Nov. 4, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women's basketball team unofficially opens up the 2013-14 season with an exhibition game against Lewis University Wednesday at Welsh Ryan Arena. Tip-off for this first and only exhibition game of the season is set for 5 p.m. and admission is FREE for the women's game. Following the game, the Northwestern men's basketball team also hosts Lewis in an exhibition at 7:15 p.m.
This season marks head coach Joe McKeown's sixth year with the Wildcats. Assistant coaches Sam Dixon and Allison Guth also return for another season, this time alongside new assistant coach Carrie Banks, who comes to Northwestern after spending the previous three seasons at the University of South Florida.
The `Cats return 10 players from a year ago, including All-Big Ten honorees Maggie Lyon (2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Honorable Mention All-Big Ten) and Karly Roser (Honorable Mention All-Big Ten). Roser, along with seniors Meghan McKeown and La'Terria Taylor will serve as captains for the 2013-14 campaign.
Wednesday's game is the first opportunity for fans to see the four talented Wildcat newcomers. This year's freshman class includes 6-1 forward Nia Coffey (Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins), 5-4 guard Ashley Deary (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound), 5-10 guard Christen Inman (Katy, Texas/ Seven Lakes) and 6-4 forward Allie Tuttle (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek).
Northwestern officially opens the 2013-14 season Sunday, Nov. 10, when UIC visits Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip is set for 5 p.m. and Sunday's game is the first of 17 regular-season home games at Welsh-Ryan Arena. There's still time to purchase season tickets to watch the Wildcats all season! Click here for season and single-game ticket information.
Lewis has played two exhibition games already this year, defeating Roosevelt, 93-81, and lost in a narrow four-point game at Northern Illinois (76-72) on Saturday. Four different Flyers scored in double figures in Saturday's exhibition vs. NIU, including Mariyah Brawner-Henley who led the way with 22 points. She also tallied 23 points in the team's win over Roosevelt.
Lewis, which is a Division II school located in Romeoville, Ill., enters the season ranked No. 18 in the preseason USA Today Sports Division II Top-25 Coaches Poll. They also were selected as the preseason favorite to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division after recording a 24-6 record en route to last year's GLVC Championship.
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