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    Coffey Honored by Big Ten After Northwestern Debut

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    Nia Coffey is the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week.

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    Nia Coffey is the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week.
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    Nov. 12, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After leading the Wildcats with 19 points in the squad’s 2013-14 season-opening victory against UIC, Nia Coffey (Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins) has been honored as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Coffey shares the first weekly honor of the year with Indiana’s Larryn Brooks.

    The 6-1 forward made her first career start Sunday vs. UIC and scored a game-high 19 points to go along with another game-high of five blocks in 25 minutes. She also added four rebounds and three steals while shooting 58.3 percent from the field (7-of-12).

    This is the first weekly accolade for Coffey and continues a lengthy string of Big Ten Freshmen of the Week honors for the Northwestern women’s basketball team. Last year, Wildcat freshmen Maggie Lyon and Lauren Douglas were honored a combined six times as Lyon received the award four times and Douglas was recognized twice.


     

     

    After taking down UIC 79-63 in the season-opener, Northwestern returns to the court for two games this week at Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU first hosts Chicago State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and then returns Sunday to take on UNLV at 4 p.m.

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