Brannen scores while being fouled during the second half of
NKU’s 72-58 win over Georgetown (Ky.) on Wednesday night.
Brannen finished with 14 points for the Norse, who improved
Ky. - One year, it might be a blowout. The next season, it could
go down to the final minute.
But when Northern
Kentucky University meets Georgetown (Ky.) in women's basketball,
it's always interesting. That's just the way it works out when an
established NCAA Division II national power meets a perennial juggernaut
from the NAIA ranks. It's usually an in-state basketball rivalry
at its best, with a motivated Georgetown squad looking to pull off
the huge upset of NKU in Regents Hall.
In most years,
both teams enter the game sporting a national ranking. That's what
happened Wednesday night when Georgetown - ranked No. 19 in the
NAIA poll - visited NKU (No. 17 in the NCAA Division II poll) in
This time, NKU
shook off a slow start, turned up the defensive intensity in the
second half and ran away with a 72-58 win over the Lady Tigers.
The Norse improved to 4-1 with the victory and upped their lead
in the all-time series to 12-1.
it was an ugly win, but a win nonetheless," said NKU senior
center Angela Healy. "We didn’t come out with the energy
that we expected, but the second half was much better."
Early in the
game, it appeared Georgetown (7-2) might run away from NKU. The
Lady Tigers held the Norse to one field goal during the opening
nine minutes and built an 11-2 lead.
think we played very well in the first half. I was disappointed
in our defensive intensity and our execution on offense," NKU
head coach Nancy Winstel said. "I just think we didn’t
do a really good job the first half at all. We just seemed out of
netted 16 of her game-high 22 points in the first half as Georgetown
took a 31-27 lead into the locker room. Katie Filiatreau scored
11 points in the first half.
not have an answer for (Gilbert) in the first half, but in the second
half we put Nicole (Chiodi) on her," Winstel said. "I
thought that Nicole’s size and length bothered Gilbert. In
the first half, we just couldn’t keep (Gilbert) off the free-throw
a 40-31 lead with 15:50 remaining after two free throws by Maddy
Lewis. NKU then hit the Lady Tigers with a 25-8 run to take a 56-48
advantage with 7:12 left. Healy and Karen Brackman keyed the spurt
with a pair of baskets, and Jessie Slack drained a 3-pointer off
an assist from Brackman to give NKU a 44-42 advantage - the Norse's
first lead of the game.
Echoles goes to the basket.
Georgetown to make only 29.2 percent of its shots from the field
in the second half and led by as many as 16 points. The Norse also
blocked 12 shots, four of those by Slack and three by Rachel Lantry.
thought the energy from Danyelle Echoles, Rachel Lantry and Kendra
Caldwell was great off the bench," Winstel said.
Healy led NKU
with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Highlands High School graduate
was 8-for-8 at the free-throw line and added three steals. Chiodi
and Cassie Brannen each added 14 points for the Norse, who shot
52.9 percent from the field in the second half.
capable of playing how we did in the second half for the entire
game. We just didn’t bring it during the first half,"
Healy said. "We moved some people around, but basically it
was our energy and communicating better as a team."
Healy's early-season performance (18.0 points, 9.8 rebounds per
game) isn't a surprise.
does for us on and off the court is just tremendous. She is a terrific
leader who leads by example," Winstel said. "She works
each day and tells the other players what they need to do to win.
get upset with them, she calms them down. When I’m calm, she’s
upset with them. Angela is kind of the yin and the yang for us.
She is just a terrific leader. She has prepared herself for this
and I think she is showing it in a great way. I couldn’t be
any happier because she has worked so hard."
with seven points and five assists, while Echoles and Brackman each
scored six points. Caldwell added five points, five rebounds and
two steals. NKU was just 1-for-11 from 3-point range, but the Norse
cashed in on 21 of 25 attempts at the free-throw line.
NKU plays host
to undefeated Ohio Dominican (8-0) Saturday at 5 p.m. in Regents