ERIE, Pa. -
This is why head coach Nancy Winstel repeatedly says the leadership
of seniors Angela Healy and Nicole Chiodi is crucial for the Northern
Kentucky University women’s basketball team.
Healy and Chiodi
combined for 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals
as NKU rallied for an 83-67 victory over Mercyhurst (Pa.) on Tuesday.
Healy netted 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Chiodi
scored 17, finished with five rebounds and collected five steals.
took a 37-30 halftime lead by holding NKU to 33.3 percent shooting
from the field. The Norse, however, rallied behind their two seniors
in the second half.
After a 3-pointer
by Karen Brackman gave NKU a 49-48 lead, Healy and Chiodi followed
with back-to-back big plays. First, Healy went inside for a conventional
three-point play to extend the Norse advantage to 52-48 with 10:44
Healy then came
up with a steal on Mercyhurst's next possession. Brackman found
Chiodi open for a 3-pointer, and the senior guard drained the trey
while being fouled. She converted the free throw to cap the four-point
play and give NKU a 56-48 edge with 10:09 on the clock, and the
Norse (2-0) maintained a comfortable lead the remainder of the game.
Healy, a graduate
of Highlands High School, shot 8-for-10 from the field and made
all three of her free throws. The 6-foot-1 center helped NKU finish
with a 36-12 advantage in points in the paint.
Chiodi, a Newport
Central Catholic graduate, dished out four assists. She also finished
12-for-15 from the free-throw line as the Norse defeated Mercyhurst
for the second straight year.
finished with 17 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for
NKU, which was 33-for-45 from the line. The Norse were 27-for-35
in the second half as Mercyhurst watched five players foul out of
10 points, grabbed three rebounds and added three assists. Junior
guard Danyelle Echoles finished with a career-high 12 points to
give the Norse five players in double figures.
NKU, which is
ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, begins Great
Lakes Valley Conference play Nov. 29 with a road game against Quincy.
The Norse conclude the trip Dec. 1 with a GLVC showdown at Southern
Illinois at Edwardsville.