March 17, 2014
2014 WNIT Bracket
2014 WNIT Information
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has the opportunity to extend its season as the Wildcats were selected to compete in the 2014 WNIT. The Wildcats received an at-large bid to the 64-team tournament and will host Ball State in a first-round matchup on Thursday, March 20 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event only. Prices are $8 general admission and $6 for youth. Group tickets are also available at a $5 rate. Northwestern students can show their Wildcard at the door to receive a FREE ticket compliments NU women’s basketball head coach, Joe McKeown. For further ticket information, please contact Northwestern's ticket office at 888-GO-PURPLE.
This is the third postseason appearance during the Joe McKeown era at Northwestern as the Wildcats are 3-2 in the WNIT. Here is NU’s results in the WNIT under McKeown:
First Round: March 18, 2010 – Northwestern 79, Duquesne 72 (at Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Second Round: March 22, 2010 – Northwestern 66, St. Bonaventure 62 (at St. Bonaventure)
Third Round: March 25, 2010 – Michigan 65, Northwestern 44 (at Michigan)
First Round: March 17, 2011 – Northwestern 89, Creighton 63 (at Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Second Round: March 20, 2011 – Alabama 72, Northwestern 70 (at Welsh-Ryan Arena)
SCOUTING BALL STATE
2013-14 Record: 18-16, 9-9 Mid-American Conference
All-Time Series Record: First Meeting
Notable: Ball State played its way to the 2014 Mid-American Conference Championship game and finished runner-up in the conference, falling 79-68 against Akron. The Cardinals entered the MAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and took down No. 4 seed Buffalo 74-60 in the quarters and upset the top seed, No. 1 Bowling Green, 73-55 in the conference semifinals. Ball State only had one Big Ten team on its nonconference schedule, a close 63-57 loss at Purdue on Nov. 10 to open the 2013-14 season. Sophomore guard Nathalie Fontaine leads Ball State in scoring and rebounding with 16.5 ppg and 6.4 rpg.
B1G IN THE POSTSEASON
Northwestern is one of four Big Ten teams in the 2014 WNIT field along with Minnesota, who received the automatic bid for the conference, Michigan and Indiana. Additionally, five Big Ten teams (Penn State, Purdue, Nebraska, Michigan State and Iowa) made the 2014 NCAA Tournament field, meaning nine of the 12 Big Ten teams are playing in the postseason.
YOUNG ’CATS GAIN POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
NU’s selection in to the WNIT will provide quality postseason experience for the young Wildcat squad that starts three true freshmen and has two sophomores ranking in the top five on the team for minutes per game. That group of five includes freshman Nia Coffey, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding, freshman Ashley Deary, who is the team’s leader in assists, NU’s leader in FG% (with at least 100 FGA), freshman Christen Inman, sophomore Maggie Lyon, who ranks second on the team in scoring and sophomore Lauren Douglas who is one of the best sixth players in the country with 12.0 ppg and 5.1 rpg. This also will be the first postseason appearance for junior forward/center Alex Cohen, who is contributing career-highs for the Wildcats this year in points, rebounds and blocks.
CLOSING IN ON 600
Should the Wildcats make a run in the WNIT, head coach Joe McKeown could reach a significant coaching milestone. The 28-year coaching veteran needs just five more wins to reach career victory No. 600 as he currently sits at 595 wins for his career.
FOUR WILDCATS RECEIVE ALL-BIG TEN DISTINCTION
Four Wildcat underclassmen picked up All-Big Ten honors as the conference announced its annual postseason awards on 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.
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