honor seniors Meghan McKeown and La’Terria Taylor.

    STRONG COFFEY
    Freshman forward Nia Coffey only played 20 minutes Thursday night at Penn State but logged 14 points on 7-of-10 from the field, before fouling out with 12:22 remaining. Prior to Thursday, Coffey had scored 20+ points in back-to-back contests, recording a career-high 29 at Iowa and followed that up with 23 points vs. Minnesota. In her last 10 games played (she missed the first meeting of the year vs. Penn State on Feb. 2), Coffey has scored 20+ points five times and is averaging 17.0 ppg. If you remove the Indiana and Michigan games in which she played limited minutes due to a left ankle injury, Coffey is averaging 20.5 ppg in 33.8 minutes. NU is 4-4 when Coffey reaches 20+ points and 6-1 when she posts a double-double.
     
    LYON LATELY
    Maggie Lyon consistently scores in double figures for the Wildcats and ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 ppg. At PSU, Lyon led Northwestern with 17 points, including a career-high tying five 3-pointers. In the last six games, Lyon is averaging 14.3 ppg, a point better than her season average. That total ranks third on the team for the span of the last six games with Lauren Douglas’s 15.5 ppg leading the way while Nia Coffey is averaging 14.4 ppg (in five games played).
     
    Lyon has had a few lenghty double-digit scoring streaks during her short stint in Evanston:
    • 12 games - 1/20/13 -- 3/3/13
    • 8 games - 11/9/12 -- 12/31/12 (missed 5 games in December due to injury)
    • 7 games - 11/10/13 -- 12/1/13
    • 5 games - 12/14/13 -- 12/29/13
    • 4 games - 1/30/14 - 2/10/14
     
    In total, Lyon has scored 10+ points in 41 of her 51 games played, or 80.4 percent of her games with the Wildcats.
     
    CHASING HISTORY
    Northwestern has 186 blocks so far this year, which is a new program record. With six blocks at Iowa, NU surpassed the program record of 169 blocks in a season, set by last year’s squad. NU is now chasing Big Ten history. With three regular-season games left, the Wildcats look to move up the top 10 in single-season Big Ten history and possibly take the top spot. NU would need 25 more blocks to tie the conference record. Here’s a look at the top 10 for a single-season amongst Big Ten teams:
     
    1. 211 - Michigan State (2006-07; 33 games)
    2. 206 - Michigan State (2007-08; 37 games)
                  - Michigan State (2009-10; 33 games)
                  - Illinois (2009-10; 34 games)
    5. 195 - Purdue (2006-07; 37 games)
    6. 192 - Michigan State (2008-09; 33 games)
    7. 189 - Iowa (2012-13; 34 games)
    8. 186 - Northwestern (2013-14; 26 games)
    9. 185 - Purdue (2011-12; 34 games)
    10. 184 - Penn State (2001-02; 35 games)

    LAST TIME OUT
    Northwestern took on No. 9/11 Penn State Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center and fought until the final buzzer but the Lady Lions hung on for the 82-73 victory. The Wildcats cut a double-digit deficit to five with less than a minute remaining but couldn’t overtake the Big Ten leaders down the stretch.
     
    Maggie Lyon led the way for NU with 17 points, including five 3-pointers which matches a career high. Lauren Douglas added 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Nia Coffey had 14 points in just 20 minutes of action before she fouled out early in the second and Alex Cohen also contributed 14 points and six rebounds.
     
    Penn State led by double-digits in the late stages of the game but NU hung around and came within seven (74-67) with 1:09 remaining. NU picked up the pressure to force a PSU steal which led to a Christen Inman bucket to put the score at 76-71 Penn State with 52 seconds left. The NU pressure worked again, leading to another PSU turnover but the ‘Cats were unable to secure a bucket on the possession. The Lady Lions converted their free throws down the stretch and hung on for the 82-73 win.
     
    SCOUTING OHIO STATE STATE
    2013-14 Record: 14-15, 4-9 B1G
    All-Time Series Record: OSU leads 39-17, OSU won last meeting, 59-52, Feb. 10, 2013 in Evanston
    Notable: Sunday is Senior Day for Ohio State as five Buckeyes will be playing their final games at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes and Wildcats are tied for eighth in the Big Ten standings and Sunday’s game will be key in seeding for the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State has dropped it last five games, most recently a 67-59 game at home against Nebraska on Thursday. Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 18.1 ppg, which ranks fourth in the conference and ranks second in the Big Ten, averaging 36.6 minutes per game. As a team though, the Buckeyes are last in the Big Ten, averaging 64.8 ppg.

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