Nov. 23, 2013
NU vs. Cal Game Notes
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Northwestern embarks on its first road trip of the year taking on No. 17 California, Sunday at 5 p.m. CT at the Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The Wildcats bring an unblemished 4-0 record into Sunday’s contest while Cal is out to a 2-2 start.
HOW TO WATCH SUNDAY’S GAME
Sunday’s game airs live, courtesy of the Pac-12 Network, and the game will air live on the network for those living in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. If you have the Pac-12 Network and do not live in the Bay Area or Los Angeles, the game also airs live on the Pac-12 Network Digital Platform. To access the game, login with your cable company credentials (it will only work if you have a subscription to the Pac-12 Network via your cable company) and you will have access to any of the available feeds.
Also, be sure to log onto Twitter during the game to follow in-game updates via @NU_SportsLIVE.
TEAM EFFORT GUIDES NORTHWESTERN PAST HOFSTRA, 74-57
Northwestern kept its winning streak going Wednesday defeating Hofstra, 74-57 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Scoring in double-digits for the fourth consecutive game, freshman Nia Coffey posted a career-high 27 points on 11-of-16 from the field to lead the Wildcats in scoring.
Sophomore Lauren Douglas, coming off of a game-winning performance against UNLV, was the team’s second highest scorer with 14 points. Sophomore Maggie Lyon earned her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the Wildcat win. Freshman Christen Inman also contributed 11 points.
2012-13 Record: 32-4; 2013 NCAA Final Four
All-Time Series Record: Cal leads, 3-1 (Cal won last meeting, 71-65 on Dec. 17, 2012 at Welsh-Ryan Arena)
Notable: Cal is out to a 2-2 start with wins over Long Beach State (70-51) and Georgetown (67-52) while suffering defeats against No. 2 Duke (70-58) and George Washington (75-72). Three Cal players are averaging double-digits so far this year, including Reshanda Gray, who leads the team with 14.8 points per game. Courtney Range is the squad’s leading rebounder at 10.8 boards per game.
Last year, these two teams squared off in Evanston for Northwestern’s annual Field Trip Day. Playing in front of thousands of area grade school children, the Wildcats and Bears battled to a close game that fell in Cal’s favor, 71-65. That game featured 12 ties and 13 lead changes, including eight in the second half. Cal entered the game defeating its opponents by an average of 24.4 points per game. NU played last year’s game vs. Cal without Maggie Lyon, who missed five games in December with an injury.
BUCKETS OF COFFEY
Freshman forward Nia Coffey currently leads Northwestern in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game. She has scored in double figures in each of her four games played so far this year, including a career-high 27 points vs. Hofstra. In the first half, she was scoring about a point per minute, tallying 16 points in 15 minutes of action during the first frame. That was the highest individual point total for a Wildcat player since Kendall Hackney tallied 27 vs. North Dakota State on Dec. 20, 2011. Prior to her 27-point outing, she posted back-to-back double-doubles for the Wildcats in victories over Chicago State and UNLV. Coffey is currently seventh in the Big Ten in scoring and is sixth with a .596 field goal percentage. She also is tied for seventh in rebounding with 8.5 boards per game, ranks third in blocks (3.3/game) and eighth in defensive rebounds (6.5/game).
DOMINATING DEFENSE RETURNS
Last year, the Wildcats had the best field goal percentage defense in the Big Ten and the team is picking up right where it left off. All four of NU’s opponents have been held to 35 percent or less from the field so far this year. Opponents are shooting just .296 from the field against the Wildcats and averaging 51.5 points per game, which both rank first in the Big Ten.
Sophomore forward Devon Brookshire is the lone Wildcat on this year’s roster who hails from California. Her hometown of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., is about six hours away from Berkeley. Incoming Northwestern freshman, Morgan Green, is from Santa Cruz, Calif., which is about an hour and a half away from Berkeley.
’CATS ON THE BLOCK
Northwestern currently leads the Big Ten in blocks, averaging 8.0 per game (32 blocks in four games). Three Wildcats rank in the top 12 in the conference as Nia Coffey’s 3.3 blocks per game are third while Alex Cohen comes in at sixth with 2.0 per game. NU’s leading shot blocker last year, Lauren Douglas, is tied for 11th, averaging 1.3 per game. Both Douglas and Cohen are close to cracking the top 10 on NU’s career blocks list, as they have 56 and 51, respectively. Mya Whitmore sits in 10th all-time with 61 blocks (1988-91).
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