Cassie Brannen leads the break
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team plays
host to Wayne (Mich.) State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall in
a key regional game.
NKU opened the
season Tuesday night with a 98-42 win over Midway (Ky.). The Norse
hit their first six shots from the floor, including four 3-pointers,
to open up a 20-4 lead. Karyn Creager started the onslaught by knocking
down a pair of 3-pointer to open the game, and Katie Butler capped
the Norse run by draining a trey from downtown.
on 11 of its first 12 shots from the floor and cruised to the easy
victory. Creager scored a game-high 18 points, and Butler added
14 points, blocked four shots and grabbed five rebounds off the
MILESTONE: Nancy Winstel became the first basketball coach
in NKU history to reach the 500-win plateau Tuesday night. Now in
her 24th season as NKU's head coach, Winstel is 500-168 on the Norse
sideline and 539-209 overall.
ATTACK: All 11 NKU players who saw action scored. Sophomore
guard Danyelle Echoles netted a career-high 11 points and dished
out five assists for the Norse, who finished with 26 assists as
Karen Brackman added eight points, six rebounds and three assists
for NKU, while sophomore post player Cassie Brannen blocked three
shots, grabbed seven rebounds and scored seven points. NKU collected
nine blocks and finished with a 42-26 advantage in rebounding. The
Norse made 87.5 percent of their free throws for the game and forced
Midway into 22 turnovers.
WAYNE STATE: The Warriors are 1-2 after rallying for a
63-55 win over Central State on Tuesday night at Detroit, Mich.
Chastidy Miller scored a game-high 25 points in the win over Central
State and leads Wayne State in scoring at 15.0 ppg. Wayne State
finished with a 58-33 rebounding edge against Central State, including
a whopping 23 offensive rebounds.
LAST TIME AGAINST WAYNE STATE: On Nov. 26, 2005, NKU cruised
to a 76-48 win over Wayne State at Detroit, Mich. The Warriors made
just 27.5 percent of their shots from the field against the NKU
defense, which recorded eight blocks.
scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Norse. Graham
also added three assists for NKU, which used 37-for-46 shooting
from the free-throw line to coast to the victory. Graham converted
11 free throws in 14 attempts.
made three 3-point shots and scored 14 points for the Norse. Creager
drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game
as NKU jumped out to a 12-4 lead. Katie Butler came off the bench
and scored six of NKU’s next eight points as the Norse extended
the lead to 20-6. Butler finished with 13 points for NKU, which
placed all 11 players in the scoring column.