Nov. 15, 2013
NU vs. UNLV Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern continues its season-opening four-game homestand on Sunday, hosting UNLV at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip is set for 4 p.m. and the NU women’s basketball game is in the middle of a busy day at Welsh-Ryan Arena. At noon, the Wildcat volleyball team hosts Indiana and then the court will transition to basketball with the 4 p.m. game vs. UNLV. Following that, the NU men’s basketball team will take on Illinois State at 7:30 p.m.
Already have a ticket for the men’s game? That will grant you FREE admission to the women’s game so be sure to arrive early at 4 p.m. to watch the Wildcats take on UNLV! Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling 888-GO-PURPLE or on NUsports.com.
WILDCATS TAKE DOWN COUGARS, 64-33
Northwestern held Chicago State to just 33 points as three Wildcats scored in double figures in Wednesday night’s 64-33 victory. The Wildcats limited Chicago State to just 22.9 percent from the field (11-of-48) and their 33 points scored were an opponent low in the Joe McKeown era and fewest points scored by a Wildcat foe since Northeastern Illinois tallied 20 points on Nov. 22, 1985.
Freshman guard Christen Inman led the way with 18 points and she added five rebounds. Big Ten Freshman of the Week Nia Coffey had her first career double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, along with two assists, three blocks and four steals. Maggie Lyon added a solid 13 points and four rebounds of her own.
LYON’S DOUBLE-DIGIT STREAK
Sophomore guard Maggie Lyon has scored in bunches for the Wildcats during her short time in Evanston. Last year, she averaged 12.6 points per game and scored in double figures in 20 of her 25 games played. That included two lengthy streaks of eight-straight games scoring 10+ points and again 12-consecutive games to end the regular season with Lyon scoring 10+ points each game. She has started her sophomore season right where she finished, scoring in double figures in each of the first two games. In total, Lyon has scored double figures in 22 of her 27 games played, or 81.4 percent of her games with the Wildcats.
Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown has started three freshmen in the first two games of the season and the trio have contributed significantly so far. Nia Coffey and Christen Inman rank first and second, respectively, in scoring with Coffey averaging 18.0 ppg and Inman at 15.0 ppg. Ashley Deary has started at point guard the last two games and is averaging 6.0 assists per contest to lead the team. Though the season is still young, these three also rank amongst some of the top players in the Big Ten. Coffey is tied for eighth in scoring while Inman is tied for 18th. Deary comes in at third in the Big Ten in assists while Coffey also ranks in the top 10 for rebounds as her 9.0 rpg average is tied for sixth, and she is tied for first in the conference with 3.5 steals per game and 4.0 blocks per game. (Stats and rankings as of 11/14).
2012-13 Record: 12-19
All-Time Series Record: Series tied, 1-1; NU won last meeting, 79-49 (12/18/11 at UNLV)
Notable: UNLV is 1-1 on the season after dropping a 71-64 contest at home vs. BYU on Tuesday. The Lady Rebels return a veteran squad for the 2013-14 season with 10 letterwinners back, including five starters. Included in that group is Mia Bell, a 2012 Third Team All-Mountain West honoree, who missed the 2012-13 season with a knee injury. Before her injury, Bell averaged 9.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2011-12. Réjane Vérin also returns for her sophomore campaign after winning 2013 Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors.
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