Nov. 19, 2013
NU vs. Hofstra Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern wraps up its season-opening four-game homestand on Wednesday night, hosting Hofstra at 6:30 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats are out to a 3-0 start on the year while Hofstra brings a 2-1 record into Wednesday's game.
DOUGLAS DELIVERS IN NU WIN OVER UNLV
Northwestern battled with UNLV Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena and after eight ties and 11 lead changes, the Wildcats emerged the 57-53 victors. Sophomore forward Lauren Douglas provided a spark off the bench for Northwestern with 11 points, including a key 3-pointer late in the game to tie things up at 53-53, and eight rebounds.
Sophomore guard Maggie Lyon led the team with 12 points and chipped in five rebounds. Freshman forward Nia Coffey earned her second-consecutive double-double, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes. Alex Cohen also had a solid contribution for the Wildcats, scoring nine points to go along with six rebounds and a team-high four blocks.
Trailing 53-50, Douglas took control, draining a 3-pointer with 1:22 to play to tie things up at 53-53. Lyon added an insurance bucket to put NU up two and Douglas recorded another key play on the defensive end, drawing a charge, erasing any UNLV chance at tying the game up. She then put the finishing touches on the NU victory, draining two free throws with three seconds left.
2012-13 Record: 14-17
All-Time Series Record: Series tied, 1-1; Hofstra won last meeting, 63-54 (12/23/12, at Hofstra)
Notable:Hofstra is 2-1 on the year, most recently recording a 77-64 victory over Fordham. The Pride have a young team with a roster that includes nine underclassmen. Hofstra's floor general, Andreana Thomas led the Colonial Athletic Association in assists last year, averaging 6.6 per game. Thomas and Anma Onyeuku both earned preseason All-CAA Second Team accolades as Onyeuku is Hofstra's top returning scorer and rebounder from a year ago, averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds.
DEARY DIVES RIGHT IN
She may only be a freshman, but Ashley Deary has stepped up as Northwestern's floor general so far this season. With All-Big Ten point guard Karly Roser out with an injury, Deary has filled in for the Wildcats, handling the backcourt in the team's 3-0 start. The 5-foot-4 guard from Flower Mound, Texas, is averaging 5.0 assists per game, which ranks third in the Big Ten, to go along with 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and a team-best average of 3.0 steals per game (tied for fourth in the Big Ten). She also is third on the team in minutes, averaging 33.0 per game.
NO LOSS NOVEMBER
Northwestern is out to a 3-0 start so far this year, which continues a streak of quality starts for the Wildcats during the Joe McKeown era. Last year, NU went a perfect 6-0 in the month of November and in 2011-12, posted a 5-1 result. In total, the Wildcats have recorded 27 wins in November over the last six years. Here's a look at the team's record in November during the McKeown era:
'CATS ON THE BLOCK
Northwestern currently leads the Big Ten in blocks, averaging 8.0 per game (24 blocks in three games). Two Wildcats rank in the top five in the conference as Nia Coffey's 3.7 blocks per game are second while Alex Cohen comes in at fourth with 2.3 per game. NU's leading shot blocker last year, Lauren Douglas, has 53 career blocks and needs just eight more to crack the top 10 in NU history. Douglas, who is just a sophomore, had two blocks Sunday vs. UNLV while Cohen and Coffey led the way with four and three swats, respectively.
'CATS HOST KNOCKOUT TOURNAMENT TO RAISE AUTISM AWARENESS
Members of the NU women's basketball team are hosting a Knockout Tournament to benefit Autism Speaks U this Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (2311 Campus Dr, Evanston, Ill.).
There is a entrance fee of $5 to play. There will be a first round where everyone gets the opportunity to play and then the winners from each basket will compete for the finals. There will be prizes, raffle prizes, trivia, a hula hoop contest, and food!
ON THE HORIZON...
After starting the season with four-straight home games at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern travels to Berkeley, Calif., this weekend for its first road test of the year against No. 11 California. Tip is set for Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. CT and that game will air live on the Pac-12 Network.
After the first road game of the year, NU then remains in the state of Illinois for six-straight games, five of which are at Welsh-Ryan Arena. NU is back home next week hosting Lafayette on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and then hosts the fifth annual Autism Awareness Game on Sunday, Dec. 1 vs. crosstown rival DePaul.
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