Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will look for its 13th consecutive victory when Indianapolis
visits Regents Hall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Thursday with a 12-game winning streak after holding off Quincy,
73-70, last Saturday at Quincy, Ill. The Norse are 18-3 overall,
11-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
NKU is in sole
possession of first place in the GLVC East Division. Lewis (10-3
GLVC) trails the Norse by one game in the GLVC East standings.
is 10-11 overall, 5-8 in the GLVC.
NKU will close out its 2005-06 home schedule Saturday at 1 p.m.
against Saint Joseph’s. Both games this week will be televised
live on ICN-6.
FROSH: Cassie Brannen came off the bench and scored 15
points, including a key basket and free throw in the final minute,
to lead NKU past Quincy. Brannen, a freshman and a graduate of Mount
Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati, also finished with eight rebounds
and three steals.
For the season,
Brannen averages 5.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. She is also
shooting 50 percent from the field and ranks second on the team
with 18 blocked shots.
FOR 13 IN A ROW: NKU is looking for its first 13-game winning
streak in a season since ending the 1999-2000 campaign with 24 straight
victories and an NCAA Division II national championship.
longest single-season winning streak is 25 games, set by the 1975-76
team. The most consecutive victories during a two-season span is
34 (24 straight to end 1999-2000, a 10-0 start in 2000-01).
Chiodi launches a shot
PLAY AT THE POINT: Sophomore point guard Nicole Chiodi
averaged 13.0 ppg and 4.5 assists during the Norse’s two-game
road trip. She also averaged 2.0 steals as NKU swept games at Southern
Illinois at Edwardsville and Quincy.
FIRST HALF: NKU junior post player Karmen Graham scored
all 15 of her points in the first half to ignite the victory at
Quincy. Graham leads NKU in scoring (14.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage
(.539). She is tied with Angela Healy for the team lead in rebounding
at 6.0 rpg.
APPROACHES NKU MILESTONE: NKU’s Nancy Winstel owns
529 victories as a collegiate head coach in 26 years at two schools.
On Dec. 31, 2004, she notched her 500th career win with a 57-51
victory at Northwood (Mich.).
now 490-166 in 23 years at NKU and needs 10 victories to become
the only basketball coach in school history to reach the 500-win
BUTLER DID IT: NKU junior forward Katie Butler came off
the bench Saturday and scored seven points in the win over Quincy.
Butler used 3-for-4 shooting from the field to contribute the seven
points. She also hit a 3-pointer and added a blocked shot in 14
minutes of action.
INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds are led by Mandy Geryak, who
averages 13.8 ppg. Amanda Norris is scoring 10.4 ppg and averages
6.4 rebounds per contest. Vanessa Jackson averages 9.0 ppg and leads
the team with 32 blocked shots.
THIS SEASON AGAINST INDY: On Dec. 10, Karmen Graham scored
16 points, including a key basket in the final minute of the game,
as NKU posted a 58-56 win over Indianapolis in Nicoson Hall. Graham
also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
added 14 points and four assists for the Norse, who limited Indianapolis
to 9-for-24 shooting (37.5 percent) from the field in the second
half. Graham’s basket with 34 seconds remaining gave
NKU a 56-52 lead, but Vanessa Jackson countered by making a jumper
with 24 seconds left to bring Indianapolis within 56-54.
fouled Karyn Creager with 21 seconds remaining, and the NKU junior
guard made one of two free throws to extend the Norse advantage
to 57-54. Mandy Geryak’s layup with nine seconds remaining
cut the NKU lead to 57-56, and Indianapolis fouled Betsey Clark
with 6.4 seconds left on the clock.
the first free throw, but she converted the second attempt to give
NKU a 58-56 lead. Indianapolis had an opportunity to send the game
into overtime, but Geryak’s jumper missed at the buzzer.
with 10 points and two steals for NKU.
THIS SEASON AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S:
On Dec. 8, Saint Joseph’s ended a 23-game losing streak against
NKU with a 50-47 win over the Norse at the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse.
It was Saint Joseph’s first victory against NKU since Feb.
19, 1994, when the Pumas posted a 72-67 win.
scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Saint Joseph’s.
Patience Meyer added 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked
shots for the Pumas, who built a nine-point lead in the second half
and held off a late NKU rally.
Hughes made a pair of free throws with 3:07 remaining to give Saint
Joseph’s a 46-37 lead, Katie Butler drained a 3-pointer to
bring NKU within 46-40 with 2:52 left in the game. Brittany Winner
converted two free throws with 47 seconds left to cut the lead to
46-42, and Bova missed the front end of the bonus.
then made a layup to pull the Norse within 46-44 with 16 seconds
remaining. Ashley Hughes was fouled with 12 seconds showing on the
clock, and she hit two free throws to extend the Puma advantage
to 48-44. Creager, however, was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer
with 4.7 seconds left, and she made all three free throws to cut
the Saint Joseph’s lead to 48-47.
hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds left in the game to give the
Pumas a 50-47 lead, and Karmen Graham’s desperation 3-pointer
was off target at the buzzer. Saint Joseph’s won despite shooting
just 31.3 percent from the field in the second half and 40 percent
for the game.
NKU with 12 points and three steals, but the Norse shot just 21.7
percent (5-for-23) from the field in the second half. Creager added