Healy (42) goes over Kentucky Wesleyan’s Whitney Waddell
for a jumper during NKU’s 65-44 win on Saturday. Healy
scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Norse victory.
Ky. - Angela Healy recorded yet another double-double Saturday,
and the senior center just missed scoring her 1,000th career point
in front of the home crowd.
15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Northern Kentucky University
cruised to a 65-44 win over Kentucky Wesleyan in Regents Hall. She
also blocked four shots, dished out four assists and collected four
steals as the Norse improved to 13-3 overall, 6-2 in the Great Lakes
Healy - who
has recorded 10 double-doubles this season - upped her career point
total to 998, one basket shy of becoming the 24th player in Norse
history to reach 1,000. The Highlands High School product had a
couple of chances to join the NKU 1,000-point club late in the second
half, but both shot attempts missed the mark.
it was supposed to be her 1,000th-point game, so it was really disappointing
she didn’t get to do it at home, but she kept her head up
and was more worried about the team than anything else,” NKU
junior forward Cassie Brannen said. “That just goes to show
how great of a player she really is. She’ll get to 1,000 points
in the next game at Missouri-St. Louis, but we hoped she would get
it here at home in front of the Regents Hall crowd.”
That means the
6-foot-1 inside force will join NKU’s exclusive 1,000-point
club with her first basket or two free throws against Missouri-St.
Louis next Thursday. Healy, who has become one of the nation’s
top post players as a senior, said she is looking forward to reaching
the milestone and credited her teammates for putting her in this
think it is an honor to join that club because we have such amazing
players from the past,” said Healy, who was 7-for-13 from
the field. “I also wish that everyone who has ever given me
an assist could also be given some type of recognition, because
it is a team game.”
17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for NKU. The Mount Notre Dame
High School product was 5-for-8 from the field.
into the game, we knew Kentucky Wesleyan had been struggling a little
bit, but we couldn’t let that stop our intensity,” Brannen
said. “We knew that we had to come out strong, and that’s
what we did.”
Kentucky Wesleyan (7-8, 1-6 GLVC) to 37.2 percent shooting from
the field and finished with a 35-22 edge in rebounding. The Norse,
who jumped out to a 24-9 lead, shot 53.1 percent from the field
and now own a 47-4 lead in the all-time series with the Panthers.
Slack launches a 3-pointer against Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday.
Slack finished with eight points, four rebounds and three
steals as the Norse won their fourth consecutive game.
Healy also demonstrated their ability to knock down shots from the
outside. Brannen was 2-for-2 from 3-point range, while Healy buried
a trey from downtown in the second half.
two kids can shoot that three, and they’re looking to shoot
it more,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “We practice
threes everyday, including our post players. Cassie hit two today,
and Angela followed with one, and that’s great to see. Cassie
was very aggressive offensively and was looking to score and get
Angela Healy, she’s been our rock all year long. She’s
just been tough, tough, tough. They are one of the best post combinations
in the GLVC, if not the best, and I don’t think I’m
the only one who feels that way.”
added nine points and six rebounds for NKU, which is ranked No.
14 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. Jessie Slack and Kendra
Caldwell each scored eight points for the Norse, who extended their
winning streak to four games and moved into a first-place tie with
Indianapolis in the GLVC East Division.
led Kentucky Wesleyan with 11 points, and Whitney Waddell scored
10. The Panthers, however, found the inside attack of Brannen and
Healy difficult to defend. And don’t forget that duo’s
surprising 3-point shooting prowess, either.
exciting for us to show that we do have an outside game to go with
the inside game,” Brannen said.
“I just kind of threw that (3-pointer) up there. It’s
fun to step out and hit a three every now and again.”
to its visit to Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday, NKU will also meet
Missouri S&T (formerly Missouri-Rolla) on the road next Saturday.
The, Rolla, Mo., institution officially changed its name earlier
this month and is now Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Miners (12-2 overall) are in first place in the GLVC West Division
with a 6-1 record. Missouri S&T has won seven consecutive games.