Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will meet Missouri-St. Louis in the first round of the Great
Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday
at Evansville, Ind.
NKU (23-4 overall,
16-3 GLVC) enters the eight-team GLVC Tournament as the No. 1 seed
from the East Division. Missouri-St. Louis (16-11 overall, 9-10
GLVC) qualified as a wild card and is the No. 4 seed from the West
of that game will advance to the semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday against
the Quincy/Bellarmine winner. The championship game is set for 2
p.m. Saturday. All games will be played at Roberts Stadium.
winner of the GLVC Tournament receives an automatic berth to the
NCAA Division II Tournament. The 64-team NCAA Division II Tournament
field will be announced at 10 p.m. March 5.
All NKU games
this week can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: NKU owns a 12-6 all-time record in
the GLVC Tournament, and the Norse have won two GLVC Tournament
championships (1999 and 2000).
NKU is 11-5
all-time at Roberts Stadium during GLVC Tournament play.
BLUES: NKU has lost in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament
the last two years. Last season, Bellarmine defeated NKU, 62-54,
in the first game. Two years ago, Indianapolis posted a 67-58 win
over NKU in the opening round.
GLVC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: In 2000, NKU defeated IPFW,
Bellarmine and Indianapolis to capture the GLVC title. The previous
year, the Norse defeated Kentucky Wesleyan, Southern Indiana and
Bellarmine en route to the GLVC Tournament championship.
YOUR BIRTHDAY: NKU’s Katie Butler celebrated her
21st birthday last Saturday by making a trio of 3-point shots en
route to scoring 11 points in the Norse’s 75-65 win at Lewis.
Butler also grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals in that win.
With NKU trailing
22-17, Butler came off the bench and made two 3-point shots to ignite
a 16-2 run that gave the Norse a 33-24 lead.
DUO: Karmen Graham and Brittany Winner combined for 34
points and nine assists to lead the Norse offensive attack at Lewis.
Graham scored 18 points and had three assists. She also grabbed
four rebounds and was 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.
the GLVC Tournament as NKU’s leading scorer (14.4 points per
game) and rebounder (5.8 rebounds per game).
16 points and six assists, and she made three 3-pointers. Winner
is scoring 9.0 ppg and is second on the team in assists with 62.
FORCE: NKU freshman Cassie Brannen added 14 points, six
rebounds and three steals in the win at Lewis. Brannen, a candidate
for GLVC Freshman of the Year honors, made all five of her attempts
from the field and was 4-for-5 at the line. She averages 6.8 ppg
and 4.8 rpg. Brannen is also shooting 56.1 percent from the field
and has 24 blocked shots.
NEARS NKU MILESTONE: Nancy Winstel enters the GLVC Tournament
with 495 career victories as the head coach at NKU. Winstel, who
earned her 500th collegiate coaching win last season, is 495-167
in 23 years as the Norse mentor. She owns an overall coaching record
of 534-208 in 26 seasons of coaching.
MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: The Riverwomen are led by 6-foot-1
junior center Jennifer Martin, who averages 11.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg.
Martin leads the GLVC with 57 blocked shots and has made 49 percent
of her shots from the field.
Courtney Watts is scoring 10.5 ppg for the Riverwomen, who defeated
Southern Indiana, 61-56, on the road last Saturday to earn a berth
in the GLVC Tournament. Crystal Lambert scored 17 of her 19 points
in the second half to spark the Missouri-St. Louis victory.
THIS SEASON AGAINST MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: On Jan. 12, Karmen
Graham scored 23 points and made four free throws in the final 36
seconds of the game as NKU rallied for a 66-57 win over Missouri-St.
Louis in the Mark Twain Building.
Louis held a 52-50 lead with 2:05 left in the game after Jennifer
Martin’s inside basket, but Katie Butler countered by draining
a 3-pointer to give NKU a 53-52 advantage with 1:50 remaining. Graham
was fouled trying to get position as Butler’s 3-pointer was
launched, and she added two free throws to extend the Norse lead
NKU a 58-52 lead with a minute left on the clock when she hit her
second 3-pointer of the game. The Norse sealed the victory by making
eight free throws in the final 46 seconds, with Graham converting
four straight from the line.
a key steal with 27 seconds left and NKU holding a 62-57 lead. Her
two free throws gave the Norse a 64-57 advantage. Graham finished
13-for-14 from the free-throw line.
added 13 points and seven rebounds for NKU. Karyn Creager scored
11 points and had three assists as NKU upped its lead in the all-time
series with Missouri-St. Louis to 15-2.
A year ago,
the Norse swept the season series with the Riverwomen.
PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED SUNDAY AT 10 P.M.: Pairings for the
NCAA Division II Tournament will be announced Sunday at 10 p.m.
NKU is expected to be among the eight teams earning berths in the
NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region field.
host for the Great Lakes Region Tournament is Drury, which enters
the GLVC Tournament ranked No. 1 in the regional poll.