The 2014-15 athletic year has all but come to a close, and that can only mean one thing: end-of-year awards. Beginning Tuesday, June 2, Inside NU will hand out seven different awards to celebrate the top players, coaches and games of the year in Northwestern sports.
Following a week of your voting, we have landed on our winners. Now, we look back at the best game of the year.
Women's Basketball vs. Iowa - On Jan. 29 at Welsh-Ryan Arena, the then-No. 20 Iowa Hawkeyes were expecting a pretty easy win over the injury-plagued Wildcats. What they got instead was a 102-99 nail-biter that involved a NCAA-record combined 32 made three-pointers. Iowa, with 19 triples, set a conference record on a day more than 200 total points were scored in 40 minutes.
Men's Basketball vs. Michigan - NU men's basketball had some tight finishes in 2014-15. However, none were as exciting as the Wildcats' double overtime 82-78 win over Michigan at Welsh-Ryan back in March. It took not one but two Tre Demps' game-extending threes (one at the end of regulation, the other at the end of the first extra period), plus some more improbable occurrences, to lead the way to an eventual Northwestern triumph. After the game, our Henry Bushnell tried to put the entire night into words.
Football at Notre Dame - If you're a fan of Northwestern sports, there's approximately a 0 percent chance you don't know the story of this game. The Wildcats went in as an 18-point underdog, but after countless unexpected twists and turns, came out with an unbelievable 43-40 overtime victory. Jack Mitchell's game-winning field goal was surely the moment of the year in Northwestern sports, and set off wild celebrations. In fact, recently, we just had to come up with some sort of excuse to recall our memories from that day.
Lacrosse vs. Penn - Northwestern led this game 5-1 and 6-2, but a stunning Penn comeback took the game to overtime. With just 13 seconds remaining in OT though, after mistakes and missed opportunities on both sides, Northwestern junior Kaleigh Craig stepped up and won the game for the Wildcats.
Football at Notre Dame
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