led NKU to the GLVC title
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will meet Michigan Tech at 2 p.m. (EST) Friday in the first
round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament at Springfield,
the NCAA Tournament with a 26-4 record after winning the Great Lakes
Valley Conference Tournament championship with an 86-73 victory
over Drury on March 5. The Norse enter the Great Lakes Regional
as the No. 3 seed and are ranked 21st nationally in the Division
is 19-8 overall and is the No. 6 seed. The Huskies are members of
the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Tech winner will play the Grand Valley State/Ashland winner at 7
p.m. Saturday. The championship game is set for March 13 at 8 p.m.
Drury is the
top seed and host for the Great Lakes Regional.
THE WINNER IS...: Brittany Winner scored a career-high
30 points as NKU captured the GLVC Tournament championship last
Sunday in Roberts Stadium. Winner shot 10-for-13 from the field
and made all nine of her free throws as NKU won its first GLVC title
junior forward also grabbed seven rebounds, handled the ball flawlessly
against the Drury pressure and was named the most outstanding player
of the tournament. Winner averages 9.6 points per game and five
rebounds. She has also made 81.4 percent of her free throws and
is second on the team in assists with 70.
BUTLER DID IT AGAIN: NKU junior forward Katie Butler also
played a key role in the Norse’s win against Drury with 15
points off the bench. Butler made all seven of her free-throw attempts
and grabbed three rebounds. Butler averages 5.4 ppg.
SHOOTING: NKU made its final 15 attempts from the line
to ice the game against Drury. The Norse finished 31-for-34 from
the free-throw line in that contest.
KEYS VICTORY: NKU sophomore point guard Nicole Chiodi scored
12 points against Drury and made a key 3-pointer late in the second
half. Drury had sliced a 10-point NKU lead to 67-64 with just under
three minutes remaining.
an opening on the right wing and launched a shot from behind the
arc that found the bottom of the net to give the Norse a 70-64 advantage
with 2:44 left on the clock.
was named first team All-GLVC
EARNS HONOR: NKU junior forward Karmen Graham was named
to the GLVC’s all-tournament team. Graham averaged 19 points
in the first two games of the GLVC Tournament, but she was limited
to two points against Drury after getting into foul trouble.
NKU in scoring at 14.3 ppg and rebounding.
HONORS: Winstel was also selected as the GLVC Coach of
the Year. This marks the sixth time Winstel has earned GLVC coach
of the Year honors.
named first team All-GLVC by the league coaches. NKU junior guard
Karyn Creager earned All-GLVC honorable mention accolades. Creager
averages 9.4 ppg and is shooting 85.7 percent from the free-throw
line. Creager also leads NKU in 3-pointers made with 41.
TECH/NKU HISTORY: NKU and Michigan Tech have met twice
in women’s basketball, and both games were during the NCAA
Tournament. In the 1999 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament
championship game at Highland Heights, Ky., Michelle Cottrell’s
stick-back basket at the buzzer gave NKU a 65-63 win over Michigan
Tech and a trip to the Elite Eight.
In the final
seconds of that game with the score tied at 63-all, NKU worked the
ball inside to Shannon Smith. Her short jumper missed, but Cottrell
grabbed the offensive rebound and laid the ball in just as the final
season, on March 10, 2000, Cottrell scored a basket with six seconds
remaining in the game as NKU edged Michigan Tech, 60-59, in the
semifinals of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region in Regents
basket came off an offensive rebound after a miss by NKU’s
Bridget Flanagan. Cottrell, who had 29 points and 15 rebounds, powered
her way inside for the basket to give NKU a 60-59 lead.
Clara Goggins attempted a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but the
shot was off target and NKU would go on to win the NCAA Division
II national championship 15 days later in Pine Bluff, Ark.
AGAINST THE GREAT LAKES REGION FIELD: NKU is 5-1 against
the regional field this season. The Norse are 1-1 against Drury,
2-0 against Lewis and 2-0 against Quincy.
NCAA HISTORY: NKU owns a 19-14 all-time record in the NCAA
Tournament, and the Norse captured the 2000 NCAA Division II national
championship at Pine Bluff, Ark., with a 71-62 overtime victory
against North Dakota State.
ago, NKU defeated Grand Valley State, Indianapolis and Quincy to
win the Great Lakes Region title at Indianapolis, Ind. The Norse
also posted wins against Washburn (Kan.) and California (Pa.) at
St. Joseph, Mo., before falling to South Dakota State in the national
the seventh time in the last eight years NKU has earned a berth
in the NCAA Tournament. The Norse had their streak of six straight
NCAA berths snapped last season.
INFORMATION: Tickets will go on sale to the general public
at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Prices are $42 for an all-sessions pass, $12
per session for chairback seats, $8 for general admission and $5
for students. Call J.J. Carney in the Drury ticket office at (417)
873-7265 for more information.
March 10 (all times Eastern)
II Great Lakes Region Tournament
Mo. - Weiser Gym (2,200)
NKU (26-4) vs.
Michigan Tech (19-8), 2 p.m.
State (27-3) vs. Ashland (21-10), 4 p.m.
vs. Quincy (20-9), 7 p.m.
State (21-7) vs. Lewis (18-10), 9 p.m.
All NKU games will be broadcast on WIOK (107.5 FM)
Series Record: NKU leads, 2-0
Meeting: NKU 60, MTU 59 (3-10-2000)
Lakes Region semifinals
vs. GVSU/AU winner, 7 p.m.
vs. LSSU/LU winner, 9 p.m.
Region championship, 8 p.m.