Healy drives against Bellarmine
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team is
preparing for what promises to be an intriguing Travel America Classic,
which begins next Monday (Dec. 18) in Regents Hall.
NKU will take
on Northern Michigan (Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.) and Grand Valley State
(Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.) in the two-day tournament. Emporia State
will be in town as well to round out the four-team field and will
meet Grand Valley State and Northern Michigan at 5:30 p.m. both
Both NKU games
can be heard live on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu. Tickets
for the event can be purchased by calling (859) 572-6639.
NKU is looking
to bounce back from an 85-78 defeat at the hands of
Great Lakes Valley Conference foe Bellarmine last Saturday night.
The Norse are 4-2 overall and ranked 16th nationally in the Division
State, the defending NCAA Division II national champion, is ranked
No. 3 nationally. Emporia State is ranked No. 2.
TAKE GLVC EAST SHOWDOWN: Bellarmine made 72.7 percent of
its 3-point attempts, won the rebounding battle by a 35-26 margin
and finished 29-for-37 from the free-throw line to defeat NKU last
and Angela Smith combined for 44 points to lead the Knights, who
avenged a pair of losses to NKU last season. Kopple, a sophomore
forward, scored a career-high 24 points and was 12-for-15 at the
line. Smith tallied 18 of her 20 points in the second half. She
also drained a trio of key 3-pointers for the Knights.
scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead NKU, which shot
51 percent from the field. Karyn Creager added 14 points and four
assists, while Katie Butler scored 13 points off the bench. Brittany
Winner finished with 11 points, two blocked shots and two assists
for NKU, while teammate Nicole Chiodi added eight points, two blocks
and three assists.
OCCURANCE: Prior to last Saturday's setback at Bellarmine,
the last time NKU shot better than 50 percent in a losing effort
was Feb. 23, 2006, when Wisconsin-Parkside defeated the Norse, 70-62.
NKU shot 51.1 percent in that game.
TO ANOTHER RECORD: Karyn Creager, who holds the school
record of 27 consecutive made free throws, has hit her last 14 in
a row since the Nov. 30 meeting with Quincy. Over the past two games,
Creager has averaged 17.5 points on 78 percent shooting from long
range. The Leipsic, Ohio, native is averaging 11.8 ppg for the season
and now has 815 career points at NKU.
Brannen: 67.7 percent from the field
ENDS: Katie Butler, who hit her first 13 free throws of
the season, saw her streak come to an end at the 8:57 mark of the
second half against Bellarmine last Saturday when she missed her
first from the line.
CONTINUES: Angela Healy stands as the team's most accurate
free-throw shooter at 94.4 percent (17-for-18) and has hit her last
15 attempts dating back to the Nov. 25 game against Wayne State.
Healy currently leads the Norse with 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds
PUNCH:The NKU bench has proved just as effective as the
starters this season as the Norse boast the GLVC's top two shooters
among their reserves in Cassie Brannen (67.7 percent) and Katie
Butler (62.2 percent). Angela Healy stands fourth, shooting 56.3
percent, while Brittany Winner stands at eighth in the conference
with a 54.2 percent mark.
NEARS 1,000 POINTS: NKU senior post player Karmen Graham
enters the Travel America Classic with 941 career points.
WINNER: NKU senior Brittany Winner averages 11.0 ppg, shoots
54.2 percent from the field and ranks No. 2 on the team with 20
assists. The Minster, Ohio, native is also tied for second on the
team with seven blocked shots and she is shooting 72.7 percent from
the free-throw line. She also leads NKU in minutes played with 163
NORTHERN MICHIGAN: The Wildcats, who will play Ashland
on Saturday, own a 2-5 overall record. Allison Carroll leads the
Wildcats with 14.6 points over their seven games.
LAST TIME AGAINST NORTHERN MICHIGAN: On March 7, 2002,
in the first round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional
at Evansville, Ind., Bridget Flanagan scored 22 points as NKU posted
a 73-60 win over Northern Michigan at the PAC Arena.
Amy Mobley added
17 points and 10 rebounds for the Norse, who later beat both Lake
Superior State and host Southern Indiana to win the regional championship.
NKU holds a 3-2 lead in the all-time series with the Wildcats.
LAST TIME AGAINST NORTHERN MICHIGAN IN REGENTS HALL: On
March 11, 2000, Michele Tuchfarber scored 22 points as NKU defeated
Northern Michigan, 77-70, in the championship game of the NCAA Division
II Great Lakes Region Tournament in Regents Hall.
added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Norse, who won their 21st
consecutive game and improved to 29-2. Cottrell was also named the
tournament’s most outstanding player as NKU rallied from a
12-point deficit in the first half. Tuchfarber scored 17 of her
22 points in the second half for the Norse. She also made all 10
of her free-throw attempts.
Two weeks later
in Pine Bluff, Ark., NKU won its first national champion by defeating
North Dakota State in overtime.
LAST TIME AGAINST GRAND VALEY STATE: On March 11, 2006,
in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional at
Springfield, Mo., Grand Valley State shot 73.3 percent from the
field in the first half to take a 51-34 lead at the break and coasted
to a 91-70 win over NKU. The Lakers led as many as 31 points in
the final 20 minutes. Erika Ryskamp scored 25 points for second-seeded
Grand Valley State, which would go on to defeat Drury for the regional
title en route to the national championship.
State started the game by making 11 of its first 13 shots from the
field to build a 22-13 lead. Crystal Zick scored eight of her 15
points in the first seven minutes of the game to spark the Lakers.
Karmen Graham scored a team-leading 17 points for NKU. Brittany
Winner added 13 points and six rebounds for the Norse.