Slack (21) looks inside to Cassie Brannen during NKU’s
59-54 win over Southern Indiana last week. Slack averages
12.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. The junior guard has also dished
out 42 assists this season for the 14th-ranked Norse.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team hits the road this week for two games, beginning with a Thursday
night game at Missouri-St. Louis.
NKU will conclude
the trip Saturday afternoon against Missouri S&T at Rolla, Mo.
Both games can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and the Internet
NKU, which owns
a four-game winning streak, is 13-3 overall and ranked 14th nationally
in the NCAA Division II poll. The Norse are tied with Indianapolis
for first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division
with 6-2 records. NKU posted a 65-44 win over Kentucky Wesleyan
last Saturday in Regents Hall to move into a tie with Indianapolis,
which lost at Quincy later that afternoon.
NAME: Missouri S&T was formerly Missouri-Rolla, but
the institution officially changed its name earlier this month to
Missouri University of Science & Technology.
BASKET: NKU senior center Angela Healy enters Thursday
with 998 career points. Healy is looking to become the 24th member
of NKU’s 1,000-point club in women’s basketball. She
also leads the GLVC in rebounding at 10.9 rpg and has 10 double-doubles
the Highlands High School product continues to lead the GLVC in
blocked shots (2.0 bpg) and is No. 7 in scoring (15.3 ppg).
NEARS RECORD: NKU junior post player Cassie Brannen enters
Thursday with 123 career blocked shots. Janet Brungs currently owns
the NKU career record with 132 blocks.
has scored in double figures 15 consecutive games, averages 13.5
ppg and has 26 blocked shots this season. She is also second in
the GLVC in field-goal percentage at .580. The former Mount Notre
Dame High School standout enters Thursday with 684 career points
and 352 career rebounds.
TO CHIODI: NKU senior point guard Nicole Chiodi has 288
career assists entering this week. The Newport Central Catholic
High School graduate averages 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and leads
NKU with 60 assists. She also ranks No. 1 on the team with 30 steals.
ATTACK: NKU junior guard Jessie Slack averages 12.4 ppg
and leads the team in 3-pointers made with 25. She also averages
4.1 rebounds and has 42 assists.
“D”: NKU leads the GLVC in field-goal percentage
defense (.350) and blocked shots (6.81 bpg).
NO...YES!: Cassie Brannen buries a 3-pointer during
NKU’s 65-44 win over Kentucky Wesleyan. Brannen is 4-for-5
from 3-point range this season and averages 13.5 points. The
junior post player needs 10 blocked shots to pass Janet Brungs
and set a Norse career record.
MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: The Tritons are 4-10 overall, 2-5 in
the GLVC. Missouri-St. Louis, however, owns a road win against Grand
Valley State earlier this season. Courtney Watts led the Tritons
in scoring at 10.6 ppg. Missouri-St. Louis is 1-4 at home in the
Mark Twain Building this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: On Jan. 13, 2007,
NKU finished with 10 blocked shots, held Missouri-St. Louis to 29.8
percent shooting from the field and rolled to a 67-44 win at Highland
Heights, Ky. The Norse did not allow the visitors to make a shot
from 3-point range (0-for-6).
did most of the swatting for NKU and finished with five blocks.
Brannen's defensive efforts contributed to Missouri-St. Louis standout
Jennifer Martin's 4-for-11 shooting performance from the field.
Katie Butler combined for 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked
shots to lead NKU. Butler finished with 11 points, seven rebounds
and two blocks for the Norse. Brannen added 10 points and seven
rebounds to her five blocks. Nicole Chiodi scored 12 points and
dished out five assists for NKU, which led the entire game.
VS. WEST SHOWDOWN: When NKU visits Missouri S&T Saturday,
it will be a battle of first-place teams in the GLVC East and West
Divisions. The Lady Miners are 12-2 overall, 6-1 in the GLVC. Missouri
S&T has won seven straight games going into Thursday.
LAST TIME AGAINST MISSOURI S&T (Then Missouri-Rolla):
On March 2, 2007, in the first round of the GLVC Tournament at Evansville,
Ind., NKU's inside attack made Missouri-Rolla's stay in the postseason
short and sour. NKU sent Missouri-Rolla packing with a 67-52 first-round
victory in Roberts Stadium.
The Norse continually
pounded the ball inside to post players Angela Healy (23 points)
and Cassie Brannen (14 points) and cruised past the Lady Miners
into the GLVC Tournament semifinals. Healy shot 8-for-12 from the
field and grabbed seven rebounds. She also blocked three shots and
finished with two assists. Healy, in fact, made her first five shots
from the field as NKU built a 16-9 lead. The Norse started the game
7-for-9 from the field behind the play of Healy and Brannen.
battled back and cut the NKU lead to 18-17 on a basket by Katie
Bunge. The Norse scored the next eight points to extend their advantage
to 26-17 with 4:54 left before halftime. Brannen capped the NKU
run by powering in for a basket while being fouled. She converted
the free throw to give the Norse a nine-point lead.
hit a jumper just before the half ended to give NKU a 34-25 lead.
The Lady Miners pulled to within five points twice early in the
second half, but NKU used a 7-0 run to stretch its lead to 43-31
when Katie Butler buried a 3-pointer. Butler finished with eight
points and three blocked shots.
Nicole Chiodi each added nine points for NKU, which shot 53.1 percent
from the field. Brannen hauled down a game-high 10 rebounds and
added two blocks, bringing her school-record season total to 69
rejections. Bunge led Missouri-Rolla with 16 points. The Lady Miners,
who entered the GLVC Tournament on a roll after picking up road
wins at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville and Quincy, made just
33.9 percent of their shots from the field.