February has been a memorable month for Northwestern sophomore forward Nia Coffey. The Minneapolis native posted double-doubles in road wins at Purdue and Michigan and added the game-winning layup with 4.9 seconds left against the Wolverines on Valentine's Day. In recognition of her outstanding play, Coffey has been named to the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll for the third consecutive week.
Coffey's average of 21 points and 11 rebounds in the last two games has made her a force for the Wildcats.
In their February 11 matchup at Purdue, the Wildcats fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half before storming back to win the game in overtime, 73-65. Coffey played a critical role, scoring 17 points and adding 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 36 minutes. She also converted all five of her attempts from the free-throw line, helping the Wildcats to a 94.4-percent mark from the charity stripe. The victory over Purdue was Northwestern's first win at Mackey Arena since December 29, 1996.
The Wildcats' February 14 matchup against Michigan in Ann Arbor was televised by the Big Ten Network. With the bright lights shining down, Coffey rose to the challenge and scored a game-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and an assist, but she was at her best during the game's closing seconds.
With Northwestern down by a point and only 10.4 seconds left to play, Coffey corralled a rebound of Michigan's missed free-throw attempt. Without a timeout, she calmly took the ball the length of the floor and scored with a soft left-handed layup to put the Wildcats ahead, 63-62, with 4.9 seconds left. Despite never leading the Wolverines until Coffey's shot went through, Northwestern hung on for its fifth consecutive win.
Coffey is averaging 19.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game over the past six games, in which Northwestern has posted a record of 5-1.
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