Chiodi shoots a jumper in the lane
Ky. - Nicole Chiodi put on a show in her debut as Northern Kentucky
University’s starting point guard Wednesday night.
a team-leading 11 points, dished out six assists and grabbed six
rebounds as NKU opened the season with a 71-40 victory over Wilberforce
(Ohio) in Regents Hall. The sophomore from Newport Central Catholic
also added two steals as the Norse forced Wilberforce into 28 turnovers
and limited the Lady Bulldogs to 28 percent shooting from the field.
A year ago,
Chiodi saw action in 24 games for NKU and had 18 assists as a freshman.
With three-year starting point guard Elizabeth Burrows having been
lost to graduation, Chiodi stepped forward and earned the job in
to her six assists, Chiodi had just one turnover against Wilberforce.
added nine points for the balanced NKU attack, which featured 10
players hitting the scoring column. The Norse led by as many as
36 points in the second half and finished with 21 assists as a team.
the first nine points of the game and took a 31-10 lead at the half.
Freshman forward Cassie Brannen scored eight points before halftime
by making all four of her attempts from the field.
shot just 19 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers in
the first half. NKU, meanwhile, hit 41.9 percent from the field
and made a trio of 3-point shots before the break.
Graham powers for a basket
The Norse used
a 25-7 run in the second half to build a 61-25 advantage on freshman
Karen Brackman’s 3-pointer with 5:30 remaining in the game.
The NKU bench totaled 31 points and 18 rebounds against Wilberforce,
which dropped to 0-3 this season.
added seven points and four assists as the Norse gave head
coach Nancy Winstel her 512th career victory. Winstel, beginning
her 23rd season at NKU, is 473-163 with the Norse.
Angela Healy finished
with six points, eight rebounds and two steals for the Norse, while
teammate Katie Butler added six points, five rebounds and two blocked
shots in her NKU debut. Butler, a transfer from Dayton, also had
Brittany Winner scored
seven points, while Betsey Clark and Danyelle Echoles each finished
with six points. Angela Estes added four rebounds and two blocked
shots for NKU, which had eight rejections as a team.
Kanisha Coward paced
Wilberforce with 11 points, and teammate Gennett McCarver added
NKU plays host
to Northwood (Mich.) on Nov. 22 in Regents Hall. The Norse will
then travel to Detroit, Mich., for a Nov. 26 game at Wayne State.
NKU opens Great
Lakes Valley Conference play Dec. 1 with a home game against Rockhurst.