March 1, 2014
NU vs. Wisconsin Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern wraps up the 2013-14 regular season on the road Sunday, taking on Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. A victory Sunday would give the Wildcats (14-14) a winning record heading into the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which takes place next week (March 6-9) in Indianapolis. A win against the Badgers would also give Northwestern its first season sweep of Wisconsin since 1994 as the Wildcats took the previous meeting this year, 74-58 in Evanston.
LAST TIME VS. WISCONSIN
Northwestern utilized a strong second half to overpower Wisconsin 74-58, on Jan. 18 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. A balanced scoring attack that featured three NU players leading the way with 17 points helped the Wildcats to victory.
Freshmen Nia Coffey and Christen Inman, along with sophomore Lauren Douglas, who logged 31 minutes off the bench, each tallied 17 points for the Wildcats. Coffey led NU with eight rebounds while Douglas contributed seven. All three combined to shoot 23-of-36 from the field, including an impressive 8-of-9 for Inman. Freshman point guard Ashley Deary distributed the ball well with nine of NU’s 24 assists and the Wildcats had just 10 turnovers while Wisconsin had 23, leading to 27 Northwestern points.
Michala Johnson scored a game-high 32 points for Wisconsin to go along with 10 rebounds. Only one other Badger player, Taylor Wurtz, scored more than four points as she had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats caught fire offensively in the second half, shooting 67.9 percent for the half to finish at 50.8 percent for the game. NU was 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the second half.
COFFEY CRASHES THE BOARDS
Northwestern freshman forward Nia Coffey has reached double-digit rebounds in back-to-back games. On Thursday vs. MSU, she led the Wildcats with 10 rebounds. She pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds Feb. 23 at Ohio State, marking 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, Amanda Zahui of Minnesota and Cyesha Goree of Michigan each had single games with 19 rebounds. Coffey is currently tied for fifth in the Big Ten with 8.1 rebounds per game. She has 10 games with 10+ rebounds. Coffey is averaging 14.0 rebounds in the last two games and 9.6 rpg in the last five.
’CATS SNEAKING UP ON SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS LIST
A few Wildcats are close to cracking the top 10, or already rank in the top 10, on some NU single-season records. Here’s a look:
1. Amy Jaeschke (2009-10) - 106
2. Amy Jaeschke (2010-11) - 104
3. Amy Jaeschke (2008-09) - 96
4. Alex Cohen (2013-14) - 63
5. Christina Braden (1995-96) - 58
6. Anucha Browne (1983-84) - 55
7. Sarah Kwasinski (2001-02) - 54
8. Sarah Kwasinski (2002-03) - 51
Lauren Douglas (2012-13) - 51
10. Anucha Browne (1982-83) - 48
Nia Coffey (2013-14) - 48
7. Connie Erickson (1981-82) - 194
8. Karly Roser (2012-13) - 188
9. Amber DeWall (1996-97) - 185
10. Ashley Deary (2013-14) - 180
8. Moira Kennelly (1991-92) - 60
9. Dana Leonard (1998-99) - 57
10. Maggie Lyon (2013-14) - 55
7. Moira Kennelly (1993-94) - 176
8. Dana Leonard (1998-99) - 169
9. Maggie Lyon (2013-14) - 167
10. Beth Marshall (2009-10) - 158
6. Moira Kennelly (1991-92) - .423
7. Nancy Kennelly (1990-91) - .417
8. Maureen Holohan (1993-94) - .413
9. Michele Ratay (1995-96) - .411
10. Lauren Douglas (2013-14) - .407
Michele Ratay (1996-97) - .407
10. Nancy Kennelly (1990-91), Kelly Cole (1989-90) - 65
-- Ashley Deary (2013-14) - 60
6. Anucha Browne (1982-83) - 9
Amy Jaeschke (2008-09) - 9
8. Nia Coffey (2013-14) - 7
2013-14 Record: 10-17, 3-12 B1G
All-Time Series Record: NU leads 32-31, NU won last meeting, 74-58 in Evanston
Notable: Wisconsin has been off of competition since Feb. 23 when they fell 72-54 at No. 21 Purdue. The Badgers are in the midst of a six-game losing streak, including a narrow 71-70 overtime loss at home against No. 22 Nebraska. Sunday is Senior Day for three Badgers, Daria Kryuchkova, Morgan Paige and Taylor Wurtz. Junior Michala Johnson leads UW in points (16.5) while Wurtz is the team’s leading rebounder (8.1). She also ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.6 ppg.
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