averages 6.0 assists
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will play host to NCAA Division II powerhouse Drury (Mo.) at
1 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall.
Drury is ranked
No. 2 nationally in the Division II poll. The Lady Panthers are
5-0 overall, 1-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
NKU is also
unbeaten (4-0) after rallying past Rockhurst (Mo.), 70-57, Thursday
night in the GLVC opener.
NKU has never played Drury in women’s basketball.
game will be
broadcast live on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
TO THE RESCUE: Cassie Brannen picked a great time to record
her first double-double as a college basketball player, and NKU
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 Rockhurst, 70-57. 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
six offensive rebounds and continually drew fouls from the Rockhurst
inside defenders with her aggressive play in the post. She finished
8-for-12 from the free-throw line, but she made five of her six
charity tosses in the second half.
7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She is also shooting 56.3
percent from the field.
NKU used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to turn
a 45-42 deficit into a 57-49 lead. 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.
NEARS 500 CAREER POINTS: NKU junior guard Karyn Creager
has 497 career points entering Saturday’s game. Creager averages
11.3 ppg and is shooting a GLVC-leading 93.3 percent from the free-throw
WINS: NKU is holding opponents to a GLVC-leading 32.9 percent
shooting from the field. The Norse also have limited foes to just
21.6 percent from 3-point range.
WITH THE ASSIST: NKU sophomore point guard Nicole Chiodi
ranks second in the GLVC in assists at 6.0 apg. She also ranks second
in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.80.
DRURY: The Lady Panthers improved to 5-0 Thursday night
with a 75-72 win at Bellarmine in their first-ever GLVC game. 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.
All-America forward Amanda Newton is the preseason pick as National
Player of the Year by Division II Bulletin. Newton averages 19.4
ppg and 6.2 rebounds. She is also shooting 73.9 percent from the
the GLVC in scoring at 86.0 ppg. The Lady Panthers are the preseason
favorite to win the GLVC West.