Freshman 15: Maggie Lyon, 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year


Daily file photo by Meghan White

2013’s Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year Maggie Lyon ranked second on the team for points per game with 12.8. The freshman is the first Northwestern player in program history to be named Player of the Year.

John Paschall, Reporter

While most freshmen on campus are worrying about the dreaded Freshman 15, we know one group of new students who won’t: the athletes. Instead of packing on the pounds, these new faces answer 15 questions about what it’s like to wear purple and white for the next four years.

Name: Maggie Lyon (6-foot-1)

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward

The Daily Northwestern: You’re a local girl from Wilmette. Is it weird going to college so close to home?

Maggie Lyon: I thought it would be at first, but I really enjoy it. I love the area that I’m from, so why not stay close to home?

The Daily: Have you ever lost in a game of H.O.R.S.E.?

Lyon: When I was younger, I used to play my brother and my dad in my backyard, and I wouldn’t always win. My brother would try and do some trick shots. Now, it’d be pretty even. He’s not too bad, but I think I would probably win.

The Daily: Who was your idol growing up?

Lyon: Roger Federer was my favorite athlete. I never played tennis but I always looked up to him because he’s such a classy guy in his sport.

The Daily: I know you’re a big Taylor Swift fan. What’s your favorite song of hers?

Lyon: That’s an impossible question. But I’ll have to say “All Too Well.”

The Daily: Where’s your favorite place to shop?

Lyon: J.Crew.

The Daily: What’s a movie you could watch a million times?

Lyon: “Country Strong.”

The Daily: With all these superhero movies coming out now, who’s your favorite superhero?

Lyon: I’d say Batman maybe. I like all those movies.

The Daily: What’s the hardest class you’ve taken at NU?

Lyon: I’d say social psychology because I’m not very good at multiple choice tests.

The Daily: What’s been your biggest freshman moment so far?

Lyon: I forgot my ankle braces when we went to Minnesota, and I was freaking out. I don’t normally tape my ankles. But our trainer always brings extras, so we were all good.

The Daily: Who’s the biggest prankster on the team?

Lyon: Probably Lauren Douglas. She has a good poker face, and you never know when she’s serious or not. She’s always thinking of ways to joke with people. One time, she tried to take this fake cow up the elevator and put it in our coach’s office. But it wouldn’t fit in the elevator.

The Daily: What’s your favorite dining hall on campus?

Lyon: Plex.

The Daily: How many half-court shots have you made in your life?

Lyon: In a game? Never. Sometimes after practice we will practice those, and I’ve made quite a few. I’m pretty good at them.

The Daily: Any hidden talents?

Lyon: I would say I’m a pretty good dancer, but nobody on my team would say that.

The Daily: What’s your favorite TV show?

Lyon: “Nashville.”

The Daily: Who’s the toughest player you’ve had to guard this year?

Lyon: Maggie Lucas from Penn State. She’s a great shooter and can get her shot off really quickly. She knows how to use screens to get open and doesn’t need a lot of room to shoot.