Brannen blocked a school-record 12 shots Saturday as NKU rallied
for a 58-53 win at Indianapolis.
- Cassie Brannen is getting really good at this rejecting routine.
So good, in fact, that the Northern Kentucky University sophomore
blocked a school-record 12 shots Saturday night during a 58-53 win
rejections easily surpassed the previous record of seven blocks,
shared jointly by Kristin Polosky and Janet Brungs. The 6-foot-1
Brannen also added 12 points and seven rebounds as NKU wrapped up
its 20-win season by rallying from a 28-21 halftime deficit.
our energy level in the second half was day and night compared to
the first half," NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. "We
opened up the second half with a big run and took the lead. We picked
up our defense so much better in the second half, and we took command
of the game.
Brannen did a great job of defending Amanda Norris, and Brittany
Winner did a heck of a job in the second half of guarding Karla
Mast. Nicole Chiodi really played well, and Karmen Graham did a
great job for us and his some big shots."
24th nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, used a 9-0 run to
begin the second half to take a 30-28 lead. After Indianapolis battled
back to regain a 36-30 lead, NKU went on a 14-4 spurt to take control
of the game. Karyn Creager, who scored her 1,000th career point
Saturday, capped the run with a 3-pointer that gave NKU a 44-40
buried another 3-pointer to give NKU a 55-45 advantage, and the
Norse held on and improved to 20-6 overall, 14-5 in the Great Lakes
Valley Conference. Creager, a native of Leipsic, Ohio, became the
23rd member of NKU's 1,000-point club in the second half when she
drained a 3-pointer.
made some big shots in the second half, and it was great to see
her score her 1,000th point," Winstel said. "Every time
Indianapolis went to a zone, we scored. We did a good job of executing
the offense in the second half, and we were very aggressive."
14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots for NKU,
which finished with a school-record 15 blocks. The Norse held Indianapolis
(16-11, 9-10 GLVC) to 27.8 percent shooting from the field in the
time we played Indianapolis, Cassie didn't guard Norris. I started
thinking she might do a good job on her, so I decided to put Cassie
on her in this game," Winstel said. "I thought she might
create some problems for Norris, and she did a great job with the
blocks. I don't think I have ever seen a player block 12 shots in
NKU begins play
at the GLVC Tournament Friday at 2:30 p.m. (Central time) against
Missouri-Rolla. NKU is the No. 2 seed from the East Division, while
Missouri-Rolla - which defeated Quincy on the road Saturday - is
the No. 3 seed from the West Division. The GLVC Tournament will
be held in Roberts Stadium at Evansville, Ind.
survivor meets the Drury/Kentucky Wesleyan winner at 8:30 p.m. (Central
time) Saturday in the GLVC Tournament semifinals. NKU, ranked No.
3 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll, is the
defending GLVC Tournament champion.