Nicole Chiodi drives past Amanda Gibson for a basket during
the Norse’s 73-55 win over Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday.
Chiodi finished with eight points, five rebounds and three
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team meets Bellarmine at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the 2008
Homecoming in Regents Hall.
NKU enters Saturday
with a 15-5 overall record. The Norse are 8-4 in the Great Lakes
Valley Conference and tied with Bellarmine (16-7 overall, 8-4 GLVC)
for second place in the GLVC East Division. Bellarmine was chosen
by the coaches as the preseason favorite to win the GLVC East Division.
leads the GLVC East Division with an 8-3 record, but the Greyhounds
must play at Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday.
NKU is ranked
No. 9 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. Bellarmine
is No. 5 in the regional rankings. The GLVC and Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference champions receive automatic berths to the NCAA
Tournament in March, and six schools will be awarded at-large berths
to comprise the eight-team Great Lakes Region field.
Drury is No.
1 in the regional poll, followed by Hillsdale, Indianapolis, Missouri
S&T and Bellarmine.
HURTS RANGERS: Angela Healy matched her career high with
24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds last Saturday as NKU cruised past
Wisconsin-Parkside, 73-55, in Regents Hall. Healy, a senior center
from Highlands High School, has 12 double-doubles this season and
1,047 career points. She averages 14.7 points per game and a GLVC-leading
10.3 rebounds per contest.
ON TARGET: Jessie Slack added 18 points for the Norse against
Wisconsin-Parkside. 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.
STRENGTH: Rachel Lantry finished with eight points and
three assists off the bench against Wisconsin-Parkside. Lantry’s
eight first-half points helped NKU build a 37-21 lead at the break.
RULES: The Norse held the Rangers 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.
NEARS RECORD: NKU junior post player Cassie Brannen needs
three blocked shots to become the Norse’s all-time career
leader. Brannen enters Saturday with 130 career blocks. Janet Brungs
is currently NKU’s leader in blocked shots with 132.
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.
FOR HOPE: As part of the WBCA’s “Think Pink”
cancer awareness program, NKU will have a “Hoops for Hope”
pack-the-gym promotion Feb. 14 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.
BELLARMINE: The Knights feature senior guard Angela Smith,
an outstanding long-range shooter who averages 16.1 ppg. Katie Willinger
is scoring 11.6 ppg and 6.1 rebounds for Bellarmine, while Dana
Beaven averages 10.6 ppg and 6.7 rpg.
LAST TIME AGAINST BELLARMINE: On Feb. 19, 2007, NKU placed
five players in double figures during a 76-64 win over Bellarmine
in Regents Hall. Angela Healy scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds
for the Norse, while Cassie Brannen added 13 points and blocked
In their first meeting last season, Bellarmine defeated NKU, 85-78,
at Louisville, Ky.
NIGHT: On Feb. 14, 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.