Creager hopes to write another chapter in the NKU record book
for free-throw shooting this week. The senior guard enters
Thursday having made 26 consecutive free throws, one shy of
tying her own school record set two years ago.
Ky. - A trip to DeSimone Gymnasium has not been a pleasant experience
for the Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team the
past two years while visiting Kenosha, Wis., and the Norse resume
Great Lakes Valley Conference play in that same venue Thursday against
Wisconsin-Parkside at 6:30 p.m.
Two years ago,
NKU suffered a 76-56 loss to Wisconsin-Parkside in DeSimone Gymnasium.
Last season, the visiting Norse saw their 16-game winning streak
halted by the Rangers during a shocking 70-62 loss.
NKU enters Thursday's
game with a 7-3 overall record. The Norse are 1-2 in the GLVC and
ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.
NKU will conclude
the two-game GLVC road trip Saturday with a showdown at Lewis in
Romeoville, Ill. Lewis is coming off a win over defending NCAA Division
II national champion Grand Valley State, and the Flyers own a 10-2
record. Lewis leads the GLVC East with a 3-1 mark.
Both games can
be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
FOR THE RECORD: NKU senior guard Karyn Creager can tie
her own school record by making her next free throw. Creager has
made 26 consecutive free throws going into Thursday's game. Two
years ago, the Leipsic, Ohio, native hit 27 straight from the line
to set the NKU record.
Creager's streak of 27 consecutive made free throws came to a halt
during a 76-56 loss to Wisconsin-Parkside in DeSimone Gymnasium
on Feb. 17, 2005. Creager’s school-record streak ended at
27 when she missed the second of two free throws with 6:11
left in that game.
NEARS 1,000 POINTS: NKU senior post player Karmen Graham
needs 18 points to join the Norse's 1,000-point club. Graham scored
a team-leading 17 points in just 18 minutes of action as the Norse
cruised past Mercyhurst last Friday at the Florida Southern Holiday
SCORING: As a team, the Norse have four players averaging
in double figures, led by Angela Healy's 11.8 points per game. Brittany
Winner averages 11.4 ppg, Karyn Creager 10.3 ppg, while Katie Butler
is averaging 10.0 points off the bench.
NORSE: NKU leads the GLVC in field-goal shooting (50.5
percent) and 3-point shooting (40.2 percent). The Norse are second
in free-throw shooting (78.3 percent). Katie Butler (57.1 percent)
and Angela Healy (55.3 percent) stand atop the conference individually
in field-goal percentage. Butler also leads the conference in 3-point
shooting at a 54.5 percent clip. The Norse also lead the GLVC in
scoring offense (77.0 points).
Butler leads the GLVC in 3-point shooting at 54.5 percent,
and she is scoring 10.0 ppg off the bench for NKU. The senior
forward from Findlay, Ohio, also ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in
field-goal percentage at .571.
PARTY: As a team, NKU continues to lead the GLVC in blocked
shots with 57 rejections in 10 games. The Norse average almost two
more blocks per game than Southern Indiana, which is No. 2 in the
GLVC while blocking an average of four shots per game. Cassie Brannen
is NKU's leader with 18 blocked shots, while Katie Butler has rejected
WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: The Rangers are 9-3 overall, 2-2 in
the GLVC. Wisconsin-Parkside, however, owns an impressive 61-52
road win at Quincy and narrowly lost at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.
are led in scoring by Ashley Ferguson, who is pouring in 18.2 points
per game. Transfer Kari Score averages 12.2 ppg and 6.8 rebounds
LAST TIME AGAINST THE RANGERS: On Feb. 26, 2006, Wisconsin-Parkside
pulled off a shocker with a 70-62 win over NKU in the DeSimone Gymnasium.
The Rangers, who entered the game hoping to avoid a 20-loss season,
improved to 7-19 overall. In the process, Wisconsin-Parkside ended
NKU’s winning streak at 16 games and knocked off the Norse
for the second straight year at the DeSimone Gymnasium. NKU entered
the game ranked 20th nationally.
scored 27 points to lead Wisconsin-Parkside to the upset. She was
8-for-16 from the field, dished out two assists and had two steals
in 40 minutes of action. Schieve also used 9-for-10 shooting from
the free-throw line to key the win. The Rangers employed a 2-3 zone
defense against NKU for much of the game, but the Norse were just
2-for-12 from 3-point range.
19 turnovers and allowed Wisconsin-Parkside to shoot 52.2 percent
from the field in the second half. It marked the Norse’s first
loss since Dec. 20, when Hillsdale (Mich.) posted a 58-52 win at
scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead NKU. Brittany
Winner added 13 points for the Norse, who shot 51.1 percent from
the field. Nicole Chiodi scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds,
while teammate Cassie Brannen came off the bench and added 11 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: On Feb. 25, 2006, Katie Butler
celebrated her 21st birthday by giving her NKU teammates a lesson
in long-range shooting during the Norse’s game against Lewis.
With NKU trailing 22-17, Butler came off the bench and made two
3-point shots to ignite a 16-2 run that gave the Norse a 33-24 lead.
She finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals as NKU
coasted to a 75-65 win over Lewis in the Neil Carey Arena.
scored eight points in the first half, also added two assists in
21 minutes of action. She finished 3-for-6 from 3-point range. Karmen
Graham and Brittany Winner combined for 34 points and nine assists
to lead the Norse offensive attack. Graham scored 18 points and
had three assists for NKU. Winner added 16 points and six assists.