helped NKU defeat Loyola
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will play host to Brescia (Ky.) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Regents
NKU is 7-3
overall after knocking off NCAA Division I Loyola (Ill.), 74-55,
on Dec. 22. Brescia, a member of the NAIA, is off to a 1-12 start
Great Lakes Valley Conference action on Jan. 5 when Kentucky Wesleyan
visits Regents Hall for a 5:30 p.m. contest. Southern Indiana will
also play at NKU at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7. The Norse are 2-2 in the GLVC.
RAMBLE PAST LOYOLA: Given the rare opportunity to play
a Division I opponent in Regents Hall, NKU took full advantage of
the situation and posted a 19-point win over Loyola (Ill.).
scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead NKU, which used
a 22-6 run in the second half to pull away. Karyn Creager keyed
the run with six points as NKU knocked off a Division I opponent
for the first time since Dec. 8, 1993, when the Norse posted a 79-60
win over Morehead State.
Graham, a 6-foot-1
junior post player who also scored 48 points in two games during
the Sunday Challenger Classic last week, used 6-for-8 shooting from
the field to key NKU’s win against Loyola.
STATS: Graham averaged 22 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot
72.4 percent from the field last week in three games. She poured
in a career-high 31 points on 12-for-13 shooting from the field
to lead NKU past West Virginia Wesleyan, 68-48, on Dec. 19.
Graham is tied
for first place the GLVC in scoring (15.7 ppg), and she leads NKU
in rebounding (6.2 rpg). She also ranks fourth in the GLVC in field-goal
THE HEALY BEGIN: NKU sophomore post player Angela Healy
scored 13 points and added eight rebounds against Loyola. Healy
averages 7.5 ppg and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
scores against Loyola
She also leads
NKU with 13 blocked shots and has made 50.9 percent of her attempts
from the field. In addition, Healy leads NKU with 15 steals.
THE LINE: Creager ranks No. 2 in the GLVC at 92.3 percent
from the free-throw line. She is 24-for-26 this season from the
line and averages 9.6 ppg. She has also connected on a team-leading
14 3-point field goals this season.
REJECTION: NKU continues to lead the GLVC in blocked shots
at 4.90 blocks per game. Healy is sixth in blocks at 1.30 bpg, while
Cassie Brannen is eighth at 0.90 bpg. Katie Butler ranks 14th at
The Norse are
also No. 1 in scoring defense at 52.3 ppg.
LAST TIME AGAINST BRESCIA: On Feb. 19, 2003, Amy Mobley
scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as NKU defeated Brescia,
71-54, in Regents Hall.
added 16 points, and Elizabeth Burrows finished with nine points,
six rebounds and four assists for NKU.
NKU shot 60
percent from the field in the second half to break open a close
game. The Norse also made seven 3-pointers in the second half and
finished 11-for-20 from behind the arc.
scored 13 points for Brescia, which made just 38.3 percent of its
shots from the field. The Lady Bearcats entered that game ranked
16th nationally in the NAIA poll.
NKU was ranked
No. 21 in the NCAA Division II poll going into the Brescia game
in 2003. That is the only meeting between the two schools in women’s