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    2013-14 NU Women's Basketball Year in Review

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM NU had a young squad in 2013-14 that started three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. Here, freshman Ashley Deary and junior Alex Cohen helped lead NU to a 63-59 win over No. 18 Nebraska, one of three victories over top-25 squads.
    NU had a young squad in 2013-14 that started three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. Here, freshman Ashley Deary and junior Alex Cohen helped lead NU to a 63-59 win over No. 18 Nebraska, one of three victories over top-25 squads.

    April 21, 2014

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    EVANSTON, Ill. - The 2013-14 Northwestern women's basketball season featured a 17-win campaign, including a number of wins over top-25 opponents, a third postseason appearance in the last five years and four Wildcats once again receiving All-Big Ten consideration.

    Here's a quick look back at what NU accomplished during the 2013-14 season. The future looks bright for the Wildcats as all five starters and 11 letterwinners, including five All-Big Ten honorees, return for the 2014-15 campaign.

    NU had two seniors on the 2013-14 squad, guards La'Terria Taylor and Meghan McKeown. Both were sidelined by injuries during their career with the Wildcats but they came back to play significant minutes during the 2013-14 season.  

    While injuries kept her off the court her freshman and sophomore seasons, Taylor never gave up and played her first game as a Wildcat on Feb. 10, 2013 during her junior season. She played valuable minutes for Northwestern in the final seven games of the 2012-13 season and also during her senior year, serving as Northwestern's backup point guard. Taylor, one of three captains during 2013-14, will graduate Northwestern with a degree in Learning and Organizational Change and will continue her education in Evanston as she was accepted into the Russell Fellows Program at the Kellogg School of Management.

    McKeown was a key contributor off the bench for Northwestern, playing 80 games during her time with the Wildcats. She also provided leadership for the Wildcats on and off the court, serving as one of three team captains and was nominated for the 2014 Allstate/WBCA Good Works Team. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, she will leave Northwestern with a degree from the Medill School of Journalism.

    With just two seniors on the 2013-14 squad, Northwestern will return 11 letterwinners, including all five starters, for the 2014-15 campaign. The key returnees include starters Nia Coffey (team leader in points & rebounds), Ashley Deary (team leader in assists), Christen Inman (team leader in FG%), Maggie Lyon (second on the team in scoring) and Alex Cohen (team leader in blocks), key reserve Lauren Douglas (first player of the bench; third on the team in scoring) and 2013 All-Big Ten point guard Karly Roser are also back next year.

    Here's a look at what NU returns next year, statistically speaking:
    95% of its scoring (2,183 of 2,295 points)
    94% of its rebounding (1,142 of 1,211 rebounds)
    98.6% of its blocks (217 of 220 blocks)
    93.9 % of its assists (513 of 546 assists)

    The 2013-14 season marked the third postseason appearance during the Joe McKeown era at Northwestern as the Wildcats are 5-3 in the WNIT under McKeown. NU took on three teams from the state of Indiana, defeating Ball State 69-65 in the first round at Welsh-Ryan Arena, dominated IUPUI 88-52 in the second round and dropped a close 66-65 decision at Indiana in the Round of 16. NU's WNIT run provided valuable experience for the young Wildcat squad as senior Meghan McKeown was the only player on the roster to have played a postseason game prior to this year.

    Northwestern made Big Ten history on March 23, breaking the Big Ten record for blocks in a season. NU entered the game with 210 and swatted five shots to record 215 blocks in 32 games, surpassing the previous record of 211 blocks set by Michigan State in 33 games during the 2006-07 season. NU ended the season with 220 blocks, cementing its name in Big Ten history:

    1. 220 - Northwestern (2013-14; 33 games)
    2. 211 - Michigan State (2006-07; 33 games)
    3. 206 - Michigan State (2007-08; 37 games)
                  - Michigan State (2009-10; 33 games)
                  - Illinois (2009-10; 34 games)
    6. 195 - Purdue (2006-07; 37 games)
    7. 192 - Michigan State (2008-09; 33 games)
    8. 189 - Iowa (2012-13; 34 games)
    9. 185 - Purdue (2011-12; 34 games)
    10. 184 - Penn State (2001-02; 35 games)

    NU led the Big Ten and finished the season ranked third in the country, averaging 6.7 blocks per game. The Wildcats finished behind NCAA leader UConn (8.1) and South Carolina (7.1). NU had 220 blocks this year, which was more than two times the amount for its opponents (102).

    A trio of Wildcats ranked in the top 10 in the conference for blocks as Alex Cohen finished third with 2.2 bpg while Nia Coffey was sixth with 1.8 bpg. Lauren Douglas tied for ninth with 1.4 bpg.

    Freshman forward Nia Coffey was the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds and blocks. The Minneapolis, Minn., native averaged 15.3 ppg to rank 9th, 8.1 rebounds for sixth and 1.8 blocks per game for sixth. Additionally, Coffey was one of just two players in the conference  to rank in the top 10 for points and rebounds, along with Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper.

    Next year, head coach Joe McKeown could reach a significant coaching milestone. The 28-year coaching veteran needs just three more wins to reach career victory No. 600 as he currently sits at 597 wins for his career.

    More notes from the 2013-14 season can be found with the PDF link at the top of this page


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