Chiodi (12) glides past Lewis defender Jennifer Green during
the second half of NKU’s 73-42 win Thursday. Chiodi
finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and
Ramstetter, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - Cassie Brannen scored 20 points and Angela Healy recorded
a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Northern Kentucky
University women’s basketball team beat Lewis, 73-42, Thursday
night in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game inside Regents Hall.
NKU closed the
game on a 21-1 run over the final 7:42 and improved to 14-5 overall,
7-4 in the GLVC. Danyelle Echoles started that run with back-to-back
3-pointers at the 13:05 and 12:05 marks.
in the second half that we took better care of the ball and I thought
we made some big shots,” head coach Nancy Winstel said. “We
made some threes, which opened up our inside game. We moved the
ball and I thought we got to the free-throw line. We just did a
lot of things that contributed to our success particularly in the
GLVC, there are no easy games and it is always a war. I just thought
that we wanted to battle. The first five minutes of the second half
last Saturday was when we really let that Missouri S&T game
get away from us. So tonight, we wanted to come out in the second
half and be strong. I thought we did that and it kind of helped
us set the tone. When you make shots, the game is a lot easier than
when you miss them.”
NKU, in fact,
outscored the Flyers 33-7 over the final 13:16 of the game.
shots,” Winstel said. “I will tell you all year long,
people are sagging in and they’re daring our outside shooters
to shoot the ball, but tonight we made shots. Danyelle Echoles hit
three big 3-pointers, and those were huge. Danyelle is as good of
a shooter as anybody, but when you’re not making shots, it
wears on you.
do make those shots, you start to believe. Hopefully. by Danyelle
making those shots, Jessie Slack making some, and Karen Brackman
making some as well, will give us some confidence.”
Brannen, a Mount
Notre Dame High School graduate, now has 719 career points.The junior
forward was 7-for-8 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line. Brannen's
three blocked shots gave her 127 on her career, just five shy of
the NKU record.
I love to block shots,” Brannen said. “I’m a little
better with the timing and my long arms, so I’m able to do
it a little better than some other people. I honestly didn’t
realize that I was close to (the record).”
Slack gets ready to knock down a leaning, double-pump jumper
in the second half against Lewis. Slack finished with 14 points
as the Norse posted a 74-43 win Thursday in Regents Hall.
The Norse regularly
rotated inside players Healy, Brannen, and Kendra Caldwell to keep
the key everyone fresh in the face of Lewis’ full-court press.
Cassie and we have Angela and I thought that if you’re going
to stop one, then it’s hard to stop the other,” Winstel
said. “I thought in the first half they were really, really
working hard on trying to stop Angela so Cassie just stepped up
big time. Kendra was able to play some minutes giving me a chance
to rest those two. Kendra is a very important key to what we do.
With her energy and being a freshman, she’s going to make
mistakes but then again she’s also going to make some things
happen as well.”
The win snapped
a two-game losing streak that knocked the Norse out of the Top 25
after they had held the No. 14 spot in the poll. NKU fell to Missouri-St.
Louis and Missouri S&T last week on the road.
playing at home in Regents Hall, but home-court is only an advantage
if you make it one,” Winstel said. “I thought tonight
we were able to do that. I’m hoping that we can build on it.
This was a huge win for us tonight. This was as big of a win for
us that I can remember for a while just because what we went through
NKU led 29-26
at halftime, led by Brannen’s 14 first-half points. Nicole
Chiodi added six before halftime and finished with 13. Healy scored
11 of her 13 in the second half. Echoles scored all nine of her
points in the second half, all coming on 3-pointers. Jessie Slack
scored 14 for the Norse.
NKU led by as
many as nine in the first half, using a 10-0 run spanning six minutes.
Lewis closed to within one, 27-26, with a 10-2 run near the end
of the half. The two teams combined for 20 first-half turnovers.
Lewis had 12 of those turnovers and finished with 22. The Norse
had 14 turnovers in the game.
NKU shot 55.1
percent from the field - 66.7 percent in the second half. The Flyers
made only 30.6 percent of their shots from the field, including
only 15.4 percent in the second half (4-for-26). NKU were 6-for-10
from 3-point range, including 5-for-6 in the second half.
came off two losses, two huge losses, and we haven’t been
playing the game that we are capable of playing,” Brannen
said. “Today, I think we knew we had to come out and do that
and I think we were able to do just that.”
led the Flyers with 15 points, 11 in the first half. Lewis (9-8,
5-5) lost its last 11 games inside Regents Hall, which will host
its final regular-season contest Feb. 16 against Indianapolis.
NKU will host
Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday at 1 p.m.