Feb. 25, 2014
NU vs. MSU Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Wildcats have entered the final week of the 2013-14 regular season and will take to the Welsh-Ryan Arena court, hosting No. 21/RV Michigan State Thursday night at 8 p.m. Be sure to arrive early as Northwestern will honor a pair of seniors, Meghan McKeown and La'Terria Taylor, who are competing in their final regular-season home game at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The duo of Meghan McKeown and La'Terria Taylor both served as captains for the Wildcats this year and provided tremendous leadership on and off the court.
McKeown and Taylor have both been sidelined by injuries throughout their NU careers, but each have worked their way back to log valuable minutes this year as seniors. Over the last four years, the duo has helped Northwestern accumulate 60 wins, including 14 this year, which featured three wins over top-25 opponents. McKeown, a Fairfax, Va., native will graduate Northwestern with a degree in Journalism while Taylor will receive her degree in Learning and Organizational Change. Taylor will continue her education at Northwestern as she was recently accepted into the Russell Fellows Program at the Kellogg School of Management and will pursue her M.S. in Management Studies.
With Meghan and La'Terria playing their final contest at Welsh-Ryan Arena, a number of Wildcat underclassmen shared their favorite memories and what they will miss about this year's senior class. Below are a few memories but be sure to pick up a copy of Thursday's game program to read more.
"I have had so many awesome memories with both Meghan and Terri. I am going to miss my roommate [Meghan] tremendously and all of the amazing times we have had over the past three years. I am so glad I have had the opportunity to be teammates with Terri because she has taught us so much about biscuits, talking to yourself, and how to be an incredible teammate and overall great person. This senior class is comprised of two amazing ladies that I am going to miss so much next year. Their leadership and friendship has meant so much to me!"
- Alex Cohen
"Meg and I sometimes joke about how she is the real reason I came to Northwestern. She was one of the girls I had lunch with on my unofficial visit. We found out that we both watched One Tree Hill and the conversation quickly picked up from there! Meg made me feel like Northwestern was a good fit for me and that I would get along really well with my teammates. She made me feel like I could belong and actually survive in university."
- Karly Roser
"I feel like last year, Terri was more quiet around the team, but this year she has really opened up. One of my favorite moments with her was last year when she got to play in her first ever collegiate game as a junior against Ohio State. She never really talks about everything she went through to get to where she is today, but I know many people would have given up in her position and she didn't. Terri is an inspiration and a reminder to never give up. On a lighter note, this year we have shared a love for `Taco Tuesday' at Training Table and both of us always get excited when tacos are served!"
- Devon Brookshire
COFFEY CRASHES THE BOARDS
Northwestern freshman forward Nia Coffey pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds Sunday at Ohio State. It was the second time this season Coffey recorded 18 rebounds, which is a new individual high in the Joe McKeown era, and ranks eighth in NU single-game history. Prior to this season, no Wildcat had recorded 18 or more rebounds since Patricia Babcock had 18 in 1995. Coffey's 18 rebounds also marked an opponent record at Ohio State's Value City Arena, besting the previous mark of 17, set by Audra Cook of Cleveland State on Dec. 9, 1999. Her 18 rebounds are the second-highest individual total in the conference this season as Amber Moore of Illinois, Taylor Wurtz from Wisconsin and Cyesha Goree of Michigan each had single games with 19 rebounds. Coffey currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten with 8.0 rebounds per game.
Ashley Deary NAMED NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD FINALIST
Northwestern freshman point guard Ashley Deary is one of 22 finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Feb. 24. Named after Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, the award recognizes the top point guard in NCAA Division I college basketball.
Deary is one of two Big Ten point guards on the list along with Iowa's Samantha Logic and one of two freshman as Notre Dame's first-year guard Lindsay Allen is also one of the 22 finalists. Deary has started all 27 games in her first season with the Wildcats and ranks second in the Big Ten with 6.6 assists per game. That mark also ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball. Additionally, Deary is third in the Big Ten with 2.1 steals per game. The list will be narrowed down to a final five by March and the winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities.
Northwestern sophomore guard Maggie Lyon has nine three pointers in the last two games, matching a career-high with five at Penn State and following that up with four Sunday at Ohio State. Through 27 games, Lyon is averaging 2.0 3-pointers per game, which ranks 10th in the conference. This year, Lyon has 55 3-point field goals, which moves her into 10th in NU single-season history. She is now chasing ninth-place Dana Leonard who had 57 during the 1998-99 season. Moira Kennelly is in eighth in single-season history with 60 3-pointers in the 1991-92 season. Michele Ratay holds the single-season 3-point record with 85 in 1995-96.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
2013-14 Record: 19-8, 11-3 B1G
All-Time Series Record: MSU leads 40-22; MSU won last meeting, 54-45 on Feb. 20, 2013 in East Lansing, Mich.
Notable: Michigan State is currently tied for second in the Big Ten standings with an 11-3 conference mark. The Spartans are riding a three-game winning streak into Thursday's contest with wins vs. Ohio State (70-49), at Wisconsin (76-66) and most recently a 75-61 victory vs. Minnesota on Monday night. Redshirt freshman guard Aerial Powers leads the Spartans in scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 ppg). The Spartans limit their foes to just 64.4 ppg, which ranks third in the Big Ten, and ranks second in the conference with 41.1 rebounds per game.
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