Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will look for its 15th consecutive victory at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday
when the Norse visit Louisville, Ky., to meet Bellarmine.
NKU is 20-3
overall after defeating Saint Joseph’s, 76-51, on Saturday
in Regents Hall. The Norse extended their winning streak to 14 straight
games and improved to 13-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
is 11-12 overall after defeating Indianapolis by an 80-72 score
on Saturday. The Knights are 7-8 in the GLVC.
SEASON: NKU has reached the 20-win mark for the first time
since the 2002-03 season. This is the 13th time under head coach
Nancy Winstel that the Norse have won at least 20 games.
SCORING = WINS: Four NKU players scored in double figures
in the win over Saint Joseph’s, led by Nicole Chiodi’s
12 points. Karmen Graham added 11 points, while Brittany Winner
and Katie Butler each scored 10. NKU placed 11 players in the scoring
column on Saturday.
ALONG: The 14-game winning streak is NKU’s longest
since the 1999-2000 season, when the Norse ran off 24 consecutive
victories en route to the NCAA Division II national championship.
DEPTH: In the last two games, NKU’s bench has produced
65 points and 28 rebounds.
Against Indianapolis last Thursday, NKU’s reserves contributed
32 points and 14 rebounds. On Saturday, the bench added 33 points
and 14 rebounds.
OFFENSE: NKU junior forward Katie Butler averaged 12 points
off the bench during the two wins last week. In the victory over
Indianapolis, Butler scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half.
She came back against Saint Joseph’s with 10 points, all in
the second half. Butler averages 4.7 points per game.
PARTY: NKU leads the GLVC in blocks (4.78 bpg), and the
Norse feature two of the top five individuals in that category.
Sophomore center Angela Healy is third in the GLVC at 1.26 bpg,
and freshman forward Cassie Brannen is fifth at 1.00 bpg.
THE DEFENSIVE: NKU continues to lead the GLVC in field-goal
percentage defense (.357) and scoring defense (53.4 ppg).
HALL JINX: NKU has lost five straight games in Knights
Hall. The Norse have not defeated Bellarmine in Louisville since
Jan. 30, 1999, when NKU posted a 59-47 win over the Knights.
The Norse did
not play at Bellarmine during the 1999-2000 season due to the GLVC’s
unbalanced schedule. NKU suffered a 77-66 loss last year in Knights
THIS SEASON AGAINST BELLARMINE: On Jan. 28, Brittany Winner
scored six points in the final two minutes of the game - including
a jumper with 13 seconds left to snap a 64-all tie - as the Norse
rallied for a 66-64 win in Regents Hall.
jumper with 2:02 left tied the score at 61-all. With 1:26 remaining,
she drained another jumper from 17 feet to give NKU a 63-61 lead.
Winner capped her performance with an 18-foot jumper with 13 seconds
remaining in the game to give NKU the victory.
RECOGNIZED ON SATURDAY: Former
NKU standout Michelle Cottrell, named to the NCAA Division II Women’s
Basketball 25th Anniversary Team last week, was recognized between
games of Saturday’s doubleheader with Saint Joseph’s.
The NCAA named five
athletes and one coach to the Division II Women’s Basketball
25th Anniversary Team for their achievements while competing and
coaching in NCAA championship competition. The NCAA is celebrating
its 25th year of women’s championships in 2005-06.
Cottrell, a graduate
of Boone County High School, finished her career as NKU’s
all-time scoring leader with 2,241 points, and she was named Kodak
NCAA Division II All-American three times. Cottrell also earned
Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year honors as a junior
In addition, she was
named GLVC Player of the Year three times. Cottrell earned most
outstanding player honors at the 2000 NCAA Division II Elite Eight
after leading NKU to the national championship with an overtime
victory against North Dakota State.
Cottrell finished her
career with 48 double-doubles, and NKU advanced to the NCAA Division
II Elite Eight three times during her career.