Nov. 8, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern women's basketball team is ready to lift the lid on the 2013-14 season. After a 98-57 victory over Lewis in Wednesday's exhibition game at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Wildcats are set to host UIC for the team's home opener. Tip is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Wildcats will enjoy the comforts of home for the early stages of their 2013-14 schedule, playing four-consecutive games, and seven of their first eight, at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Single-game and season-ticket packages are still on sale on NUsports.com or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE.
'CATS TAKE DOWN LEWIS
The 'Cats put on a good show Wednesday, dominating Lewis in their exhibition game at Welsh-Ryan Arena with the 98-57 victory. Every Wildcat that played scored and Northwestern fans had their first chance to see the four Wildcat newcomers in action.
Freshman guard Christen Inman had quite the debut, scoring a team-high 21 points on 9-of-13 from the field. Fellow freshman Nia Coffey was second in scoring for NU adding 14 points while Ashley Deary started at point guard and had a complete game with five points, four rebounds, six assists and no turnovers. Freshman forward Allie Tuttle also made her Wildcat debut, scoring four points to go along with three rebounds.
2012-13 Record: 9-21
All-Time Series Record: NU leads 16-6
Notable: UIC officially opens its season Friday, playing St. Xavier at the UIC Pavilion. The Flames were picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League preseason poll and are led by seniors Katie Hannemann and Rachel Story, who both were voted Preseason First Team All-Horizon League.
GUESS WHO'S BACK
Northwestern returns 10 letterwinners, three starters and two All-Big Ten honorees from the 2012-13 squad. Last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Maggie Lyon, is back for her sophomore campaign as the Wilmette, Ill., native also was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten pick by the media. Lyon was second on the team in scoring a year ago, and is the team's leading scorer amongst returning players, averaging 12.6 ppg. Point guard Karly Roser returns for her junior season as she is coming off a 2012-13 campaign where she was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by the media after averaging career highs in points (9.4 ppg), rebounds (4.9 rpg), steals (1.7 spg) and assists (6.3 apg).
Other returnees that made significant contributions a year ago include sophomore forward Lauren Douglas, who started all but one game, junior forward Alex Cohen (played all 30 games) and sophomore forward Devon Brookshire (played 16 games, started 5).
NU head coach Joe McKeown begins his sixth season at the helm of the Wildcats. The 28-year coaching veteran brings 580 career wins into the 2013-14 season.
Northwestern has a strong regular-season schedule this year, playing 14 teams that qualified for the postseason a year ago, with the possibility of that number increasing to 15 should NU face Tulane in a tournament in late December. Included in that mix is a 2013 Final Four squad as NU visits California on Nov. 24. In total, 18 of Northwestern's 29 regular-season games (with the potential to increase to 19) feature an opponent that made either the 2013 NCAA Tournament or 2013 WNIT. Eight foes reached the NCAA tournament a year ago including Cal, DePaul, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue.
'CATS NAME CAPTAINS FOR 2013-14 SEASON
Seniors La'Terria Taylor (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) and Meghan McKeown (Fairfax, Va./Loyola Academy (Ill.)) along with junior Karly Roser (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada/Saint Mary's) have been named tri-captains for the 'Cats.
"I'm really excited about our captains," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "They bring great leadership, commitment and academic excellence to our program. All three had to overcome adversity during their careers and they have great respect from their teammates, the coaching staff and the Northwestern Community."
Roser received All-Big Ten honors a year ago after ranking second in the Big Ten in assists (6.3) while establishing career-best averages in points (9.4), rebounds (4.9) and assists (6.3). As NU's floor general, she has started all 60 games over the last two seasons, averaging 34.5 minutes per game and is an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
McKeown will be back on the court in 2013-14 after missing most of last season following hip surgery. In her sophomore season she saw action in every game. Off the court, McKeown has earned Academic All Big Ten honors for the past two seasons and is an active member in the Northwestern University chapter of Autism Speaks U.
Taylor has seen an upward battle with the women's basketball program, with multiple injuries during her first two seasons. She played her first game as a Wildcat late in the 2012-13 season with her first career appearance against Ohio State on Feb. 10, 2013. She played the final seven games of the season and went on to achieve Academic All-Big Ten distinction.
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