The Northwestern women's basketball team won 23 games this season, their highest win total since the 1995-96 campaign.
The Wildcats reached the NCAA tournament as a No. 7 seed but fell in the first round on March 20 to the 10th-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks, 57-55, in Waco, Texas.
Four Wildcats scored in double figures against Arkansas in their NCAA tournament debuts. Alex Cohen scored 13 points and added seven rebounds in her final game with Northwestern, while Ashley Deary matched her with 13 points and added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Maggie Lyon finished with 12 points, including 10 in the second half and a team-high five assists, while Nia Coffey had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Despite the loss to Arkansas, the Wildcats can look back and reflect on a score of impressive accomplishments throughout the season. In addition to winning the most games in 19 years, the team also earned the program's first NCAA tournament bid in 18 years.
The 2014-15 team also earned the program's first Associated Press poll ranking since 1996 and the first-ever acknowledgement in the USA Today coaches poll. Finally, the Wildcats posted two separate winning streaks of at least eight games, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1979-80.
Like Cohen, classmate Karly Roser ended her collegiate career against Arkansas. The invaluable pair contributed to 67 wins since 2011 and they leave with their names dotted through the program's record book. Cohen blocked a game-high three shots against Arkansas to finish her tenure with 172, good for fourth place in program annals. In April, she represented the Wildcats at the Final Four in Tampa as a member of the 2015 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.
Roser, a two-year captain, had two assists against the Razorbacks, bringing her all-time total to 452, the sixth-most for a Northwestern player. She is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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