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    Four Wildcats Receive All-Big Ten Distinction

    March 3, 2014

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    EVANSTON, Ill. – Four Wildcat underclassmen picked up All-Big Ten honors as the conference announced its annual postseason awards today (March 3). Freshman forward Nia Coffey earned First Team All-Big Ten distinction in her first season at Northwestern as she was selected to the 11-player team by the conference coaches. Additionally, Coffey also received Second Team All-Big Ten honors from the media and was named to the five-player All-Freshman Team.

    Sophomores Lauren Douglas and Maggie Lyon, along with freshman Ashley Deary also received All-Big Ten consideration. Lyon picked up Honorable Mention honors from the conference coaches and media while Douglas was an Honorable Mention pick by the coaches. The Big Ten media selected Deary for Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. It is the second straight year that four of head coach Joe McKeown’s players received All-Big Ten consideration.

    Coffey had a stellar first season in Evanston, leading the Wildcats in points (15.2 ppg) and rebounds (8.1 rpg). She was one of three players in the entire conference to rank in the top 10 in points and rebounds and one of just two to rank in the top 10 for points, rebounds and blocks (1.8 bpg). The Minneapolis, Minn., native had eight 20-point outings, 10 games with 10+ rebounds and seven double-doubles, including a 29-point, 10-rebound effort at Iowa. Coffey also had 20+ points in Northwestern wins over nationally-ranked Nebraska and DePaul.

    Amongst Big Ten freshmen, Coffey ranked second in points, rebounds and blocks and was fourth in steals. She is one of two first-year players to receive First Team All-Big Ten consideration by the coaches, but the only true freshman as Michigan State’s Aerial Powers is a redshirt freshman. Coffey is the first Wildcat to receive First Team All-Big Ten honors since Amy Jaeschke’s senior season in 2011.

    A season after receiving Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, Maggie Lyon improved on her numbers from last year, scoring 13.1 ppg to rank second on the team and grabbed 4.8 rebounds to rank third amongst the Wildcats. This year, Lyon was in double-figures in 23 of 29 games played, including a career-high 26 points at home against No. 12 Penn State. She led the team with 57 3-pointers, which ties for ninth in NU single-season history. Lyon finished the season 22nd in the conference for scoring, 14th in steals (1.6 spg), 10th for 3-point FG made per game (2.0) and seventh in minutes (35.6). The Wilmette, Ill., native also was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten pick by the media last year.

    After starting nearly every game as a freshman during the 2012-13 season, Lauren Douglas transitioned into a new role as the first player off the bench for the Wildcats in 2013-14 and saw increased production to earn All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career. She was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging a career-high 11.9 points and second with another career-best of 5.1 rebounds per game, but in Big Ten games, increased her production to 12.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg. The Collierville, Tenn., native ranked in the top 15 in the Big Ten for 3-point FG% (.398-7th) and blocks (1.4 bpg-11th).

    Ashley Deary flourished as NU’s starting point guard this year to pick up All-Big Ten honors as a freshman. The Flower Mound, Texas, native ranked near the top in the Big Ten for assists for much of the year and finished the regular season ranking third with 6.4 assists per game. Additionally, Deary also consistently ranked in the top 15 in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball for assists. Her efforts this year as NU’s floor general made her one of 22 finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top point guard. Deary had three games with 10+ assists, and all three of those contest came during conference play, including a career-high 11 assists in NU’s win over nationally-ranked Purdue. She led all freshmen in assists and steals as her 2.14 spg also ranked third in the conference. Deary finished the regular season with 186 assists to rank ninth in NU single-season history.

    The conference also announced its 2013-14 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees and senior Meghan McKeown was Northwestern’s recipient. McKeown served as one of three team captains for the Wildcats this year and was a nominee for the 2014 Allstate/WBCA Good Works Team.

    Northwestern (15-14) enters the 2014 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 9 seed and will take on No. 8 seed Ohio State Thursday at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis. Tip is set for 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET and will air live on the Big Ten Network.

    Northwestern All-Big Ten Honorees
    Nia Coffey
    First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
    Second Team All-Big Ten (Media)
    All-Freshman Team

    Ashley Deary
    Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media)

    Lauren Douglas
    Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)

    Maggie Lyon
    Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media)
    Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)

    Meghan McKeown
    Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree

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