In front of an energetic Field Trip Day crowd at Welsh-Ryan Arena on December 15, No. 12 Northwestern (10-0, 0-0 B1G) remained undefeated with a dominating 91-47 win over Alcorn State (1-6, 0-0 SWAC).
The Wildcats played host to more than 5,000 Chicagoland youth as part of the team's annual Field Trip Day. The day aspires to help students understand the value of higher education and learn more about Northwestern University and experience a college atmosphere. For many students, it was their first visit to Northwestern.
"It was a great atmosphere for us to be able to play in front of that kind of crowd," said head coach Joe McKeown. "That type of enthusiasm was just special and you don't get to do that all the time."
Chicago's Big Ten Team has tipped off the season with 10-straight wins for the second-consecutive year. Led by 23 points from junior Nia Coffey, five players scored in double figures for the first time this season. Coffey added 17 boards for her sixth double-double of the year and became just one of 19 active Division I players to own at least 28 career double-doubles.
"[Nia] is a great player," McKeown said. "I think the level she is at mentally right now makes us very fortunate to have her on our team. She competes so hard every day."
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