Winner drives against Kentucky
Anderson, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team begins
the regular season Tuesday night at 7 p.m. by playing host to Midway
(Ky.) in Regents Hall.
NKU will also
be in action at 1 p.m. next Saturday, when Wayne (Mich.) State visits
Regents Hall for an important regional contest. Both games can be
heard live on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
all five starters from last year’s squad that posted a 27-5
overall record and a 16-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference mark. The
Norse welcome back 11 letterwinners who helped capture the GLVC
Tournament championship with a victory over Drury.
NKU, which is
ranked 15th nationally in the Division II poll, features five seniors,
including All-America forward Karmen Graham and GLVC Tournament
most valuable player Brittany Winner. The Norse are favored to win
the GLVC East Division, according to the preseason coaches' poll.
GOES FOR 500 AT NKU: Norse head coach Nancy Winstel can
record her 500th career victory at NKU on Tuesday night. Winstel
is currently 499-168 entering her 24th season on the Norse sideline.
Winstel began her coaching career at Midway, where she led the Eagles
to a 39-41 record in three seasons. This marks the first meeting
between NKU and Midway in women's basketball.
up her 500th collegiate coaching win with a 57-51 victory at Northwood
(Mich.) on Dec. 31, 2004. She currently ranks fifth all-time in
wins among active coaches in the NCAA Division II.
UP FOR THE SEASON: NKU lost exhibition games to NCAA Division
I opponents Kentucky (77-60) and Indiana (74-61) during the preseason.
Kentucky was ranked 16th nationally in the Division I poll, and
the Wildcats rallied to defeat the Norse.
Creager scored 11 points at UK
led NKU with 11 points against Kentucky, and Katie Butler added
10 points off the bench. Brittany Winner added eight points, six
rebounds and four assists, while teammate Keri Finnell netted seven
points off the bench.
NKU won the rebounding battle against the taller Wildcats by a 30-28
In their last
exhibition at Indiana, sophomore post player Cassie Brannen led
NKU with 12 points off the bench, and senior forward Katie Butler
tossed in 11 points in a reserve role. Junior center Angela Healy
scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for NKU,
which won the rebounding battle by a 42-41 margin and shot 27-for-34
from the free-throw line.
ON THE BOARDS: The Norse did the job rebounding the basketball
in exhibition play. In their two games against Division I competition,
the Norse held a +1.5 rebounding margin, and outrebounded their
opponents in both games. In those two games, 31.9 percent of their
rebounds came off the offensive glass, compared to last season’s
average of 25.2 percent.
FORM: Norse junior center Angela Healy averaged 7.5 rebounds
during the past two exhibition contests, including an 11-rebound
performance against Indiana on Nov. 6.
BUTLER DID IT: Senior forward Katie Butler came off the
bench to average 10.5 points in NKU’s two exhibition contests.
Butler was the only Norse player to average double-figures in those
two preseason games, and she did the job on 8-of-15 shooting, including
40 percent from 3-point range.
Butler averaged 5.4 ppg and was 24-for-48 from 3-point range. Butler,
who transferred to NKU from the University of Dayton before last
season, is from Findlay, Ohio.
NKU senior forward Karmen Graham averaged 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds
per game last season. She needs 92 points to become the 22nd NKU
women’s basketball player to join the 1,000-point club. Graham
is from Kettering, Ohio.
OMEN: NKU's senior class holds a 2-1 record in regular-season
openers, with wins over Nova Southeastern in 2003-04 and Wilberforce
MIDWAY: The Eagles are 2-4 after suffering a 66-26 loss
to Brescia on Nov. 14. Midway scored just 10 points in the second
half of that game and finished 9-for-44 from the field. Forward
Ashley Parker averages 12.4 points and 11.2 rebounds for Midway.
Desiree Haney is averaging 11.6 points.