Nov. 12, 2013
NU vs. Chicago State Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- It’s a busy week for the Wildcats as they host two contest at Welsh-Ryan Arena, beginning with Wednesday’s match-up against Chicago State. Here are a few news and notes to get you ready for the game.
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.
BALANCED ATTACK LEADS NU PAST UIC
Northwestern started its 2013-14 season off with a 79-63 win against the UIC Flames Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Six Wildcats scored in double-digits with freshman Nia Coffey scoring a team-high of 19 points, to go along with five blocks, four rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Maggie Lyon posted 14 points, six assists and five rebounds while freshman Christen Inman added another 12 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line, three rebounds and two steals.
Head coach Joe McKeown utilized a starting lineup that featured three freshmen with Coffey, Inman and guard Ashley Deary on the floor to start the game. Deary had a solid showing in her first game running the floor for the Wildcats with 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and a game-high four steals. Junior Alex Cohen also started for the Wildcats and chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds while sophomore forward Lauren Douglas contributed 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.
COFFEY HONORED BY BIG TEN FOLLOWING NORTHWESTERN DEBUT
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 honor 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.
SCOUTING CHICAGO STATE
2012-13 Record: 4-26
All-Time Series Record: NU leads, 4-2
Notable: Chicago State opened up its 2013-14 campaign with a 74-51 win over Indiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 9. It was the team’s first opening night win since the 2004-05 season. The Cougars are led by junior forward Paris Williams, who was named to the College Sports Madness Women’s Basketball Preseason All-WAC Second Team. Last year when NU hosted Chicago State, the Wildcats captured the 82-38 victory, which was the largest margin of victory in the Joe McKeown era and tied for the largest since 1993. Chicago State’s 38 points also were one point off the record for an opponent low in the McKeown era.
Freshman forward Christen Inman joined rare company during Sunday’s home-opener against UIC. She went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line, making her just the third freshman in Northwestern history to go at least 10-for-10 from the line. She joins Mary Murphy (10-10, vs. Central Michigan, 3/10/77) and Brittany Orban (13-13, at Ohio State, 2/15/09) on that elite list but separates herself even further as she is the only Wildcat newcomer to go at least 10-for-10 from the line in her debut. Inman’s perfect night at the line also is the 11th time a Wildcat has gone at least 10-for-10 from the line.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Wildcats have the pleasure of enjoying the comforts of home for most of November, playing four-straight games at Welsh-Ryan Arena to start the year and seven of their first eight at home. NU’s contest vs. Chicago State is game No. 2 in a four-game home stand before the Wildcats take their first road trip of the season to California (11/24). In fact, Northwestern only leaves the state of Illinois twice during the nonconference season, traveling to face the Bears and again to New Orleans to play at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic, Dec. 28-29. NU also has a nonconference road game at Loyola (Chicago), which is just a short drive south of Evanston.
Junior guard Karly Roser had an impressive streak of 60-consecutive games played heading into the 2013-14 season. The All-Big Ten point guard suffered an injury during the preseason, which caused her to miss her first game in her Wildcat tenure as she was not on the court for NU’s season-opener vs. UIC. In her first two years as NU’s floor general, Roser started all 60 games and averaged 34.5 minutes per contest. Now a junior, Roser is one of three captains on the 2013-14 squad.
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