Healy attempts a jumper against Grand Valley State last season.
Healy, a senior post player, is one of three returning starters
for NKU in 2007-08. The Norse begin the regular season Nov.
15 against Brescia.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team begins its 2007-08 regular-season schedule Nov. 15 with a non-conference
home game against in-state opponent Brescia.
NKU, which posted
a 21-8 record last season, travels to Erie, Pa., on Nov. 20 to meet
Mercyhurst (6-21 in 2006-07) for its first road game of the campaign.
Mercyhurst is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
NKU head coach
Nancy Winstel said her team, which must replace five seniors, should
be tested early by the difficult schedule.
a young team, and we are going to learn something about our girls
very early in the season,” Winstel said. “Brescia (20-14
last season) is a very good NAIA team, and right after that we have
to go on the road to play at Mercyhurst, and that’s a big
regional game for us. We’re still working on our exhibition
schedule, and who knows what that will bring. It’s going to
be a tough early-season schedule, though.”
The Norse open
their Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule Nov. 29 at Quincy.
Two days later, NKU finishes the road trip with a game against Southern
Illinois at Edwardsville. SIUE, which is reclassifying to NCAA Division
I status, is competing in the GLVC for the final time this season.
two really tough games at Quincy and Edwardsville to open our conference
schedule,” Winstel said. “Quincy has a new head coach,
but they have some really good players, and Edwardsville has almost
everyone back from a team that beat us on our home floor last season.
That’s a difficult way to start the season, and it is especially
tough when you consider our youth in several positions.”
home Dec. 5 to meet NAIA powerhouse Georgetown (Ky.) in Regents
Hall. Ohio Dominican visits NKU for a game Dec. 8 in another non-conference
NKU will play
host to the Travel America Classic Dec. 17-18. The Norse meet Fayetteville
(N.C.) State at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. NKU concludes the two-day
event Dec. 18 against St. Andrew’s (N.C.). Two days later,
NKU travels to Detroit, Mich., to meet Wayne State of the GLIAC.
her team to Allendale, Mich., on Dec. 29 to meet GLIAC powerhouse
Grand Valley State. The Lakers won the NCAA Division II national
championship two years ago.
schedule is very demanding, and those games against the GLIAC teams
are critical for us as far as regional rankings,” Winstel
Brannen powers her way to the basket against Ferris State
during last season's NCAA Tournament at Romeoville, Ill.
NKU plays host
to defending Great Lakes Region champion Drury on Jan. 5 in Regents
Hall. Last season, NKU split two games with Drury.
visits Regents Hall on Jan. 17 for a GLVC showdown. Two days later,
Kentucky Wesleyan arrives in Highland Heights to meet NKU.
On Feb. 16 at
4:30 p.m., NKU will play its final regular-season game in Regents
Hall when Indianapolis visits Highland Heights. The Norse will move
into their new on-campus home, The Bank of Kentucky Center, beginning
NKU closes out
the season with four consecutive road games, beginning with a Feb.
19 GLVC East showdown at Bellarmine. The Norse also visit Kentucky
Wesleyan (Feb. 21), Wisconsin-Parkside (Feb. 28) and Lewis (March
1) to end the season.
The GLVC Tournament
will again be held at Evansville, Ind., in Roberts Stadium March
NKU will return
three starters - post players Angela Healy and Cassie Brannen, along
with guard Nicole Chiodi - in 2007-08. Healy averaged 11.3 points
per game last season and led NKU in rebounding at 6.9 rpg. Brannen
averaged 9.0 ppg and blocked a school-record 71 shots last season.
She also led the GLVC in field-goal percentage at .589. Chiodi dished
out a team-leading 98 assists and averaged 6.9 ppg.
The Norse have
added four newcomers, including East Carolina transfer Jessie Slack.
Among the seniors
NKU must replace are double-figure scorers Brittany Winner (11.3
points per game) and Karyn Creager (10.0 ppg). Winner earned All-GLVC
and All-Great Lakes Region honors last season, while Creager finished
her NKU career with 1,035 points. NKU must also replace Karmen Graham,
Katie Butler and Betsey Clark from last season’s NCAA Division
II Tournament squad.
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