Chiodi (12) is recognized during Senior Night festivities
Feb. 16 with her parents, Susan and Tony. Chiodi recently
scored her 700th career point and is looking to lead NKU to
the East Division title.
Ky. - Will they earn an encore performance in Regents Hall for the
opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament? Or
will they spend the first round of that event in Rolla, Mo., going
up against Missouri S&T?
The women of
Northern Kentucky University get a chance to answer those questions
this week when the Norse conclude their regular-season schedule
with two road games. NKU plays at Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday
night, and the Norse conclude the trip with a Saturday afternoon
game at Lewis.
NKU enters this
week with an 18-7 overall record, and the Norse are tied with both
Indianapolis and Bellarmine atop the GLVC East Division with 11-6
records. If NKU wins both games, the Norse will claim the East Division
title and play host to a first-round GLVC Tournament game March
POSSIBILITIES: If NKU splits the road trip, it could earn
a first-round home game as the No. 2 seed from the East Division,
but the probable scenario would be a No. 3 seed and a first-round
contest at Missouri S&T.
If the Norse
are swept on the trip, they will still qualify for the GLVC Tournament
and likely play at Missouri S&T, though an outside chance would
exist of playing at Indianapolis in the first round as a wild-card
The league office
will officially announce pairings, sites and times for the first
round of the GLVC Tournament Saturday night. If NKU hosts a women’s/men’s
doubleheader March 4, the times will be 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. The women
will play first, followed by the men.
THE STREAK: NKU enters Thursday on a two-game losing streak
after dropping a 74-66 decision at Kentucky Wesleyan last week.
Two days earlier, the Norse suffered a 73-60 loss at Bellarmine.
WOES: NKU has lost four consecutive road games going into
Thursday night’s contest at Wisconsin-Parkside. The Norse
have dropped consecutive away games to Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri
S&T, Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan. NKU’s last road
victory came against Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 12.
OMEN: NKU has not won a road game at Wisconsin-Parkside
since Dec. 6, 2003, when the Norse posted a 77-66 victory over the
Rangers. NKU has dropped three consecutive games in DeSimone Gymnasium,
including a 66-57 decision last season.
CLIMBS CHARTS: NKU senior center Angela Healy enters this
week with 1,128 career points, which ranks 17th in Norse history.
She also has moved into second place on the NKU all-time blocked
shots list with 136, trailing current teammate Cassie Brannen (146
15.0 points per game and leads the GLVC in rebounding at 9.8 rpg.
She is also shooting 51.3 percent from the field and has 13 double-doubles
this season. Healy has scored in double figures 21 times this season.
NEARS 800: NKU junior post players Cassie Brannen enters
Thursday with 790 career points. Brannen averages 12.9 ppg and is
shooting a GLVC-leading 56.3 percent from the field. She also tops
the GLVC in blocked shots with 1.96 bpg.
PASSES 700: NKU senior point guard Nicole Chiodi has now
scored 704 career points. She has also dished out 313 career assists
and recorded 111 steals. Chiodi averages 9.2 ppg this season and
leads NKU with 85 assists.
WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: The Rangers are 16-9, 10-7 in the GLVC.
Wisconsin-Parkside stunned Indianapolis last Saturday by rallying
from a 21-point deficit with 10 minutes remaining in the game to
post a 62-57 win over the Greyhounds.
Kayla Ming leads
Wisconsin-Parkside by averaging 18.4 ppg. She is also 73-for-184
from 3-point range this season. Amanda Gibson is scoring 11.9 ppg
and is No. 2 in the GLVC in assists at 5.04 apg.
LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: Earlier this season
on Feb. 2 in Regents Hall, Angela Healy scored 24 points and grabbed
11 rebounds as NKU cruised past Wisconsin-Parkside, 73-55. Jessie
Slack added 18 points for the Norse. 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.
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: Earlier this season on Jan. 31
in Regents Hall, Cassie Brannen scored 20 points, while Angela Healy
recorded a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds as NKU beat
Lewis, 73-42. NKU closed the game on a 21-1 run over the final 7:42.
Danyelle Echoles started that run with back-to-back 3-pointers at
the 13:05 and 12:05 marks. NKU, in fact, outscored the Flyers 33-7
over the final 13:16 of the game.