draws a foul
Ky. - Cassie Brannen picked a great time to record her first double-double
as a college basketball player, and Northern Kentucky University
is still unbeaten thanks in large part to the freshman’s performance
14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and finished with four steals off
the bench as NKU rallied to defeat visiting Rockhurst, 70-57, in
the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener for both teams. The freshman
post player from Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati scored
nine points in the second half to rally the Norse from a 29-28 halftime
eight or 10 points in high school, but I think she’s capable
of averaging 12 or 15,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said.
“Before it’s all said and done, I think that kid is
going to be a real star for us. Tonight, we really needed her.”
NKU (4-0 overall,
1-0 GLVC) used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to turn
a 45-42 deficit into a 57-49 lead on an Angela Healy jumper with
8:08 remaining in the game. The Norse drained a trio of 3-point
shots during the spurt, including a trey from Betsey Clark at the
9:01 mark to give NKU a 55-49 lead.
Clark, a junior
from McNicholas High School, also hit a 3-pointer in the first half
and finished with six points.
kept NKU in the game until the decisive run. She grabbed six offensive
rebounds and continually drew fouls from the Rockhurst inside defenders
with her aggressive play in the post.
8-for-12 from the free-throw line, but she made five of her six
charity tosses in the second half.
athletic, and she’s long and she’s quick,” Winstel
said of Brannen. “She just makes things happen. I think her
and Nicole Chiodi really kept us in the game tonight.”
maneuvers in the post
10 points and dished out a game-high six assists for NKU, which
shot 41.1 percent from the field. Healy finished with 12 points
and three assists.
scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Winner also connected
on a pair of 3-pointers to key NKU’s second-half rally.
added seven points and eight rebounds in her first start for the
Norse, who played without forward Karmen Graham. NKU built an early
10-point lead (20-10), but Rockhurst countered with a 14-3 run to
take a 24-23 advantage with 3:02 left in the first half on a jumper
by Julie Cook.
making its debut as a GLVC member this season and playing a league
game for the first time Thursday, dropped to 2-3 overall, 0-1 GLVC.
Cook and Maegan Pulse each scored 12 points to lead the Hawks, who
shot 40.4 percent from the field.
Cook and Alisha
Cade each grabbed 11 rebounds for Rockhurst, which won the rebounding
battle by a 40-36 margin.
“You have to give Rockhurst all the credit in the world,
and they are going to battle,” Winstel said. “I’d
rather play not so great and win than play great and lose. We’ll
NKU will meet
national powerhouse Drury at 1 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall. During
the past two seasons, Drury has the nation’s best overall
record at 65-4, and the Lady Panthers posted a 29-2 mark last year.
to be a tough one,” Brannen said. “We have to come out
ready to play, instead of picking it up in the second half, so hopefully
we’ll be ready to play.”