Healy drives against Saint Joseph’s last Saturday. Healy
averages 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The junior
center also has 50 assists this season.
Ky. - A long-awaited rematch between two of the top teams in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference takes place Thursday at 7 p.m. when
Northern Kentucky University visits Springfield, Mo., to play perennial
Both teams are
on a roll entering Thursday. NKU has won six straight games and
is 13-5 overall, 7-4 in the GLVC. Drury owns a five-game winning
streak and is 14-5 overall. The Lady Panthers are also in sole possession
of first place in the GLVC West Division with an 8-3 record.
The game is
a rematch of last season’s GLVC Tournament championship at
Evansville, Ind. NKU prevailed by an 86-73 score in Roberts Stadium.
NKU will conclude
the road trip Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Rockhurst. Both games
can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) or on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
OPPONENTS BEWARE: The Drury women’s basketball program
has not lost in Weiser Gym to a GLVC opponent since joining the
league last season. The Lady Panthers are 14-0 all-time against
GLVC teams on their home floor in the regular season.
State did knock off Drury to capture the regional championship last
season in Weiser Gym. Drury finished 15-1 at home in 2005-06.
THEIR STRIDE: NKU is rolling after a weekend sweep of GLVC
East Division foes Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's. NKU vaulted
from fifth place to sharing second place with Bellarmine as a result
of the two wins.
IT INSIDE: Angela Healy continues to lead the charge offensively
for NKU, averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. She also stands
third on the team with 50 assists. The Ft. Thomas, Ky., native has
double-figures in her last four games.
RULES: NKU is second in the GLVC in scoring defense, allowing
just 59.3 points to its rivals. This defensive dominance is keyed
off its league-leading 104 blocked shots. NKU is the only team in
the GLVC to boast three players with 10 or more blocks.
stands third in the GLVC with 32 blocked shots. She has recorded
at least one block in her last five games.
Butler averages 9.6 points per game off the bench for NKU.
She ranks No. 2 on the team with 21 blocked shots.
BEST: NKU ranks No. 1 nationally in the latest NCAA Division
II statistics in field-goal percentage at 47.8 percent. The Norse
also lead the GLVC in free-throw percentage (79.1 percent), good
for second in the nation behind Philadelphia (Pa.).
THE CHARTS: Senior post player Karmen Graham, NKU's most
recent 1,000-point club member, continues to climb the ladder among
Norse scoring greats. Graham enters the weekend with 1,031 career
points and needs 11 to pass Janet Brungs for 21st place all-time
among NKU scorers.
DRURY: Molly Carter leads the offense for the Lady Panthers,
averaging 16.3 points on the year. As a team, Drury is averaging
nearly 12.5 steals per game. The Lady Panthers also lead the GLVC
in turnover margin, taking away 5.5 more balls than they give away.
LAST TIME AGAINST DRURY: On March 5, 2006, Brittany Winner
poured in a career-high 30 points as NKU defeated Drury, 86-73,
in the GLVC Tournament championship game at Evansville, Ind. Winner
shot 10-for-13 from the field and made all nine of her free throws
as NKU won its first GLVC title since 2000.
grabbed seven rebounds, handled the ball flawlessly against the
Drury pressure and was named the most outstanding player of the
tournament as the Norse earned the GLVC’s automatic berth
in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
and Karyn Creager each added 15 points for NKU. Nicole Chiodi scored
12 points and made a key 3-pointer late in the second half.
LAST TIME AGAINST ROCKHURST: On Dec. 1, 2005, Cassie Brannen
registered her first career double-double as the Norse rallied to
defeat Rockhurst 70-57, in Regents Hall. Brannen came off the bench
for 14 points and 13 rebounds to go with four steals.
had 12 points while Nicole Chiodi netted 10 in the victory. Julie
Cook and Alisha Cade each scored 12 to lead Rockhurst in its first-ever
GLVC contest after leaving the Heartland Conference.