Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will play host to the Sunday Challenger Classic Dec. 19-20
in Regents Hall.
will meet Hillsdale (Mich.) in the opening game at 5:30 p.m. Dec.
19. NKU plays West Virginia Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m.
On Dec. 20,
Virginia Union faces West Virginia Wesleyan at 5:30 p.m., followed
by the NKU/Hillsdale contest at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Sunday
Challenger Classic features predetermined opponents in a round-robin
format for the first time.
is currently 2-4, and Hillsdale owns an 8-1 record. Hillsdale will
also play a road game at Indianapolis before participating in the
Sunday Challenger Classic.
Wesleyan is currently 1-5, while NKU is 5-2.
TOUGH IN CLUTCH AT INDY: Karmen Graham scored 16 points,
including a key basket in the final minute of the game, as NKU posted
a 58-56 win at Indianapolis on Dec. 10.
grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as NKU improved to 2-2 in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference. Brittany Winner added 14 points and four
assists for the Norse, who limited Indianapolis to 9-for-24 shooting
(37.5 percent) from the field in the second half.
basket with 34 seconds remaining gave NKU a 56-52 lead. Indianapolis
fouled Karyn Creager with 21 seconds remaining, and she made one
of two free throws to extend the Norse advantage to 57-54. Mandy
Geryak’s layup with nine seconds remaining cut the NKU lead
to 57-56, and Indianapolis fouled Betsey Clark with 6.4 seconds
left on the clock.
the first free throw, but she converted the second attempt to give
NKU a 58-56 lead. Indianapolis had an opportunity to send the game
into overtime, but Geryak’s jumper missed at the buzzer.
SPECIALISTS: NKU leads the GLVC in blocked shots at 5.71
bpg. Angela Healy is fifth in the GLVC with 1.43 bpg, and Cassie
Brannen is seventh at 1.14 bpg. Katie Butler is 12th at 0.86 bpg.
EASY BASKETS: NKU ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in scoring defense
at 51.7 ppg. The Norse rank No. 2 as a team in field-goal percentage
defense at .342.
YEAR’S SUNDAY CHALLENGER CLASSIC: On Dec. 21, 2004,
NKU rallied from a 21-5 deficit to post a 67-61 win over Fort Valley
State in the consolation game of the Sunday Challenger Classic.
scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half, including an inside
basket that made her the 21st player in Norse women’s basketball
history to join the 1,000-point club. The senior forward dominated
the post in the second half and finished the game 7-for-14 from
the field and 8-for-12 at the line.
who kept NKU close in the first half with 11 points, finished with
23 points and 10 rebounds. Graham was 7-for-10 from the floor, and
she was 8-for-9 from the line.
In the first
round, NKU dropped a 74-65 decision to Shaw (N.C.). Shaw won the
Sunday Challenger Classic by defeating Glenville State in the championship
Highland Heights, Ky. - Regents Hall (1,685)
Virginia Union (2-4) vs. Hillsdale (8-1), 5:30 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan (1-5) vs. NKU (5-2), 7:30 p.m.
NKU/WVWC Series Record: First meeting
Tues., Dec. 20
Virginia Union vs. West Virginia Wesleyan, 5:30 p.m.
Hillsdale vs. NKU, 7:30 p.m.
NKU/Hillsdale Series Record: NKU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: NKU 82, HC 80 2 overtimes (12-2-95)