Graham enters Thursday’s game with 998 career points
at NKU. The senior from Kettering, Ohio, will become the 22nd
member of NKU’s 1,000-point club with her next basket.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team returns
home Thursday for a Great Lakes Valley Conference game against Missouri-Rolla
at 5:30 p.m.
NKU will also
play host to Missouri-St. Louis at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Norse (7-5
overall) suffered a pair of GLVC losses on the road last week and
are 1-4 in conference play.
game will be televised live on ICN-6. Both games can be heard live
on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
IS WORTH A 1,000 POINTS: Karmen Graham enters Thursday's
game with 998 career points. The senior post player from Kettering,
Ohio, needs just one field goal to become the 22nd member of NKU’s
FREE-THROW QUEEN: Karyn Creager had her streak of consecutive
free throws made snapped at 34 straight against Lewis on Saturday.
The senior shattered her own school record of 27 consecutive makes
from the line, set during her sophomore season. Creager enters Thursday
with 876 career points.
Creager is the
team's most accurate free-throw shooter at 89.4 percent
(42-of-47), and second in the GLVC. Angela Healy is right behind
her at 88.1 percent (37-for-42), good for third in the conference.
Graham, at 86.1 percent, stands seventh in the league. As a team,
Norse lead the GLVC with a 79.4 percent accuracy from the charity
BOARDS: Angela Healy continues to lead NKU in scoring at
12.2 points and rebounding at 6.9 boards per contest. Healy has
pulled down nine or more rebounds in five different games this season.
WINNER: Brittany Winner, who had her streak of nine straight
double-figure scoring performances broken last Saturday, averages
10.8 ppg and a team-leading 43 assists. The Minster, Ohio, native
also leads NKU with 16 steals.
STREAK: NKU's current four-game conference losing streak
is its longest since becoming a member of the GLVC in 1985.
MISSOURI-ROLLA: The Lady Miners are 8-5 overall, 2-4 in
the GLVC. Tamara McCaskill leads the team in scoring at 15.1 ppg.
Nicole Dierking is scoring 13.7 ppg and averages 7.2 rebounds.
LAST TIME AGAINST MISSOURI-ROLLA: On Jan. 14, 2006, Karmen
Graham’s inside scoring and NKU’s stingy defense produced
a 62-50 win at Missouri-Rolla.
14 of her 19 points in the first half as NKU built a nine-point
lead at the break. She also came through with a clutch three-point
play in the second half as the Norse held off a late rally by Missouri-Rolla.
Creager eclipsed her own school record by making 34 consecutive
free throws this season. The senior guard also has 876 career
points entering Thursday night’s game with Missouri-Rolla.
nine rebounds and made all nine of her free-throw attempts. Brittany
Winner and Angela Healy each scored 11 points.
rallied from an early seven-point deficit to pull even at 15-all
on two free throws by Nicole Dierking. NKU, however, closed the
first half with a 14-5 run to take a 29-20 advantage at intermission.
The Norse extended
their lead to 11 points early in the second half, but Missouri-Rolla
battled back and pulled to within 40-37 with 9:12 left in the game
on a basket by Jaime Forsberg. Healy and Katie Butler answered for
NKU with baskets - both assisted by Karen Brackman - on the next
two possessions to extend the Norse lead to 44-37.
LAST TIME AGAINST MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS DURING THE REGULAR SEASON:
On Jan. 12, 2006, Karmen Graham scored 23 points and made four free
throws in the final 36 seconds of the game as NKU rallied for a
66-57 win over Missouri-St. Louis in the Mark Twain Building.
Louis held a 52-50 lead with 2:05 left in the game after Jennifer
Martin’s inside basket, but Katie Butler countered by draining
a 3-pointer to give NKU a 53-52 advantage with 1:50 remaining. Graham
was fouled trying to get position as Butler’s 3-pointer was
launched, and she added two free throws to extend the Norse lead
NKU a 58-52 lead with a minute left on the clock when she hit her
second 3-pointer of the game. The Norse sealed the victory by making
eight free throws in the final 46 seconds, with Graham converting
four straight from the line.
NKU also met
Missouri-St. Louis in the first round of the GLVC Tournament on
March 2, and the Norse prevailed by a 72-62 score at Evansville,
Four NKU players
scored in double figures, led by Graham’s 20 points. Graham
was 12-for-13 at the free-throw line and added two steals.
NKU jumped out
to a 22-9 lead in the first half of the game as Karyn Creager scored
nine early points. Creager drained a pair of 3-point shots, and
she also added a conventional three-point play. NKU held the Riverwomen
to just 34.6 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
Graham took over in the second half and scored 16 points.
came off the bench and scored 12 points for the Norse, who held
Missouri-St. Louis to 35.8 percent shooting from the field. Butler
scored eight points in the first half as NKU built a 35-28 lead
at the break.
NKU upped its
lead in the all-time series with Missouri-St. Louis to 16-2.