Caldwell attempts a shot during the first half of NKU’s
72-59 win over Bellarmine last Saturday night. Caldwell finished
with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in that victory.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team closes out the Regents Hall era this week with home games against
Saint Joseph’s (Thursday at 5:30 p.m.) and Indianapolis (Saturday
at 4:30 p.m.).
NKU is 16-5
overall, 9-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and tied with
Indianapolis for first place in the GLVC East Division. The Norse’s
showdown with Indianapolis on Saturday will mark the final regular-season
game in Regents Hall, and NKU will wear throwback uniforms that
the first Northern Kentucky State College team wore in 1974-75.
NKU will also
recognize Nicole Chiodi and Angela Healy on Saturday during Senior
Day festivities in Regents Hall. That game will also be televised
live on ICN-6.
THIS?: On Dec. 3, 1974, then-Northern Kentucky State College
played its first-ever women’s basketball game against Kentucky
State. Nancy Winstel scored 17 points to lead the Norsewomen to
an 87-32 victory in Regents Hall. Marian Keegan chipped in 15 points
for Northern Kentucky State, which shot 50 percent from the field.
Linda Niehaus scored the first points in Norsewomen basketball history
by making a pair of free throws. Niehaus, Teresa Rump and Beth Sturm
each scored 13 points for the Norsewomen in their debut as a varsity
FOR HOPE: As part of the WBCA’s “Think Pink”
cancer awareness program, NKU will have a “Hoops for Hope”
pack-the-gym promotion Thursday as part of its doubleheader against
Saint Joseph’s. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink that evening
in Regents Hall, and donations will go to Avon's Breast Cancer Crusade
Foundation. Call (859) 572-5195 for more information.
REJECTION QUEEN: NKU junior post player Cassie Brannen
set the school record for career blocks during the Norse’s
72-59 win over Bellarmine last Saturday when she collected her 133rd
rejection early in the second half. Brannen passed Janet Brungs,
who blocked 132 shots during her NKU career.
with six blocks against Bellarmine and enters Thursday with 136
career swats. The Mount Notre Dame High School graduate also averages
12.9 points per game and is shooting 57.2 percent from the field.
CANDIDATE: NKU senior center Angela Healy averages 14.7
ppg and leads the GLVC in both rebounding (10.1 rpg) and blocked
shots (1.90 bpg). The Highlands High School graduate also ranks
sixth in the GLVC in free-throw shooting at .841.
LEADER: NKU senior point guard Nicole Chiodi is second
in the GLVC in minutes played (35.3), and she averages 9.3 ppg.
Chiodi leads NKU with 40 steals and 74 assists. The Newport Central
Catholic graduate recorded a double-double against Bellarmine last
Saturday with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
SAINT JOSEPH’S: The Pumas are 1-19 overall and have
lost 14 consecutive games. Saint Joseph’s is 0-13 in the GLVC.
LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: Earlier this season
on Jan. 12, NKU rolled to a 79-39 win at Saint Joseph’s. Karen
Brackman scored 15 points to lead five NKU players in double figures.
Brackman added four rebounds and three assists for NKU. She scored
10 points in the first half as the Norse jumped out to a 39-21 lead.
scored 13 points for NKU, and she buried a trio of 3-point shots
in the first eight minutes of the game to spark the Norse. Angela
Healy finished with 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, while
Cassie Brannen added 12 points.
INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds, who play at Bellarmine on
Thursday, are 17-4 overall, 9-4 in the GLVC. Senior guard Karla
Mast averages 20.5 ppg and leads the Indianapolis offense.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: Earlier this season on
Jan. 10, Jessie Slack knocked down a 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds
remaining in the game to give NKU a 62-60 win over Indianapolis
at Nicoson Hall. Slack poured in all 21 of her points in the second
half as NKU handed Indianapolis its first loss of the season after
called timeout with 5.1 seconds left after getting the ball across
half court, but Karla Mast lost control of the ball and the Greyhounds
were forced to throw up a desperation heave as the buzzer sounded.
Mast led Indianapolis with 26 points.
NIGHT: This Thursday, fans will receive a free bobblehead
doll of NKU president Dr. James Votruba during the Norse’s
doubleheader against Saint Joseph’s in Regents Hall.
FORMAT: If the Norse win the GLVC East title or finish
second, they will host a first-round GLVC Tournament game March
4 in Regents Hall. The semifinals and finals will then be played
at the highest remaining seed. The GLVC Tournament had been held
in Evansville, Ind., the past nine years in Roberts Stadium.