Brackman launches a jumper
Ky. - When six players score in double figures for a college basketball
team, a victory usually follows. That was certainly the case Saturday
afternoon for Northern Kentucky University, which dominated the
Regents Hall court en route to a 97-56 win over Wayne (Mich.) State.
scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead
NKU (2-0). The sophomore post player was 7-for-8 from the field
and made all six of her attempts from the free-throw line.
Five other NKU
players - Angela Healy (13 points), Keri Finnell (12), Karen Brackman
(11), Katie Butler (11) and Betsey Clark (10) - also scored in double
figures. Healy also pulled down nine rebounds and had four assists.
some real quality players. Cassie had 20 and then Brackie is just
so athletic," NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. "Betsey
has played every position for us, and she did a great job today.
And Keri Finnell, I thought she played very well. She had a couple
turnovers, but other than that I thought she played a very good
The Norse shot
55.4 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 42-31
margin. NKU built a 41-16 halftime lead by holding Wayne State (1-3)
to 23.1 percent shooting from the field and cruised to its second
consecutive lopsided victory to open the season.
Brannen, a graduate
of Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati, netted 12 points
and hauled down eight rebounds before halftime. Butler recorded
a game-high three steals and grabbed seven rebounds.
Clark, a senior
guard and a McNicholas High School graduate, added four assists,
three rebounds and two steals to her 10 points. Brittany Winner
dished out a game-high five assists, scored seven points and grabbed
four rebounds against the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
sophomore guard from Minster, Ohio, shot 4-for-6 from the field
and added two assists in 17 minutes of action. Finnell, a sophomore
and a graduate of Purcell Marian High School, was 3-for-4 from the
field and also dished out two assists.
Finnell scores a second-half basket
is ready and they can contribute, so that’s a big advantage,"
Finnell said of the NKU bench, which produced 44 points and nine
rebounds Saturday. "A lot of teams don’t have a bench
that can contribute like ours. I think we played a good game, even
though we struggled some with our turnovers. But that’s out
of the normal, so we should be fine by the next game."
NKU turned the
ball over 16 times, compared to 24 by Wayne State. The Norse were
30-for-40 from the charity stripe and 5-for-14 from 3-point range.
we played very well in spots, and I thought we were a little sloppy
at times, too," said Winstel, who notched her 501st NKU victory.
"We got off to quite a good lead, and I think our focus kind
of dropped a little bit. But, overall, I think we did a good job.
I thought we did quite a few good things.
able to play a lot of people, which is something I think that we’re
going to do anyway. I think that’s going to wear some teams
down. I think we’ll be ready to play against somebody that’s
tough, and Quincy’s tough. We’ll find out Thursday."
NKU will begin
Great Lakes Valley Conference play Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when Quincy
visits Regents Hall. The Norse also play host to Southern Illinois
at Edwardsville at 1 p.m. Saturday.
NKU played without
senior forward Karmen Graham, who is nursing a sore knee and is
listed as day-to-day. Graham was the Norse's leading scorer and
rebounder last season.
really missed her," Winstel said of Graham. "We haven’t
really been pressed in these first two games. I made a decision
in this game to really not play Betsey and Brittany too much. We
got a lot of minutes for Katie Butler.
going to need Karmen. The energy, the enthusiasm, the passion and
the leadership that Karmen brings to our team cannot be minimized."