Echoles (25) averages 6.6 points per game going into the NCAA
Tournament. Echoles, a junior guard, scored 15 points against
Drury last Sunday in the GLVC Tournament championship game.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team begins play at the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament
Friday night at 8:30 p.m. (Central time) in Springfield, Mo.
NKU is the No.
4 seed and will meet No. 5 seed Indianapolis in the first round.
The Norse are 22-8 and defeated the Greyhounds twice during the
regular season. Indianapolis enters the NCAA Tournament with a 22-7
Drury is the
No. 1 seed and host for the women’s Great Lakes Regional.
The Lady Panthers meet eighth-seeded Bellarmine in the first round.
The winner of that game will meet the NKU/Indianapolis survivor
Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. (Central time) in the semifinals.
game is scheduled for 8 p.m. next Monday. All NKU games will be
broadcast on WIOK (107.5 FM) and the Internet at www.nkunorse.com.
NKU dropped a 71-67 decision at Drury in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference championship game last Sunday in Springfield, Mo. Molly
Carter and Lindsay Ballweg each scored 16 points to lead Drury past
basket with 2:01 remaining in the game snapped a 65-all tie and
Drury held off NKU for its first-ever GLVC Tournament title. Ballweg
made a pair of free throws with 0.9 seconds left to seal the win
for the Lady Panthers. Carter was named the most outstanding player
of the tournament for Drury, the defending regional champion.
led NKU with 19 points, while Nicole Chiodi finished with 12 points
and 12 rebounds. Slack and Chiodi each were named to the GLVC’s
all-tournament team. Danyelle Echoles added 15 points for the Norse,
who rallied from a 56-46 deficit with 10:41 remaining to take a
65-64 lead with 2:55 left on the clock.
NKU shot 48.9
percent from the field and made all 14 of its free-throw attempts.
The Norse were 7-for-14 from 3-point range and won the rebounding
battle by a 37-31 count, but 26 turnovers against the Drury pressure
proved to be the difference.
CONTAINS HEALY: Drury limited NKU senior center Angela
Healy to four points before she fouled out late in the game. Healy,
an All-GLVC and All-Great Lakes Region standout, grabbed six rebounds
and blocked two shots.
Healy averages 14.5 points and a GLVC-leading 9.5 rebounds per game.
She enters the NCAA Tournament with 1,188 career points, which ranks
17th in Norse history. Healy also has 133 blocks, which is second
in NKU history.
QUEEN: NKU junior post player Cassie Brannen leads the
GLVC in blocked shots at 2.01 bpg. Brannen is NKU’s all-time
career leader with 158 rejections going into the NCAA Tournament.
The former Mount
Notre Dame High School standout averages 12.7 points per game and
has scored 850 points in her career. She also leads the GLVC in
field-goal percentage at .554.
NCAA HISTORY: NKU owns a 20-16 all-time record in the NCAA
Tournament, and the Norse captured the 2000 NCAA Division II national
championship at Pine Bluff, Ark., with a 71-62 overtime victory
against North Dakota State.
Five years ago,
NKU defeated Grand Valley State, Indianapolis and Quincy to win
the Great Lakes Region title at Indianapolis, Ind. The Norse also
posted wins against Washburn (Kan.) and California (Pa.) at St.
Joseph, Mo., before falling to South Dakota State in the national
LAST TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: A year ago, Ferris State’s
Teghan Thelen made a layup at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a
70-69 win over NKU in the opening round of the Great Lakes Regional
at Romeoville, Ill. After
Angela Healy took a pass in the low post and powered in a shot to
give NKU a 69-68 lead with 9.1 seconds left, Ferris State’s
Sam Johns hurried a shot that missed the mark.
could control the rebound, but Ferris State’s Audrey Thwing
batted the loose ball just enough to find Thelen, who was alone
on the right side underneath the basket. Thelen laid the ball in
as time expired, giving the seventh-seeded Bulldogs the victory.
THE GREAT LAKES REGION FIELD: This season, NKU is 2-0 against
Indianapolis, 0-2 against Drury, 1-1 against Bellarmine, 1-1 against
Missouri S&T and 0-1 against Quincy.
INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds feature senior forward Karla
Mast, who averages 18.6 ppg. Forward Samantha Meissel averages 13.6
ppg and was named this season’s GLVC Freshman of the Year.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On Feb. 16, NKU rallied
to defeat Indianapolis, 68-60, in the final regular-season game
in Regents Hall history. Danyelle Echoles buried a 3-pointer with
4:15 remaining to give the Norse their first lead of the second
half, and NKU held on. Echoles’ trey from the wing put the
Norse up 60-57 and NKU made all eight of its free throws in the
final 2:55 to preserve the lead.
big shot, Jessie Slack made a 3-pointer from the wing one possession
earlier to tie the game at 57-all. Echoles and Slack each later
hit two free throws, while Angela Healy converted four free throws
down the stretch.
Earlier in the
season on Jan. 10, NKU edged Indianapolis, 62-60, in Nicoson Hall.
Slack scored 21 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer
with 8.9 seconds remaining that gave the Norse a 62-60 lead.
AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: NKU has beaten Indianapolis seven
consecutive times. The Greyhounds have not defeated the Norse since
Dec. 2, 2004, when Indianapolis posted a 61-58 win over NKU in Nicoson