Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will look for its 16th consecutive victory at 2:15 p.m. Saturday
when the Norse play a road game at Kentucky Wesleyan.
NKU is 21-3
overall after posting an 82-70 road win at Bellarmine on Tuesday.
The Norse extended their winning streak to 15 straight games and
improved to 14-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
is 13-10 overall, and the Panthers will meet Bellarmine on Thursday
FROSH: Cassie Brannen scored a career-high 19 points and
grabbed seven rebounds to lead NKU past Bellarmine. The freshman
forward also finished 6-for-8 from the field and had three assists.
6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. She is shooting 53.6 percent
from the field and ranks No. 5 in the GLVC in blocked shots at 1.00
HALL JINX SNAPPED: NKU snapped a five-game losing streak
in Knights Hall with the victory over Bellarmine. Before Tuesday,
the Norse’s last victory in Louisville, Ky., came on Jan.
HAUNTS KNIGHTS AGAIN: NKU junior forward Brittany Winner
added a career-best 16 points, four rebounds and three assists against
Bellarmine. Winner scored all 16 of her points in the second half
and was 7-for-8 from the field as the Norse cruised to the victory.
pulled within six points with 11:55 left in the game, but Winner
responded with a conventional three-point play to give NKU a 55-46
advantage. Winner - who drained the winning shot against the Knights
in a 66-64 victory on Jan. 28 in Regents Hall - later made consecutive
baskets to push the Norse lead to 61-49, and Bellarmine never threatened
the remainder of the game.
ALONG: The 15-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 three games, NKU’s bench has produced
95 points and 42 rebounds.
scores against KWC
THIS SEASON AGAINST KWC: On Jan. 5, NKU remained perfect
at home in the all-time series against Kentucky Wesleyan with a
62-47 win over the Panthers. Karmen Graham scored 20 of her 22 points
in the second half as the Norse improved to 22-0 all-time in Regents
Hall against Kentucky Wesleyan. Angela Healy added 16 points and
seven rebounds for NKU.
- playing without its two leading scorers due to injuries - jumped
out to a 14-9 lead in first 11 minutes of the game as Holly Mills
scored six points. NKU responded with an 8-0 run to take a 17-14
lead on a pair of free throws by Karen Brackman.
The Norse settled
for a 21-18 halftime advantage by holding Kentucky Wesleyan to 28
percent shooting from the field.
the nets at a 63.2 percent clip from the field in the second half
and coasted to the win. Graham was 9-for-12 from the free-throw
line and added six rebounds. She also had two blocked shots and
was 6-for-9 from the field.
came off the bench and blocked three shots for NKU. Karyn Creager
added five points and three assists for the Norse.
SEASON IN OWENSBORO: On Nov. 26, 2004, Lauren Stewart scored
14 points and grabbed five rebounds as Kentucky Wesleyan defeated
NKU, 63-48, in the Owensboro Sportscenter. Mary Czarnecki added
12 points and six rebounds for the Panthers. NKU had defeated Kentucky
Wesleyan 13 consecutive times before that setback.
It marked Kentucky
Wesleyan’s first victory against NKU since Jan. 31, 1998,
when the Panthers pulled out a 74-72 overtime win against the Norse
in Owensboro, Ky.
Wesleyan defense held NKU to 27.1 percent shooting for the game.
Brittany Winner and Karyn Creager both scored 11 points to lead
the Norse. Kentucky Wesleyan shot 95.2 percent from the free-throw
line for the game to coast to the victory.
MOVES UP TO NO. 2 IN REGION: NKU moved up a spot to second
in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region ratings. Drury
is No. 1, followed by NKU, Grand Valley State, Michigan Tech and
Lake Superior State.
The GLVC and
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament winners
will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes
Regional. Six teams will also receive at-large berths to complete
the Great Lakes Region field of eight.