Dec. 31, 2013
NU vs. Nebraska Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern opens the year 2014 with its first Big Ten game of the season. The Wildcats travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face the 18th-ranked (Associated Press poll) Cornhuskers in the conference-opener for both teams. Be sure to tune into the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. to watch Thursday’s game live with former Wildcat Mary Murphy on the call, along with Kevin Kugler.
WAY TO BE AT 10-3
Northwestern posted a 10-3 nonconference record, most recently defeating Northeastern, 73-46 Sunday at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic. NU jumped out to a 4-0 start to the year before falling on the road at No. 17 California, a Final Four team last year. The Wildcats had a signature win during the nonconference season, taking down then-No. 25 DePaul 82-79 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Sophomore guard Maggie Lyon has been on fire from 3-point range the last few games. She drained eight of Northwestern’s 12 3-pointers during two games at the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic, including five in Sunday’s win over Northeastern, en route to earning All-Tournament Team honors. In the last five games, Lyon is 17-of-34 from 3-point range for 50 percent. Just a sophomore, she already has 80 career 3-pointers and six more would tie her for 10th in program history.
So far this year, Lyon has five games with three or more 3-pointers. NU is 4-1 in those contests.
INMAN SHINES VS. NORTHEASTERN
Freshman guard Christen Inman had a career day Sunday vs. Northeastern. She scored a career-high 27 points, which also matches the highest point total for any Wildcat player this year as fellow freshman Nia Coffey also registered 27 points twice. Inman played all 40 minutes vs. the Huskies and went 9-of-16 from the field, including 3-for-5 from long distance. She also grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Inman ranks third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game.
BLOCKING #B1GCATS BEST IN #B1G
Northwestern continues to lead the Big Ten and is second in the country in blocks. NU’s 7.2 blocks per game average is still behind NCAA-leader UConn (8.4), but more than a block ahead of Penn State, who is second in the conference with 5.8 blocks per game.
Two Wildcats rank in the top 50 in the country for blocks with Nia Coffey’s 2.54 leading the team and ranking 25th. Alex Cohen is 49th in the country with 1.92 blocks per game. Both of those Wildcats rank third and fourth in the Big Ten, respectively. Lauren Douglas also contributes on the block with 1.08 swats per game.
2013-14 Record: 10-2
All-Time Series Record vs. Nebraska: Nebraska leads, 6-2
Notable: Nebraska was selected as the preseason Big Ten favorite by the conference coaches and media. The Huskers are coming off a, 89-53 victory over Oral Roberts, who Northwestern defeated 84-54 on Dec. 16. Senior forward Jordan Hooper is this week’s Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in just 20 minutes. She posted her sixth double-double in the win, which is the second-most in the Big Ten this year. The last time the Wildcats traveled to Lincoln, they upset the 16th-ranked Huskers on their home court, 63-51, on Feb. 16, 2012.
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