Karen Brackman (20) attempts a shot against Brescia during
the first half Thursday night. Brackman scored a career-high
17 points to lead NKU to a 71-53 win. The junior guard also
finished with six rebounds and four steals.
Ky. - The final season of basketball in Regents Hall tipped off
Thursday night, and the Northern Kentucky University women coasted
to a 71-53 win over Brescia.
scored a career-high 17 points and collected four steals to lead
NKU, which is ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.
The junior guard also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three
assists in 37 minutes of action.
always starts with your defense. If you get after it on defense,
then you’re going to start hitting some shots and that is
exactly what we did," Brackman said. "We started off a
little shaky, and our offense wasn’t really flowing. I think
we really got after the hustle plays, and that made a big difference."
NKU (1-0) used
a 13-3 run in the first half to turn a 19-all tie into a 32-22 lead
with 1:42 remaining before the break. Brackman, making her first
start at NKU, netted nine points in the first half.
(Echoles) and I, it was our first start ever, and we went from not
really playing a lot last year to starting, so we were pretty excited
about that," said Brackman, a native of Minster, Ohio.
in the second half and built its largest lead (64-42) when Brackman
buried a 3-pointer. The Norse held Brescia (1-5) to just 33.9 percent
shooting from the field for the game.
first game, everyone expects you to win. Look at the people who
are getting knocked off in the country in college football and basketball
- it is because they’re maybe not ready to play somebody,"
NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. "I thought we were really
ready to play. For Brescia, it was their sixth game of the season.
They attacked the basket. They pushed the ball up the floor. They
go small and force your big girls to come out and guard their perimeter
players. They also hit some 3-pointers."
struggled from long range, shooting just 2-for-16 in 3-point attempts.
The Norse were 0-for-7 before halftime from 3-point range,
we’re a better 3-point shooting team than 2-of-16," Winstel
said. "I think everyone on this team can shoot the three. Rachel
(Lantry) can shoot the three. Diondra (Holliday) can shoot the three.
Danyelle can shoot the three. Jessica (Wendeln) can shoot the three.
I mean, we do have 3-point shooters on the team."
Kendra Caldwell goes inside against Brescia during the second
half of Thursday night’s 71-53 win.
Angela Healy recorded a double-double for NKU with 16 points and
13 rebounds. Senior guard Nicole Chiodi finished with 10 points,
seven rebounds and two steals. Echoles, a junior guard and a graduate
of Colerain High School, scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds
and added three steals.
player Kendra Caldwell netted eight points in her Norse debut. The
Xenia, Ohio, native also blocked two shots and grabbed three rebounds.
Lantry blocked three shots in the first half to help NKU rally from
an early 13-6 deficit.
player Cassie Brannen, still recovering from an ankle injury, scored
four points in 11 minutes of action.
confidence in my team, and I know that if I foul out or if I’m
in an injury situation like over (at the University of Cincinnati),
I know my team will pick it up, and they all did really well tonight,"
really stepped up tonight, but that’s the way she can play
when she wants to. She is a really good ball player and she showed
led Brescia with 14 points, but the NAIA school's leading scorer,
Christal Floyd, was held to just four points on 2-for-7 shooting
from the field. Floyd entered the game averaging more than 16 points
defense is good. Angie and Cassie are such a presence out there.
They are quick post players, which is a really big help," Brackman
said. "Their ability to block shots is awesome as well. We
try to help them. We really worked on our help-defense this week."
NKU is now 3-0
all-time against Brescia. The Norse will travel to Erie, Pa., next
Tuesday to meet Mercyhurst at 5:30 p.m.