Creager enters Saturday with 998 career points at NKU. She
is looking to become the 23rd member of NKU’s 1,000-point
Ky. - Less than 48 hours after watching its 12-game winning streak
disappear at Saint Joseph’s, Northern Kentucky University
closes out its regular season at Indianapolis at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The game can
be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
a 65-58 loss to Saint Joseph’s at Rensselaer, Ind., Thursday
night. The Norse entered that game ranked No. 24 nationally and
had not lost since Jan. 6.
NKU is 19-6
overall, 13-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse are
No. 3 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll and
will be the No. 2 seed from the GLVC East Division at next week’s
GLVC Tournament at Evansville, Ind.
POSSIBILITIES: NKU will meet either Quincy, Missouri-Rolla
or Southern Indiana in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament
on March 2 in Roberts Stadium. Times and pairings will be announced
If Quincy defeats
visiting Missouri-Rolla on Saturday, and Southern Indiana loses
at Drury, NKU will meet Quincy. If Missouri-Rolla, however, defeats
Quincy and Southern Indiana loses at Drury, NKU will meet Missouri-Rolla.
If Southern Indiana upsets Drury, NKU will meet the Eagles in the
BASKET FROM 1,000: NKU senior guard Karyn Creager enters
Saturday with 998 career points. Her next basket or two free throws
will make her the 23rd player in Norse history to reach the 1,000-point
plateau. Creager is a native of Leipsic, Ohio.
ON THE OFFENSIVE: NKU junior center Angela Healy scored
20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Saint Joseph’s.
Healy averages 10.9 points and a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game.
She is also shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 85.1 percent
from the free-throw line.
TIME: NKU sophomore post player Cassie Brannen ranks No.
3 in the GLVC in blocked shots with 55, good for 2.20 bpg. Brannen
also leads the GLVC in field-goal percentage (.595) and averages
STEALS THE SHOW: NKU senior forward Brittany Winner leads
NKU with 32 steals, and she is also the Norse’s top scorer
at 11.8 ppg. A native of Minster, Ohio, Winner enters Saturday with
909 points during her college career. She also averages 4.5 rebounds
and 2.8 assists per contest.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On Jan. 25 in Regents Hall,
Indianapolis owned a 38-28 lead in the second half, was battering
NKU on the boards and looked to be in control. That, however, is
when Brittany Winner took over. And by the time she was finished,
NKU had an important GLVC East Division victory.
17 of her 21 points in the second half as NKU rallied for a 62-54
victory over Indianapolis. She finished 8-for-11 from the field
and grabbed six rebounds.
Keyed by Winner,
NKU used a 21-2 run to take a 49-40 advantage with 9:41 left. She
began the spurt by making a pair of free throws, and Karyn Creager
followed by a conventional three-point play.
employing a 3-2 zone defense, Winner capped the big run by draining
back-to-back 3-pointers to give NKU a 49-40 lead. Those shots also
sapped the energy out of Indianapolis.
with 13 points for NKU. Angela Healy added 10 points, seven rebounds
and three steals. Katie Butler added eight points off the bench
for the Norse, who shot 48 percent from the field.