Healy drives vs. Ohio Dominican.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will host the Travel America Classic Dec. 17-18 in Regents
Hall. The Norse meet Fayetteville (N.C.) State at 7:30 p.m. Dec.
the two-day event Dec. 18 by playing St. Andrews (N.C.) at 7:30
p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan is the fourth team in the Travel America
Classic and begins the event at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 against St. Andrews.
The Panthers meet Fayetteville State at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
The NKU games
can be heard live on the Internet at www.nkunorse.com. NKU enters
the two-day event with a 5-1 record. The Norse are ranked 13th nationally
in the latest NCAA Division II poll.
BUSTERS: NKU defeated a pair of nationally ranked NAIA
squads - No. 19 Georgetown (Ky.) and No. 9 Ohio Dominican - before
taking off for final exams. The Norse posted a 72-58 win over Georgetown
on Dec. 5, and followed that with a 75-63 victory over previously
unbeaten Ohio Dominican on Dec. 8.
shot 80 percent from the field and averaged 14 points per game in
those two victories. The junior post player began by going 5-for-5
from the field and scoring 14 points against Georgetown. She also
had two blocked shots and five rebounds in that win.
win over Ohio Dominican, Brannen netted 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting
from the field with two blocked shots. Brannen is shooting 65.9
percent from the field and leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference
in that category. The Mount Notre Dame High School product averages
12.7 ppg and is No. 3 in the GLVC in blocked shots (1.67 bpg).
UNIT: Angela Healy is No. 2 in the GLVC in rebounding at
9.8 rpg. The senior center from Highlands High School also averages
16.7 ppg and has scored 852 career points entering the Travel America
WELL TAKEN: Senior point guard Nicole Chiodi averages 11.8
ppg, 5.7 rpg and a team-leading 4.0 assists per game. Chiodi also
leads NKU with 13 steals and averages a GLVC-best 37 minutes playing
time per game.
MACHINE: NKU junior guard Jessie Slack averages 13.8 ppg
and has made a team-leading 10 3-pointers. Slack also has 14 assists
and nine steals this season.
Brannen averages 12.7 ppg.
DUO: NKU guards Danyelle Echoles and Rachel Lantry each
scored 11 points off the bench to key the Norse’s win over
Ohio Dominican. Echoles, who averages 7.2 ppg, buried a trio of
3-pointers against the Panthers.
Lantry, who averages 3.5 ppg, also drained three treys against Ohio
Dominican en route to her career-best 11 points.
FAYETTEVILLE STATE: The Lady Broncos, members of the Central
Intercollegiate Athletic Association, are 5-1 overall. Jamar McMillan
leads Fayetteville State in scoring at 12.2 ppg. Tenisha McArthur
averages 11.0 ppg and 7.2 rebounds per contest.
LAST TIME AGAINST FAYETTEVILLE STATE: On Dec. 13, 2003,
Connie Myers scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half as NKU
defeated Fayetteville State, 82-67, in the championship game of
the Community Recorder Classic in Regents Hall.
State closed to within 35-33 early in the second half on a basket
by Monica Mason, Myers keyed a 15-0 NKU run by scoring eight points.
She powered her way for three straight inside baskets, and Nikki
Perkins capped the Norse spurt with a 3-pointer to give NKU a 50-33
NKU led by a
many as 20 points in the second half and captured the Community
Recorder Classic championship for the third time in four years.
Perkins finished with 20 points and four assists for the Norse.
11 rebounds for NKU, and she made 11-of-15 free throws. She also
added four steals and a blocked shot. NKU bolted out to a 22-7 lead
early in the game as Jessica Brock hit a trio of 3-point shots.
Fayetteville State, however, used its full-court pressure to force
NKU into 17 first-half turnovers and closed the margin to 35-31
NKU solved the
full-court pressure in the second half and made 59.3 percent of
its shots from the field during the final 20 minutes. Sharell Snardon
scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, and she finished
with 10 rebounds to record her sixth double-double of the season.
nine points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots for
NKU, and Elizabeth Burrows had seven points, five assists and five
rebounds. NKU held Fayetteville State to just 29.1 percent shooting
from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 52-34 margin.