Angela Healy leads the GLVC in rebounding at 10.2 boards per
game. The senior center also averages 16.0 points and is No.
1 in the GLVC in blocked shots at 1.83 rejections per contest.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team will take on unbeaten Indianapolis in a Great Lakes Valley
Conference road game Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
NKU enters Thursday’s
game 9-3 overall, 2-2 in the GLVC. The Norse are also ranked 15th
nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. Indianapolis is 11-0 overall,
4-0 in the GLVC.
NKU will conclude
the road trip Saturday with a game at Saint Joseph’s at 2
p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on
the Internet at www.nkunorse.com.
ESCAPES LATE: A game-ending 10-2 run helped Drury rally
past NKU, 55-52, Saturday in Regents Hall. NKU held a 50-45 lead
with 3:22 remaining after Nicole Chiodi’s layup, but Drury
responded with a 6-0 run to take a 51-50 advantage. Jessie Slack
converted a baseline drive for a basket with 1:40 left to give NKU
a 52-51 lead, but those would be the final points for the Norse.
GALORE: NKU senior center Angela Healy leads the GLVC in
rebounding at 10.2 boards per game and blocked shots at 1.83 bpg.
Healy ranks No. 6 in the GLVC in scoring (16.0 points per game)
and is 12th in field-goal percentage (.504). She also ranks fourth
in free-throw percentage (.879).
High School graduate enters Thursday with 945 career points and
is looking to become the 24th member of NKU’s 1,000-point
CLUB REUNION: The two most recent members of the NKU 1,000-point
club, former standouts Karmen Graham and Karyn Creager, were recognized
following Saturday’s game and presented basketballs commemorating
their accomplishments. Graham (1,088 points) and Creager (1,035
points) each reached that milestone last season.
finished No. 7 all-time in Norse history in field-goal percentage
at .509 and No. 3 all-time in free-throw percentage (.818). Creager
ended her career as NKU’s all-time career leader in free-throw
percentage (.879) and owns the school record with 34 consecutive
makes from the line.
IN THE GLVC: NKU is No. 1 in the GLVC in field-goal percentage
defense, holding opponents to just .347 from the floor. The Norse
also continue to lead the GLVC in blocked shots at 6.92 rejections
ON TARGET: NKU junior post player Cassie Brannen is shooting
a GLVC-leading 59.4 percent from the field. The Mount Notre Dame
High School graduate is also ninth in the GLVC in scoring (13.8
ppg) and fourth in blocked shots (1.50 bpg).
SPELL: NKU is shooting 27.7 percent from 3-point range
this season, which ranks 13th in the GLVC. The Norse were 3-for-18
from long range Saturday in their loss to Drury. During the past
four games, NKU is a combined 13-for-61 (21.3 percent) in 3-point
Brannen is No. 1 in the GLVC in shooting from the field (.594).
The junior post player also averages 13.8 ppg.
INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds feature senior guard Karla
Mast, who averages 19.4 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Mast leads the team in
3-pointers made with 24.
Jessica Canary is scoring 12.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Freshman center/forward
Samantha Meissel averages 11.0 ppg and 6.1 rpg for the Greyhounds,
who are 5-0 in Nicoson Hall this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On Feb. 24, 2007, Cassie
Brannen blocked a school-record 12 shots during a 58-53 win at Indianapolis.
Brannen's 12 rejections easily surpassed the previous record of
seven blocks, shared jointly by Kristin Polosky and Janet Brungs.
Brannen also added 12 points and seven rebounds as NKU wrapped up
its 20-win season by rallying from a 28-21 halftime deficit.
NKU used a 9-0
run to begin the second half to take a 30-28 lead. After Indianapolis
battled back to regain a 36-30 lead, NKU went on a 14-4 spurt to
take control of the game. Karyn Creager, who scored her 1,000th
career point in this game, capped the run with a 3-pointer that
gave NKU a 44-40 lead.
buried another 3-pointer to give NKU a 55-45 advantage, and the
Norse held off the Greyhounds. Brittany Winner scored 14 points,
grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots for NKU, which finished
with a school-record 15 blocks. The Norse held to 27.8 percent shooting
from the field in the second half.
In their first
meeting last season in Regents Hall, Winner scored 17 of her 21
points in the second half as NKU rallied for a 62-54 victory over
Indianapolis. The 5-foot-10 forward finished 8-for-11 from the field
and grabbed six rebounds. Keyed by Winner, NKU used a 21-2 run to
take a 49-40 advantage with 9:41 left. She began the spurt by making
a pair of free throws, and Creager followed by a conventional three-point
Indianapolis employing a 3-2 zone defense, Winner capped the big
run by draining back-to-back 3-pointers to give NKU a 49-40 lead.
LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: On Feb. 22, 2007,
NKU watched its 12-game winning streak halted in shocking fashion
by Saint Joseph’s, 65-58, in the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse.
NKU entered the game ranked No. 24 nationally and had not lost since
Jan. 6. The Norse already owned a 79-54 win over Saint Joseph’s
earlier in the season, and the Pumas were 0-10 against GLVC East
Division opponents going into the game.
NKU bolted out
to a 9-0 lead in the opening 3:10 of the game. Saint Joseph’s,
however, countered with a 13-3 run to take a 13-12 lead. By halftime,
the Pumas owned a 27-25 lead after holding NKU to 30.3 percent shooting
from the field.
The second half
was more of the same for NKU, which made just 32.1 percent of its
shots. The Norse also missed all nine of their attempts from 3-point
range after the break and watched helplessly as Saint Joseph’s
ended their 12-game winning streak.
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