Jessie Slack (21) looks to pass against Cincinnati on Nov.
1. Slack, a transfer from East Carolina, poured in a game-high
24 points and drained six 3-pointers. Cincinnati, however,
held on for a 69-67 win over the Norse.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team begins the season Thursday with a home game against in-state
foe Brescia at 7 p.m.
The game can
be heard live on the Internet at www.nkunorse.com.
NKU posted a
21-8 record last season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament
for the 10th time in 11 years. The Norse, who welcome back three
starters, are ranked 18th nationally in the WBCA’s NCAA Division
LOSSES: NKU must replace five seniors from last season.
Among the graduated Norse standouts are 1,000-point club members
Karmen Graham and Karyn Creager, a pair of four-year letterwinners.
NKU must also replace All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and All-Great
Lakes Region performer Brittany Winner, forward Katie Butler and
guard Betsey Clark.
FACES: Norse senior center Angela Healy averaged 11.3 points
and 6.9 rebounds per game last season, and the Highlands High School
product is the team’s top returning player. Healy, who enters
this season with 753 career points, was named to the All-GLVC second
team as a junior.
NKU also returns
senior point guard Nicole Chiodi (6.9 ppg, team-leading 98 assists)
and junior post player Cassie Brannen (9.0 ppg, school-record 71
blocked shots). Returning letterwinners Karen Brackman (3.0 ppg),
Danyelle Echoles (1.7 ppg) and Rachel Lantry (1.5 ppg) figure to
play key roles this season.
GIVES UC NO SLACK: NKU junior guard Jessie Slack was a
major contributor for East Carolina the past two years, and much
is expected from the 5-foot-10 native of Mt. Perry, Ohio, this season.
Slack enjoyed an impressive debut for the Norse during an exhibition
game against the University of Cincinnati on Nov. 1 by pouring in
24 points as NKU dropped a 69-67 decision.
six shots from 3-point range against Cincinnati. She started 22
games last season at East Carolina and averaged 6.7 points as the
Pirates captured the Conference USA championship. In addition, she
set a single-season record at East Carolina by making 84 percent
of her free throws. Slack scored in double figures five times as
a sophomore, including 17-point efforts against both Harvard and
COMEBACK FALLS JUST SHORT: Cincinnati held NKU to 8-for-23
shooting from the field during the first half with a zone defense
and built a 36-24 lead at the break. The Bearcats extended their
advantage to 47-26 on a layup by Caitlin Pauley with 13:21 remaining
in the game and still owned a 21-point cushion after Tenishia Benson's
basket with 12:40 left.
After two free
throws by Cassie Brannen cut the UC lead to 49-30, Jessie Slack
and Rachel Lantry fueled the NKU comeback from long range. First
it was Slack, who drained a 3-pointer to make it 49-33. Lantry followed
by burying back-to-back treys to bring the Norse to within 53-39.
Healy attempts a shot against Cincinnati on Nov. 1 in an exhibition
game. Healy, a senior center and a Highlands High School graduate,
scored 13 points in that game as NKU dropped a 69-67 decision
to the Bearcats.
After an Angela
Healy basket made it 54-41, Slack struck again by connecting on
yet another 3-pointer to cut the UC lead to 54-44 with 10:01 remaining.
UC regained its composure and appeared to have put the game away
after building a 12-point lead with 2:27 remaining. The Norse stormed
back with a 9-0 run, capped by seven straight points from Slack.
She made two free throws with 33 seconds left to make it 67-64.
made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left to extend UC's
lead to 68-64. After Nicole Chiodi missed a 3-point attempt, Slack
chased down the offensive rebound and launched a long 3-pointer
that found the bottom of the net to make it 68-67 with a second
remaining. NKU fouled Carla Jacobs with 0.9 seconds on the clock,
and Jacobs missed the first free throw. She then hit the second
attempt to make it 69-67, but NKU had one final chance.
pass, however, was batted away as the buzzer sounded, and UC escaped
with a win against an NKU basketball team for the second straight
evening. The night before, the Bearcat men rallied for a 76-71 victory
against the Norse.
MACHINE: NKU junior post player Cassie Brannen blocked
a school-record 12 shots in a game against Indianapolis on Feb.
24, 2007. Brannen is a graduate of Mount Notre Dame High School
NO. 2 IN GLVC POLL: NKU is picked to finish second in the
GLVC East Division by the league coaches. Bellarmine is the favorite
in the GLVC East after totaling 33 points and four first-place votes.
The Knights finished 19-11 overall, 11-8 in the GLVC last season.
NKU (14-5 in
the GLVC last season) finished second in the voting with 29 total
points and one first-place vote, while Kentucky Wesleyan (18-10,
11-8 GLVC) collected 27 total points and one first-place vote to
finish third in the poll.
BRESCIA: The Bearcats are 1-4 after dropping an 84-81 double-overtime
decision against Lindsey Wilson on Monday night. Christal Floyd
leads Brescia in scoring at 16.2 ppg. Danielle Jenkins averages
15.0 ppg and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST BRESCIA: On Dec. 29, 2005, NKU posted
a 63-42 win over Brescia in Regents Hall. Angela Healy led the Norse
with 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals. She also had three
blocked shots and was 7-for-12 from the field.
added 11 points and six rebounds for the Norse, who won the rebounding
battle by a 43-29 margin. Karyn Creager scored nine points - all
on 3-point field goals - for NKU, while teammate Betsey Clark finished
with eight points and four assists. Brittany Winner came off the
bench and grabbed eight rebounds for the Norse.