Angela Healy towers above Wisconsin-Parkside’s Katie
Weiglein (25) during the first half Saturday. Healy scored
24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Norse posted a 73-55
Ramstetter, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - Angela Healy matched her career high with 24 points and grabbed
11 rebounds Saturday as the Northern Kentucky University women’s
basketball team cruised past Wisconsin-Parkside, 73-55, in a Great
Lakes Valley Conference game in Regents Hall.
Healy, a senior
center from Highlands High School, now has 12 double-doubles this
try to do anything my team needs me to do,” Healy said. “If
it helps us win, I do it.”
NKU head coach
Nancy Winstel agreed.
we need to get her the ball more,” Winstel said. “Angela
is just a warrior. She’s such a great player and attracts
so much attention. She is such a great leader. I have nothing but
the utmost respect for her in the way that she carries herself and
this team on and off the court. Angela is such a leader for us and
if you ask anyone on this team, they’d say that as well.”
added 18 points for the Norse, who improved to 15-5 overall, 8-4
in the GLVC. Slack also made all 10 of her free-throw attempts and
dished out three assists as NKU upped its lead in the all-time series
with Wisconsin-Parkside to 22-5.
eight first-half points helped NKU build a 37-21 lead at the break.
Lantry hit a pull-up jumper at the 9:15 mark of the first half to
give the Norse the advantage for good after eight lead changes and
three ties in the first 10:45.
After two Healy
free throws, Lantry hit a 3-pointer and followed with an assist
to Kendra Caldwell for a layup that capped a 9-0 Norse run.
that Lantry and Slack did a great job for us,” Winstel said.
“Angela Healy and Cassie Brannen, how can you ever not mention
their name when you’re talking about our team? We’re
a ‘team’ team and people need to step up at different
times. Rachel has been having kind of a rough year, but we need
her to do what she did today, and get that energy from her. She
is really capable of doing that and it was really nice to see her
Lantry, a sophomore
out of Holy Cross High School, added another trey to end the half.
She also dished out three assists in the opening 20 minutes.
definitely difficult coming off the bench when you have five other
players that are already warmed up and have already set the tempo
for the game,” Lantry said. “I think that when we have
players like Angela Healy and the rest of the starting five and
get that lead going, it makes it easier for our bench people to
come out with a lot of energy and not bring the tempo down.”
with those eight points and three assists, while Nicole Chiodi added
eight points. Danyelle Echoles led the Norse with four assists.
Echoles attempts a shot during the second half of NKU’s
73-55 win over Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday. Echoles, a
junior guard, scored six points and led NKU with four assists.
The Norse held
the Rangers (12-7 overall, 6-5 GLVC) to an ice-cold 23.9 percent
from the field, including 15.8 percent (3-for-19) in the first half.
NKU made 45.8 percent of its shots from the field and converted
82.8 percent (24-for-29) of its free throws.
made only 11 field goals in the game, but used 26-for-34 shooting
from the free-throw line to stay within 20 points.
is a very, very good team, and they always play well here,”
Winstel said. “We got off to an OK start, but I thought we
weren’t getting some things done. I thought Rachel Lantry
picked us up huge. I also thought that Kendra came in and gave us
some valuable minutes. That is what those girls need to do and that
is what they’re capable of doing. Then I thought that Jessie
Slack might have played her best game of the year.
composure on the court, her savvy, and her defense - I just thought
she did a great job. Nicole struggled a little bit in the first
half but from the latter part of the half, she was Nicole. And then
Angela and Cassie did a great job. We’ve got to do a little
better job of when we’re missing them; we’ve got to
get them the ball.”
Healy and Cassie
Brannen each blocked three shots for the Norse. Brannen now has
130 blocked shots for her career, just two shy of the NKU record
of 132 held by Janet Brungs. Brannen was 4-for-4 from the free-throw
line and made a 3-pointer to finish with seven points.
Healy was 2-for-3
from 3-point range, not what one might expect from the Norse’s
one was when the shot clock was running down, so I just kind of
shot it,” Healy said. “Sometimes when people play us,
they sag in, so if you can hit the outside shot, it’s going
to open up things inside.”
The Norse outrebounded
the Rangers 37-31, led by Healy’s 11. Chiodi grabbed five
boards and Brannen and Slack each had four rebounds. The Rangers
only had six assists as a team while the Norse dished out 15, led
by Danyelle Echoles’ four.
one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation, led the Rangers with
Danyelle Echoles did a great job on (Ming) because she is the real
deal,” Winstel said. “I thought Danyelle did as great
of a job on her as she could. I think our defense had a lot to do
with our win. They are just a really good team, and we have a lot
of respect for them. We have to go up there and play them again,
so I’m sure that will be a tough one.”
NKU plays host
to Bellarmine in the 2008 Homecoming next Saturday at 5:30 p.m.