Graham attempts a jumper
Anderson, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team begins its exhibition schedule next Wednesday night with a
7 p.m. contest against the University of Kentucky in Memorial Coliseum.
It will be the
first of two exhibition games against Division I opponents for NKU.
The Norse will also travel to Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 6 to meet
Indiana in Assembly Hall.
games will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://athletics.nku.edu.
The Norse return
11 players from last year’s 27-5 squad, including all five
starters. NKU features five seniors, including All-America forward
Karmen Graham and Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament most
valuable player Brittany Winner.
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.
was the most recent entry in 2005, finishing her career 13th all-time
at NKU with 1,290 points.
If Graham maintains
her career average of 10.8 points per game, she will join the 1,000-point
club on Dec. 28 against the College of St. Rose (N.Y.) during NKU's
trip to Lakeland, Fla.
MILESTONE FOR WINSTEL: Reigning GLVC Coach of the Year
Nancy Winstel is one regular-season win away from recording her
500th victory at NKU. Winstel owns a record of 499-168 in Highland
Heights and is 538-209 overall.
the 500 career-win plateau on Dec. 31, 2004, with a 59-55 win over
Northwood (Mich.) on her way to a current 538 wins as a coach. She
ranks fifth in wins among active coaches in the NCAA Division II.
FAVORITES: NKU is the favorite to win the GLVC East Division
in 2006-07. NKU garnered six of the seven first-place votes.
DELUXE: Senior guard Karyn Creager earned honorable mention
All-GLVC accolades last season after averaging 9.1 points and 2.2
rebounds. Creager shot a team-leading 86.4 percent from the free-throw
line and made 35.9 percent of her 3-point attempts. She was also
the only player last season to start all 32 games. Two years ago,
Creager made a school-record 27 consecutive free throws.
Winner is a clutch performer
PERFORMER: Brittany Winner finished last season averaging
9.7 points, 5.1 rebounds while playing a team-leading 30.3 minutes
of action per game. She also led the team in with 42 steals.
Winner poured in a career-high 30 points against Drury to lead NKU
in the GLVC Tournament championship game. One of the more versatile
players in the GLVC, Winner can handle the ball against pressure,
shoot from the perimeter and rebound.
POINT: Nicole Chiodi, a 6-foot junior guard, will run the
point for the second straight year. Last season, Chiodi started
31 times, dished out a team-leading 112 assists and collected 39
steals. She averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
POST: Junior center Angela Healy, a 6-1 graduate of Highlands
High School, will start her third season in the middle. She averaged
8.8 points per game and 5.2 rebounds while collecting a team-leading
35 blocks and 39 steals in 31 games.
in the post will be Cassie Brannen, a 6-1 sophomore from Cincinnati.
Last season, Brannen averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
She also shot 57.5 percent from the field and added 26 blocks.
NKU seeks to become the second straight team to win back-to-back
GLVC women’s basketball titles. Quincy took the crown in 2004
and '05. Three
schools have gone back-to-back in the GLVC in the past 10 seasons:
Southern Indiana in 1997 and '98, NKU in 1999 and 2000, and Quincy
in '04 and '05.
UK: The Wildcats hold a 10-4 edge over the Norse in the
all-time series. The last time the teams met was in 1990, a 97-79
returns all five starters from last season, including 6-6 junior
Sarah Elliot, who averaged 11.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 2005-06.
Eleia Roddy will miss the 2006-07 season due to a ligament tear
in her knee. As a freshman last season, she was the only non-starter
to average more than 20 minutes per game.
head coach Mickie DeMoss is in her fourth year on the bench after
18 years as the top assistant at Tennessee. In 2005-06 she led the
Wildcats to a 22-9 record, including their best SEC finish in school
Division II team to defeat UK was NKU, a 71-69 win on Feb. 3, 1979.
LAST TIME AGAINST UK: On Nov. 26, 1990, UK jumped out to
an 18-point halftime lead and cruised to a 97-79 victory over NKU
at Lexington, Ky. Six Wildcats were in double-figures on the night,
led by Trayce Davis with 15 points and six assists. Stacy McIntyre
and Jocelyn Mills each chipped in 14. Christie Jordan added seven
led the Norse with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Lori McClellan added
21 points while Amy Middleton had 11.
hold a 10-4 edge over the Norse in the all-time series. The Norse
are 1-7 in Memorial Coliseum, their only victory in Lexington coming
in 1977, an 89-83 decision over UK in Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate
ACTION BEGINS NOV. 21: The Norse will begin their regular
season at home on Nov. 21 against Midway (Ky.). Ironically enough,
Winstel began her coaching career at Midway, and she can earn her
500th victory on the NKU sideline against that very school in the
Nine days later,
NKU will open GLVC play against Quincy at 5:30 p.m. in Regents Hall.
Grand Valley State, the defending NCAA Division II national champion,
will participate in the Travel America Classic in Regents Hall and
will face NKU on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.