Brannen shoots a jumper against Brescia earlier this season.
Brannen scored 17 points during NKU’s 83-67 win at Mercyhurst
last week and added six rebounds.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team begins Great Lakes Valley Conference play on the road this
week, starting with a 6:15 p.m. game at Quincy on Thursday.
The Norse conclude
the road trip Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Southern Illinois at
Edwardsville. Both games can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and
the Internet at www.nkunorse.com.
NKU is 2-0 after
posting an 83-67 win at Mercyhurst (Pa.) last week. The Norse are
ranked 15th nationally in the WBCA’s NCAA Division II poll.
LEAD THE WAY: NKU’s two seniors - center Angela Healy
and point guard Nicole Chiodi - led the way during NKU’s win
at Mercyhurst last week. Healy scored 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting
from the field and grabbed seven rebounds, while Chiodi netted 17
points and collected five steals.
GLVC play averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. She is shooting
54.2 percent from the field. Chiodi averages 13.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg and
3.5 steals per game.
EXCELLENT: NKU junior guard Danyelle Echoles scored a career-best
12 points against Mercyhurst. The former Colerain High School standout
also added two steals and two assists in that win. For the season,
Echoles averages 10.0 ppg.
TO FORM: Junior post player Cassie Brannen poured in 17
points against Mercyhurst. The Mount Notre Dame High School product
also blocked three shots and pulled down six rebounds in 28 minutes
BURNS LAKERS: NKU junior guard Karen Brackman scored 10
points and dished out three assists against Mercyhurst. Brackman’s
3-pointer in the second half gave the Norse a 49-48 advantage, and
NKU led the remainder of the game. For the season, Brackman averages
13.5 ppg, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
THEM SOME SLACK: NKU played its first two regular-season
games without junior guard Jessie Slack, a long-range shooter who
sat out due to an injury. Slack enjoyed an impressive debut for
the Norse during an exhibition game against the University of Cincinnati
on Nov. 1 by pouring in 24 points as NKU dropped a 69-67 decision.
Slack buried six shots from 3-point range against Cincinnati. She
started 22 games last season at East Carolina and averaged 6.7 points
as the Pirates captured the Conference USA championship.
Echoles finished with 12 points against Mercyhurst and averages
10.0 ppg. The junior guard is one of five NKU players averaging
in double figures going into Thursday’s game at Quincy.
QUINCY: The Lady Hawks are 2-2 overall after suffering
an 83-51 loss to Missouri Southern on Saturday. Quincy is picked
fifth in the GLVC West Division preseason poll after finishing 16-11
overall in 2006-07. The Lady Hawks feature guard Jessica Keller,
who averages 17.5 ppg and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
LAST TIME AGAINST QUINCY: On Nov. 30, 2006, NKU rallied
for a 65-63 win over Quincy in Regents Hall. Quincy held a 59-53
lead with two minutes left, but a conventional three-point play
by Katie Butler and a basket by Brittany Winner cut the Lady Hawks’
advantage to 59-58 with 1:26 remaining. Janette Burgin made a pair
of free throws with 1:06 left to extend the Quincy lead to 61-58,
but Butler drained a 3-point field goal to tie the game at 61-all
with 58 seconds remaining.
made a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left to give Quincy a
63-61 lead, but Karmen Graham countered by taking a pass from Butler
and powering in for a basket while being fouled. Graham converted
the ensuing free throw to give NKU a 64-63 lead.
After a missed
shot by Burgin with 10 seconds remaining, Nicole Chiodi grabbed
the rebound and was fouled. She converted one free throw to give
the Norse a 65-63 lead. Quincy had a final chance to tie or win,
but Shaquita Crawford committed a turnover with 0.5 seconds left
and NKU escaped with the victory.
NKU shot 56.5
percent from the field in the second half to pull out the victory.
Quincy made just 33.3 percent of its shots the entire game, but
the Lady Hawks pulled down 21 offensive rebounds. Winner scored
12 points and blocked three shots for NKU, while Graham and Karyn
Creager each added nine points. The Norse collected 10 blocked shots
as a team.
had eight points and four blocks for NKU, and Nicole Chiodi finished
with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. NKU leads the
all-time series with Quincy, 19-6, and the Norse have won the last
four games against the Lady Hawks.
LAST TIME AGAINST SIUE: On Dec. 2, 2006, Amber Shelton
hit a short jumper with 3.8 seconds remaining to give SIUE a 65-64
upset over No. 10 NKU in Regents Hall. The Cougars rallied from
a 62-57 deficit in the final 2:34 of the game to defeat NKU in Regents
Hall for the first time since 1998.
with a game-high 24 points, including 17 in the second half. She
did the bulk of her offensive damage off the dribble, either hitting
short jumpers or driving to the basket.
a slow start and built a 50-44 lead with 11:44 left on Nicole Chiodi’s
conventional three-point play. Shelton responded with six straight
points to tie the game at 50-all with 8:29 remaining, and Elyse
Morris gave the Cougars a 52-50 lead with a layup a minute later.
with a 10-2 run to take a 60-54 advantage with 4:30 remaining. Angela
Healy capped the spurt with a basket off an assist from Betsey Clark.
Healy finished with 21 points and nine rebounds.
basket with 1:29 left gave NKU a 64-61 lead, and that turned out
to be the Norse’s final score. Shelton drew a foul with 1:08
left and hit a pair of free throws to bring SIUE within a point
at 64-63. She then stole a pass by Chiodi and appeared on her way
to a layup, but Winner hustled back and prevented Shelton from scoring
by knocking the ball out of her hands.
After a timeout,
SIUE ran the clock down and put the ball into Shelton’s hands.
She maneuvered into the lane and hit a short jumper to give the
Cougars the road upset.