Nov. 1, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The 2013-14 Northwestern women’s basketball team has a number of new faces on this year’s roster with freshmen Nia Coffey, Ashley Deary, Christen Inman and Allie Tuttle joining the Wildcat family. As we get ready for the upcoming season, we will introduce Northwestern fans to this year’s freshman class.
A 6-1 forward from Minneapolis, Coffey already has a long list of accomplishments to her name. She helped lead Hopkins High School to three Minnesota State Championships, achieving Associated Press All-State honors three times along the way, and was tabbed the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Player of the Year as a senior. Coffey also was honored as a McDonald’s and WBCA High School All-American and had the opportunity to play at the United Center in Chicago as part of the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Coffey had a busy summer prior to coming to Evanston to start her first year with the Wildcats. Aside from playing in two high school All-America games, she won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania. Coffey was a key contributor off the bench, averaging 5.0 points per game, while gaining valuable experience playing alongside some of the top collegiate players.
Wildcat fans will have their first chance to see the Northwestern newcomers next Wednesday, Nov. 6, when the team hosts Lewis for an exhibition game at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip is set for 5 p.m. CT.
Here’s a closer look at NU newcomer Nia Coffey:
Favorite spot on campus: Foster-Walker Complex Dining Hall
Favorite professional athlete(s): Blake Griffin
Favorite professional sports team(s): Los Angeles Clippers
TV shows I can’t miss: Scandal
Favorite movie(s): Columbiana
Piece of advice my parents gave me before leaving for college: “Work hard and always believe in yourself”
What I’m looking forward to doing in my first year at Northwestern: Big Ten Champions!
I would describe my teammates as…: Dedicated, caring and funny
Best part about being a Wildcat: Being a part of a great community
Why I picked Northwestern: It’s an amazing school with a great basketball program
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