Healy had 14 points on Tuesday
Ky. - During its first two games, the Northern Kentucky University
women’s basketball team has combined a balanced offense with
a stingy defense and coasted to a pair of easy victories.
to 2-0 Tuesday night by dispatching Northwood (Mich.), 81-55, in
Regents Hall. The Norse built a 39-23 halftime lead and rolled past
the Timberwolves, who shot just 32.3 percent from the field during
the first 20 minutes.
“This was a big
game for us because it’s a regional a game. Northwood is good
competition for us,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “They
are a solid opponent. I saw them play on Sunday (against Southern
Indiana), and they are going to come and give you all they have.”
scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half for NKU, which used
a 15-2 run to erase a 12-9 Northwood lead and build a 24-14 advantage.
The Norse made 56 percent of their shots from the field during the
first 20 minutes.
In the second
half, sophomore point guard Nicole Chiodi keyed a 20-8 run with
six points and a couple of perfect passes on fast breaks. Chiodi
finished with 10 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals.
“I think Nicole Chiodi played an awesome game,” said
NKU junior guard Karyn Creager. “She can just see the court
so well, and she hits you when you are open. That gets our offense
a game-high 17 points and made all three of her attempts from 3-point
range. Creager drained a pair of consecutive 3-pointers in the second
half to give NKU a 59-33 lead.
“The first game, I was real frustrated,” Creager said,
referring to her 2-for-10 shooting performance last week against
Wilberforce. “I think I was putting too much pressure on myself,
and I just remembered I wanted to come out and have fun. I think
that helped get the pressure off and helped me play my game.”
dished out 10 assists
on 63 percent from the field in the second half to roll past the
Timberwolves. The Norse also shot 72.7 percent from 3-point range,
led by Creager’s three treys.
“The thing about it is, if you took a vote of who everyone
thought was the best shooter on this team is, it would be Karyn,”
Winstel said. “Tonight, they were doubling on Angela Healy,
and Karyn made them pay big time. She put the ball on the floor,
and she made her free throws.”
all six of her attempts from the field and added five rebounds.
The sophomore center also finished with three assists and three
steals. Karmen Graham scored 11 points in 20 minutes of play for
Just like in
the season-opening win against Wilberforce, 10 NKU players hit the
scoring column. But it was the defense that had Winstel most pleased.
“I thought our defensive intensity was key,” Winstel
said. “To me, it all starts and stops with defense. And, I
also thought our half court execution was better. It was not where
we wanted it to be, but it was better than it was (against Wilberforce).
It was not where we wanted it to be but it was better.”
led Northwood (1-2) with 16 points and five steals. NKU also knocked
off Northwood last season by a 57-51 score at Midland, Mich., to
give Winstel her 500th career victory.
NKU will visit
Detroit, Mich., on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Wayne State.
The Norse will begin Great Lakes Valley Conference play Dec. 1 with
a 5:30 p.m. game against Rockhurst (Mo.) in Regents Hall.