Graham is the newest member of NKU’s 1,000-point club.
She is the 22nd Norse women’s basketball player to score
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University hits the road this week for a
pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference games, starting with an East
Division clash against Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
NKU wraps up
the road trip Saturday with a game at Southern Indiana at 2 p.m.
Both games can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet
NKU enters the
road trip with a 9-5 record after sweeping home games against GLVC
foes Missouri-Rolla and Missouri-St. Louis last week. The Norse
are 3-4 in the GLVC but are 0-3 against East Division teams.
NKU has dropped
games to Bellarmine, Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis in the East. Each
of those losses were on the road.
is one of the most improved teams in the nation this season with
a 12-3 overall record. The Panthers are 5-2 in the GLVC.
SPEAKING: NKU’s defense is second in the conference
in scoring defense, allowing just 60.6 points per game. NKU also
leads the GLVC in blocks, averaging 5.5 rejections per game.
OFFENSE: The Norse remain practically automatic from all
parts of the floor. NKU is hitting 79.0 percent of its free throws
and 39.5 percent from 3-point range, both good for No. 1 in the
GLVC. Overall, the Norse are shooting 47.8 percent from the field,
landing them second in the GLVC.
THE CLUB: Senior Karmen Graham became the 22nd member of
the NKU 1,000-point club last week. Graham, from Kettering, Ohio,
needs 33 points to pass Janet Brungs for 21st all-time among NKU
THE ROCK: The Norse lead the GLVC with 17.2 assists per
game. Last weekend, the Norse had 34 assists on their 43 field goals
and maintained a 1.17 assist-to-turnover ratio.
RESERVE: NKU’s Katie Butler has emerged as the best
reserve in the GLVC, and the senior forward poured in an NKU career-high
20 points against Missouri-Rolla last week. She shot 5-of-9 from
the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. Butler added eight
rebounds and three blocked shots in the victory.
For the season,
Butler averages 10.6 ppg and is shooting 52.8 percent from the field.
She is also second on the team with 17 blocked shots.
Butler, drawing a foul against Missouri-St. Louis, averages
10.6 points per game and is shooting 52.8 percent from the
TO THE NORSE: NKU’s scoring attack features four
players in double figures and three others who average at least
6.8 ppg. Angela Healy is the Norse’s leading scorer at 11.6
ppg. The junior post player also tops the team in rebounding at
KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: The Panthers are led by Latoshia Lawrence,
who averages 13.9 points on the season. Laura McClintic, the Panthers'
leading rebounder, is pulling 7.8 boards per contest, ranking her
second in the GLVC. Seven players average at least 8.0 points per
game for the Panthers.
is coming off an impressive 95-78 win at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.
In that game, the Panthers used 14-for-30 shooting from 3-point
range to roll past SIUE.
LAST TIME AGAINST KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: On Feb. 18, 2006,
Brittany Winner’s short jumper with 5.6 seconds remaining
in the game lifted NKU to a 62-60 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan
in the Owensboro Sportscenter.
Espenlaub made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left to tie
the game at 60-all, NKU brought the ball up the floor to set up
a final play. Winner drove the lane and hit a running jumper to
give the Norse a 62-60 lead with 5.6 seconds remaining.
After two timeouts,
Kentucky Wesleyan’s Megan Fletcher attempted a 3-pointer that
missed the mark at the buzzer, and NKU survived the upset bid.
scored 17 points to lead NKU. Angela Healy added 15 points and eight
rebounds for the Norse. Kentucky Wesleyan’s last victory in
the series came on Nov. 26, 2004, a 63-48 decision at Owensboro,
LAST TIME AGAINST SOUTHERN INDIANA: On Jan. 7, 2006, NKU
limited Southern Indiana to just eight points during the first 10
minutes of the second half and rolled to a 62-43 victory in Regents
Hall. The Norse defense allowed the Screaming Eagles to shoot only
25 percent from the field in the second half and turned a close
game into a rout. Angela Healy led NKU with 12 points and three
blocked shots. She also grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals
as the Norse led by as many as 23 points in the second half. Karmen
Graham and Nicole Chiodi each scored 10 points in the victory. Katie
Thiesenhausen led Southern Indiana with 18 points.