Brannen was named GLVC Player of the Week on Monday after
leading NKU to a road sweep of Drury and Rockhurst.
Ky. - Both teams are on a roll, both own long winning streaks and
both programs are seeking berths in the upcoming NCAA Division II
Tournament in March.
5:30 p.m., Lewis - winners of 13 consecutive games and the No. 1
team in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll - invades Regents
Hall to face a Northern Kentucky University squad that has won eight
Lewis is 19-2
overall, 12-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Flyers are
atop the GLVC East Division. NKU is 15-5 overall, 9-4 in the GLVC.
The Norse are in second place in the GLVC East standings.
home after a 2-0 road trip in which the Norse became the first GLVC
team in history to defeat Drury (52-49) in Weiser Gym at Springfield,
Mo. NKU also posted a 93-41 win at Rockhurst on Saturday.
EARNS HONOR: Cassie Brannen was named GLVC Player of the
Week on Monday for leading her team to a sweep of the road games
at Drury and Rockhurst.
Brannen, a graduate
of Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati, averaged 11.5 points
and 7.0 rebounds in the two victories. She began the week by scoring
11 points and blocking four shots as NKU posted a 52-49 victory
grabbed seven rebounds in that game as NKU became the first GLVC
team to knock off Drury in Weiser Gym. Brannen used 5-for-9 shooting
from the field to key the Norse's victory.
the 6-foot-1 sophomore netted 12 points in just 20 minutes of action
as NKU extended its winning streak to eight with a 93-41 victory
at Rockhurst. Brannen also finished with seven rebounds and three
For the week,
Brannen shot 60 percent from the field and led an NKU defense that
limited its two opponents to an average of 45.0 points per game.
The Norse held Rockhurst to just 25.9 percent shooting from the
field on Saturday.
TROUBLE: Angela Healy recorded a double-double against
Rockhurst, netting 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Healy had
24 points and 16 rebounds against Saint Rose on Dec. 28 for her
other double-double this season.
Creager enters Thursday with 952 career points. She averages
10.4 ppg this season.
Healy has scored
in double-digits and pulled down nine rebounds six times this season.
The junior center continues to lead the Norse in scoring (11.0 ppg)
and rebounds (7.2 rpg).
TOP 20: Karmen Graham now stands 20th all-time among NKU
women's basketball scorers with 1,050 career points. She needs 15
points to surpass Angel Donley to become NKU's 19th all-time leading
GANG’S ALL HERE: Saturday's game against Rockhurst
marked the first time this season that all 12 NKU players dented
the scoring column. In the season opener against Midway, 11 of the
12 players scored in a 98-42 victory, with Karmen Graham missing
the game due to injury.
FROM AVERAGE: The Norse are a perfect 11-0 when holding
their opponents below their defensive average of 57.8 points. NKU
has held its opponent below this average in each of its eight wins
during the eight-game winning streak.
NEARS 1,000: NKU senior guard Karyn Creager enters Thursday
with 952 career points. She averages 10.4 ppg and is shooting 88.9
percent from the free-throw line.
IN ON 900: NKU senior forward Brittany Winner, who played
at Elon (N.C.) as a freshman, enters Thursday with 832 points in
her collegiate career. The Minster, Ohio, native averages 10.9 ppg
this season and leads NKU with 27 steals.
LEWIS: The Flyers are led by the top offensive 1-2 punch
in the GLVC in seniors Mary Moskal and Darcee Schmidt. Schmidt leads
the GLVC with 22.0 points and 7.2 rebounds on the year, while Moskal
is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Lewis has done
the job on two fronts, protecting the ball with a GLVC-best 1.20
assist-turnover ratio, and playing strong defense as the Flyers
hold teams to a league-low 36.2 percent shooting from the field.
NKU holds a
37-6 lead in the all-time series against Lewis.
Winner averages 10.9 ppg and leads NKU with 27 steals. She
also has 832 points during her collegiate career with Elon
(N.C.) and NKU.
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: Earlier this season on Jan. 6
at Romeoville, Ill., Schmidt and Moskal combined for 55 points and
16 rebounds in a 75-64 win over NKU. Schmidt gunned in 32 points
on 13-of-22 shooting from the field, and she added eight rebounds.
Moskal, last season's GLVC Player of the Year, finished with 23
points and eight rebounds.
Lewis shot 55.6
percent from the field in the first half to take a 43-33 lead at
the break. The Flyers held a 12-point advantage midway through the
second half, but NKU used a 14-4 run to pull within 59-57 with 8:31
remaining in the game.
to the NKU run. Schmidt made two free throws to extend Lewis' lead
to 61-57, and Jennifer Green followed with a 3-point field goal
to give the Flyers a 64-57 advantage. Karyn Creager and Angela Healy
each scored 13 points to lead NKU.
streak of made free throws ended at 34 straight when she missed
the second of two attempts at the line in the second half. As a
team, NKU was 18-for-26 at the line.
finished with 12 points. Katie Butler added 11 points and seven
rebounds off the bench for NKU. Brittany Winner dished out a team-leading
six assists for the Norse, and Cassie Brannen scored seven points
off the bench.
LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: On Jan. 4, Kari Score
and Mackenzie Heise combined for 38 points to lead Wisconsin-Parkside
to a 66-57 win over NKU at Kenosha, Wis. Score led Wisconsin-Parkside
with 20 points, and Heise added 12 of her 18 points in the second
half. Score finished 7-for-11 from the field, while Mackenzie was
Norse took a 29-27 halftime lead, but Wisconsin-Parkside countered
during the final 20 minutes by shooting 66.7 percent from the field
and 75 percent from 3-point range. Ashley Ferguson finished with
12 points as the Rangers knocked off NKU for the third straight
year in DeSimone Gymnasium.
added 15 points and eight rebounds for NKU, while teammate Brittany
Winner scored 10 points, dished out four assists and had two steals.
The Norse made just 34.8 percent of their shots from the field in
the second half and finished at 40 percent for the game.