Creager is closing in on another NKU free-throw record. The
senior from Leipsic, Ohio, has made 20 consecutive free throws
and needs to hit her next eight to shatter her own school
record of 27.
Ky. - The last time Northern Kentucky University played St. Rose
(N.Y.) in women's basketball, a trip to the NCAA Division II national
semifinals was at stake.
That was during
the 2000 NCAA Division II Elite Eight at Pine Bluff, Ark., and NKU
knocked off then-No. 1 and unbeaten St. Rose en route to the national
championship. Nearly seven years later, those two teams will meet
again on a neutral court. This time the Norse and Golden Knights
meet in Lakeland, Fla., at the Florida Southern Classic, which begins
Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a rematch of the 2000 national quarterfinals.
NKU is 5-3 overall
and ranked 17th nationally in the Division II poll. St. Rose is
9-2 and ranked No. 22 nationally in Division II.
NKU will also
meet regional opponent Mercyhurst (Pa.) at 2 p.m. Friday to conclude
the two-day event. Both games can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM)
and on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
TIME: NKU is coming off a 74-58 loss to Grand Valley State
in the Travel America Classic in Regents Hall. Grand Valley State
shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half to build a 38-22
lead, and NKU was unable to generate any kind of rally after the
led NKU with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists. Angela Healy
and Karyn Creager each added 10 points for NKU. Nicole Chiodi scored
eight points, while Danyelle Echoles came off the bench and finished
with seven points.
WILL GET THERE FIRST?: Angela Healy extended her consecutive
made free-throw streak to 19, eight shy of tying Karyn Creager's
school-record 27 straight makes. Creager, however, has made 20 consecutive
from the line and is looking to break her own record, which she
set two years ago. For the season, Healy is 21-for-22 at the line
(.955). Creager is 28-for-32 (.875), while teammate Karmen Graham
is 17-for-18 (.944).
WONDERLAND: NKU senior forward Brittany Winner scored 27
points and grabbed 12 rebounds during the Travel America Classic
to earn all-tournament honors. The Minster, Ohio, native leads NKU
in scoring at 11.6 points per contest. She was 3-of-6 from long
range and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line during the
Travel America Classic. She also took five steals from the opposition
and dished out seven assists
Lvingstone (11) shoots against St. Rose at the 2000 NCAA Division
II Elite Eight in Pine Bluff, Ark. NKU toppled No. 1 St. Rose
from the unbeaten ranks with a 60-50 victory on March 22.
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
ON TARGET: NKU senior forward Katie Butler is scoring at
a 10.3 point clip and is the Great Lakes Valley Conference's most
accurate 3-point shooter at 55.6 percent. Butler, a native of Findlay,
Ohio, is also the conference's most accurate shooter from the field,
hitting at a 59.2 percent rate.
THE GLVC: NKU is the most accurate shooting team in the
GLVC at 51.7 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from 3-point range,
and 81.4 percent from the free-throw line. NKU also leads the GLVC
in blocked shots with 49 and assists with 18 per game.
ST. ROSE: The Golden Knights are led by junior center Lauren
Revesz, who averages 17.0 ppg and 5.8 rebounds. Senior guard Linsey
Onishuk is scoring 14.6 ppg. St. Rose is a member of the Northeast-10
LAST TIME AGAINST ST. ROSE: On March 22, 2000, at the NCAA
Division II Elite Eight in Pine Bluff, Ark., NKU handed previously
unbeaten St. Rose a 60-50 defeat. Freshman Bridget Flanagan keyed
the win with 13 points off the bench.
scored 14 points for the second-ranked Norse, who improved to 30-2.
Down 25-20 at halftime, the Norse took their first lead of the game
at 45-44 on a jumper by Flanagan with 3:13 left.
trail again. St. Rose (34-1) tied it with 2:57 left, but NKU closed
the game with a 3-pointer from Flanagan, eight points from Tuchfarber
and a conventional three-point play by freshman Amy Mobley to seal
NKU went on
to beat Western Washington in the NCAA Division II Final Four, and
the Norse claimed their first-ever national title with an overtime
victory against North Dakota State on March 25, 2000. Michelle Cottrell
added 13 points for NKU. Colleen Sheridan and Ngalula Nana Lukengu
scored 16 points apiece to lead St. Rose.
That is the
only time NKU and St. Rose have met in women's basketball.