Aug. 21, 2014
2014-15 Northwestern Women's Basketball Schedule
EVANSTON, Ill. – A 29-game regular-season slate awaits the Northwestern women’s basketball team with today’s release of the nonconference and Big Ten schedules. The Wildcats are prepared for a challenging list of opponents, which features 14 home contests at Welsh-Ryan Arena along with an expanded 18-game Big Ten Conference schedule.
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Before the regular-season gets underway, Northwestern will host UW-Parkside in a preseason exhibition on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The 2014-15 season then opens on the road for the first time since 2009 as the Wildcats stay close to home and visit Chicago State on Friday, Nov. 14.
Wildcat fans can then settle in for a three-game home stand when Hampton (Sunday, Nov. 16), Kent State (Friday, Nov. 21) and UIC (Wednesday, Nov. 26) visit Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU remains in the Chicagoland area for its next road contest at cross-town rival DePaul on Saturday, Nov. 29. Last year, the Wildcats took down then-No. 25 DePaul at home and that was one of three NU victories over ranked opponents during the 2013-14 campaign.
The 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge takes Northwestern to Blacksburg, Va., for a contest at Virginia Tech on Thursday, Dec. 4 and then NU hosts two more nonconference foes when Loyola (Sunday, Dec. 7) and Gonzaga (Monday, Dec. 15) visit. The 2014 nonconference schedule wraps up on the road with a trip to UNLV on Dec. 17 and the ’Cats stay out west, playing at the ASU Tournament in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 20-21. Northwestern will play two games in Arizona, facing Eastern Illinois, Lehigh or Arizona State.
The always-challenging Big Ten slate is even stronger now with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers as each team will play an 18-game conference schedule. NU begins the Big Ten slate on the road, visiting Michigan State on Sunday, Dec. 28.
Make plans to spend New Year’s Day with the Wildcats as Wisconsin visits Welsh-Ryan Arena for the Big Ten home opener on Thursday, Jan. 1. The conference slate continues at Ohio State on Sunday, Jan. 4 and the season series against the Spartans is complete on Sunday, Jan. 11 with MSU in Evanston.
January continues with a road contest at Iowa (Wednesday, Jan. 14), a home game vs. Michigan (Saturday, Jan. 17) and two road games at Illinois (Thursday, Jan. 22) and Penn State (Sunday, Jan. 25). NU then hosts back-to-back home games with Iowa and Minnesota at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Thursday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Feb. 1, respectively.
After visiting Bloomington, Ind., twice a year ago, including once in the postseason, NU returns to Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 5 for the lone meeting of the year against the Hoosiers. NU’s in-state rivalry vs. Illinois will take center stage at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday, Feb. 8.
The Wildcats then play three of the next four on the road before wrapping up the regular-season conference schedule with back-to-back home games. Northwestern visits Purdue (Wednesday, Feb. 11) and Michigan (Saturday, Feb. 14) before returning home to host Nebraska (Wednesday, Feb. 18) and then plays its final conference road game at Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 22.
Big Ten newcomers Rutgers and Maryland visit Welsh-Ryan Arena to wrap up the conference slate. The Scarlet Knights are in Evanston on Thursday, Feb. 26 and the first-ever contest between the Wildcats and Terrapins takes place Sunday, March 1.
The 2015 Big Ten Tournament returns to the Chicagoland area and will be staged at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates. The tournament also expands by a day and will run from Wednesday, March 4-Sunday, March 8. All 14 teams will advance to the tournament, with two first-round games slated for Wednesday, March 4. The No. 12 seed will face the No. 13 seed, while the No. 11 seed will take on the No. 14 seed. The top four teams will receive first and second round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 6, with the tournament title game contested on Sunday, March 8.
Times and television designations for the 2014-15 NU women’s basketball schedule will be announced at a later date.
A young and talented squad returns for head coach Joe McKeown’s seventh season in Evanston, including all five starters and five All-Big Ten honorees. Included in that group is rising sophomore Nia Coffey, who was a First Team All-Big Ten recipient as a freshman while leading the ’Cats in scoring and rebounding. Two All-Big Ten point guards, sophomore Ashley Deary and senior Karly Roser (2013 All-Big Ten), will hold steady in the NU backcourt while rising junior All-Big Ten recipients Maggie Lyon and Lauren Douglas are also back this season. Two other starters, senior forward/center Alex Cohen and sophomore guard Christen Inman will also be valuable members of the rotation this season.
Northwestern returned to the postseason during the 2013-14 campaign, advancing to the third round of the WNIT. Along the way, the ’Cats utilized their home court advantage at Welsh-Ryan Arena to upset three top-25 opponents and win 13 home games. The Wildcats look to expand on last year’s success as they return 95 percent of their scoring, 94 percent of their rebounding and 98.6 percent of their blocks from a year ago.
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