Ky. - Northern Kentucky University expects to field one of the nation's
top NCAA Division II women's basketball teams this season, and Norse
head coach Nancy Winstel is going to make sure her team is prepared
by playing two difficult exhibition games against Division I programs.
NKU will meet
the University of Kentucky in its first exhibition game Nov. 2 at
Lexington, Ky. Four days later, the Norse will travel to Bloomington,
Ind., to meet Indiana University in another exhibition contest.
NKU, which welcomes
back five starters from last season's 27-5 team that captured the
Great Lakes Valley Conference championship, has not played Kentucky
since the 1990-91 season. The Norse have not met Indiana since 1979.
its exhibition schedule, NKU will open the regular season Nov. 21
with a home game against Midway (Ky.). The Norse, in fact, play
their first five games of the season in Regents Hall.
NKU begins defense
of its GLVC title Nov. 30 with a home game against Quincy. The Norse's
first road game of the season will be a Dec. 9 showdown with GLVC
rival Bellarmine at Louisville, Ky.
Division II national champion Grand Valley State will take part
in the Travel America Classic Dec. 18-19 in Regents Hall. NKU will
meet Northern Michigan on Dec.18, and the Norse play Grand Valley
State the following night at 7:30 p.m.
NKU and Grand
Valley State met in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Great
Lakes Regional in Springfield, Mo., last March. The Lakers defeated
the Norse en route to winning the national championship.
During the Christmas
break, NKU will visit Florida and play St. Rose (N.Y.) and Mercyhurst
(Pa.). Those games will be played at Lakeland, Fla., Dec. 28-29.
Drury will play host to NKU on Feb. 1 in Springfield, Mo. NKU knocked
off Drury in the GLVC Tournament in last season's championship game
at Evansville, Ind.
GLVC Tournament will again be played in Roberts Stadium at Evansville,
Ind., March 1-4.
NKU will feature
senior post player Karmen Graham, who averaged 14.3 points per game
and shot 54.2 percent from the field last season. Graham also earned
honorable mention All-America accolades as a junior.
seniors - Katie Butler, Karyn Creager, Betsey Clark and Brittany
Winner - also return for the Norse. Winner averaged 9.7 ppg and
was named the most outstanding player of the GLVC Tournament after
pouring in 30 points against Drury in the championship game.
Two other starters
- junior center Angela Healy (8.8 ppg) and junior point guard Nicole
Chiodi (7.2 ppg) - also return for the Norse.
HERE FOR 2006-07 SCHEDULE