Angela Healy draws a foul during the first round of the GLVC
Tournament against Missouri-Rolla. Healy was named to the
GLVC All-Tournament team after averaging 18.0 ppg.
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University is the No. 2 seed in the women’s
basketball NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament, but the
Norse are facing a difficult test in the opening round against No.
7 seed Ferris State.
Those two teams
will square off Friday at 2:30 p.m. (Central time) at Romeoville,
Ill. NKU enters the NCAA Tournament with a 21-7 record, while Ferris
State is 21-8.
has beaten NKU two straight times, including a 67-54 win over the
Norse on Dec. 30, 2004 at Midland, Mich. During the 2001-02 season,
Ferris State held off NKU, 70-65, at Big Rapids, Mich.
All NKU games
this weekend can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet
which captured its first Great Lakes Valley Conference title since
1985 on Sunday, is the No. 1 seed. The Flyers will play No. 8 seed
Bellarmine (19-10) in the first round Friday at 6 p.m. Lewis is
undefeated (11-0) at home this season.
quarterfinal games match No. 6 seed Gannon (24-5), the Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, against defending
national champion and No. 3 seed Grand Valley State (21-7) at noon,
and No. 5 seed Southern Illinois at Edwardsville (20-8) and No.
4 seed Drury (22-8) at 8:30 p.m.
semifinals will match the Gannon/Grand Valley State and Ferris State/NKU
winners at 5 p.m., and the Bellarmine/Lewis and SIUE/Drury winners
at 7:30 p.m. The regional championship game is scheduled for Monday
at 7 p.m.
for the Great Lakes Regional may be purchased by calling Lewis Athletics
at (815) 836-5247 or by visiting the Lewis athletics office, located
adjacent to Neil Carey Arena.
WINNER: NKU’s Brittany Winner has earned All-Great
Lakes Region honors from Daktronics, Inc. Winner, a senior from
Minster, Ohio, was voted to the All-Great Lakes Region second team.
The 5-foot-10 forward averages a team-leading 11.5 points per game.
NKU in steals (34) and 3-pointers made (39), and she is shooting
47 percent from 3-point range. One of the Great Lakes Valley Conference's
top clutch performers in late-game situations, Winner has consistently
hit dramatic shots for NKU the past two seasons. Last week, Winner
was named All-GLVC first team by the league coaches.
Going into the
NCAA Division II Tournament, Winner has scored 936 career points
during her college career, which began at Elon (N.C.).
Winner drives baseline against Missouri-Rolla in last week’s
GLVC Tournament at Evansville, Ind. Winner was named All-Great
Lakes Region after leading NKU in scoring (11.5 ppg).
EARNS GLVC HONOR: NKU junior center Angela Healy was named
to the GLVC All-Tournament team last week at Evansville, Ind. Healy
averaged 18.0 ppg and 5.5 rebounds in two games at the GLVC Tournament.
For the season,
Healy averages 11.3 ppg and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds per contest.
AGAINST THE GREAT LAKES REGION FIELD: NKU is 3-5 against
the regional field this season. The Norse are 1-1 against Drury,
1-1 against Lewis, 0-1 against Grand Valley State, 1-1 against Bellarmine
and 0-1 against Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.
NCAA HISTORY: NKU owns a 20-15 all-time record in the NCAA
Tournament, and the Norse captured the 2000 NCAA Division II national
championship at Pine Bluff, Ark., with a 71-62 overtime victory
against North Dakota State.
Four years ago,
NKU defeated Grand Valley State, Indianapolis and Quincy to win
the Great Lakes Region title at Indianapolis, Ind. The Norse also
posted wins against Washburn (Kan.) and California (Pa.) at St.
Joseph, Mo., before falling to South Dakota State in the national
This marks the
eighth time in the last nine years NKU has earned a berth in the
LAST TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: A year ago, NKU defeated
Michigan Tech, 67-66, in the first round of the NCAA Division II
Great Lakes Regional at Springfield, Mo. The Norse were eliminated
by eventual national champion Grand Valley State in the regional
LAST TIME AGAINST FERRIS STATE: On Dec. 30, 2004, at Midland,
Mich., Ferris State denied Nancy Winstel her 500th coaching win
by posting a 67-54 victory over NKU in the Great Lakes Valley Conference/Great
Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Classic at the Bennett
Sports Center. The Norse committed 24 turnovers and shot just 32.7
percent from the field.
scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to lead
Ferris State, which improved to 3-7. The Bulldogs built a 41-31
lead with 14:31 remaining in the game, but NKU rallied with a 9-0
run to pull within 41-40 on a layup by Connie Myers.
responded with an 11-3 run to extend its lead to 52-43 with 7:10
left in the game. Reinhart capped that spurt by making a basket
while being fouled and converting the free throw for a 52-4 advantage.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 14 points late in the game and defeated
NKU for the second straight time. In the previous meeting between
the two schools on Dec. 29, 2001, Ferris State held off NKU, 70-65.
the all-time series with Ferris State, 4-2.
STATE INSIDE FORCE: Ferris State features 6-1 junior post
player Rachel Folcik, who was voted to the All-Great Lakes Region
first team after averaging 19.1 ppg and 8.2 rebounds per contest.
Folcik is also shooting 56.6 percent from the field and was recently
featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd”
section. Senior guard Kristin Reinhart averages 15.2 ppg, and senior
guard Erin Miller is scoring 11.1 ppg.
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