Healy is the newest member of NKU’s 1,000-point club.
The senior center netted her 1,000th point at Missouri-St.
Louis last week. Healy averages 14.3 points and a GLVC-leading
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team begins a five-game homestand Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when defending
Great Lakes Valley Conference champion Lewis invades Regents Hall.
NKU is 13-5
overall, 6-4 in the GLVC. The Norse are tied for third place in
the GLVC East Division standings after being swept on their Missouri
road trip last week. NKU also dropped out of the NCAA Division II
national rankings this week after being No. 14 in the previous poll.
NKU plays host
to Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday at 1 p.m. That game will be televised
live on ICN-6.
AS ICE: NKU made only 26.9 percent of its shots from the
field in the second half Saturday during a 66-42 loss at Missouri
S&T. The Norse, who owned a 23-22 halftime lead, converted just
7-for-26 from the field in the second half and were outscored 44-19.
Two nights earlier,
NKU made just 31.7 percent of its shots from the field during a
56-51 loss at Missouri-St. Louis. In that game, the Norse were 6-for-28
(21.4 percent) from 3-point range. On the two-game road trip, NKU
shot 23.9 percent (11-for-46) from 3-point range.
SIGHT: NKU’s 24-point margin of defeat was the most
since the final game of the 1996-97 season, when the Norse dropped
an 87-61 decision at Southern Indiana.
CLUB: Senior center Angela Healy joined NKU’s 1,000-point
club last Thursday when she made the game’s first basket against
Missouri-St. Louis. Healy, who enters Thursday with 1,010 career
points, averages 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. She leads
the GLVC in both rebounding and blocked shots (1.78 bpg).
LOOMS: NKU junior post player Cassie Brannen (12.8 ppg)
enters Thursday with 699 career points. She also has 124 career
blocks and is eight shy of tying the school record.
BOARDS: NKU freshman center Kendra Caldwell hauled down
a career-high 11 rebounds against Missouri S&T. Caldwell, a
graduate of Xenia High School, averages 3.4 ppg and 3.8 rebounds.
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, and Think
LEWIS: The Flyers are 9-7 overall, 5-4 in the GLVC. Lewis
is coming off a 74-66 overtime loss at Wisconsin-Parkside. Three
players average double figures for the Flyers, led by Kelly Dianis
at 11.7 ppg. Jenny Turpel is scoring 10.9 ppg and Lauren Martens
averages 10.1 ppg.
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: On Feb. 8, 2007, Brittany Winner
scored 22 points, dished out four assists and collected three steals
as NKU posted a 73-61 victory over Lewis in Regents Hall.
NKU also ended
Lewis’ 13-game winning streak and extended its own string
of consecutive victories to nine.
Winner poured in 15 points in the first half and was part of a defensive
effort that held Lewis to 39.3 percent shooting from the field.
NKU began the second half with a 10-4 run as Winner scored the first
five points of the spurt.
The Norse led
by as many as 15 points, and the Flyers departed Regents Hall with
a loss for the 10th consecutive year. Cassie Brannen added 14 points,
five rebounds and three blocks. Angela Healy finished with 11 points,
five rebounds and two blocks. In
their first meeting last season, Lewis defeated NKU, 75-64, at Romeoville,
UW-PARKSIDE: The Rangers are 12-5 overall, 6-3 in the GLVC.
Wisconsin-Parkside features senior guard Kayla Ming, who averages
19.5 ppg. Ming leads the GLVC in 3-pointers made per game with 3.12.
LAST TIME AGAINST UW-PARKSIDE: On Feb. 10, 2007, Brittany
Winner conjured up her late-game magic one more time in Regents
Hall in a last-second, 60-58 Norse victory. NKU and Wisconsin-Parkside
were tied at 58-all with 4.2 seconds remaining, and the Norse had
to go the length of the floor and score if they were to avoid overtime.
NKU wanted to
up-screen on the final play and break someone free, but Wisconsin-Parkside
sagged back. That left the Norse with their second option. Winner
received the ball in the backcourt and sped upcourt as the clock
wound down. She drove the lane against heavy defensive pressure
and put up a runner off the glass just before time expired.
The ball spun
around the rim for a moment, then dropped through the net to give
NKU a 60-58 victory at the buzzer.