Brackman (20) is hoping to help NKU defend both its GLVC East
Division title and NCAA Division II national championship.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team opens its Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule Thursday with
a road game at Indianapolis. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
NKU is 2-0 after
posting a 78-38 win over Mercyhurst (Pa.) on Nov. 24. The Norse
are ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.
enters Thursday with an 8-1 record. That game can be heard live
on WIOK (107.5 FM) or on the Internet at www.nkunorse.com.
START: NKU senior guard Jessie Slack is averaging 22.5
points per game. Slack netted a career-high 26 points against Mercyhurst
on 12-for-17 shooting from the field.
Slack is shooting
71.4 percent from both the field and 3-point range (5-for-7). She
also averages 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Thursday with 934 career points as a college player. She began her
career at East Carolina and scored 438 points in two seasons. Slack
currently has scored 496 points at NKU.
1,000: NKU senior post player Cassie Brannen needs 16 points
to become the 25th member of the Norse’s 1,000-point club.
Brannen averages 13.5 ppg this season and has 984 points in her
career. She is also perfect (10-for-10) at the free-throw line in
SOPH: NKU sophomore center Kendra Caldwell averages 9.5
ppg and 6.0 rebounds. She also leads NKU with four blocked shots
in the two victories.
MO: Norse freshman guard Casse Mogan has made an immediate
impact by averaging 9.0 ppg and 4.5 rebounds. Mogan is shooting
70 percent from the field and has three steals.
PASSING: NKU senior guard Danyelle Echoles leads the team
with eight assists. She dished out five assists against Mercyhurst
on Nov. 24. Echoles also averages 7.5 ppg and is perfect (7-for-7)
from the free-throw line.
RULES: NKU is limiting the opposition to 31.9 percent shooting
from the field. The Norse also own a +13.0 rebounding margin.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On March 14, 2008, in the
opening round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional at Springfield,
Mo., NKU rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to knock
off Indianapolis, 55-54, at Weiser Gym. The fourth-seeded Norse
stormed back with a 35-15 run after falling behind by a 35-20 score
early in the second half.
jumped out to a 26-10 lead in the first half. The Norse made just
21.7 percent of their shots from the field in the first half and
trailed 33-20 at the break. Indianapolis scored the first basket
of the second half to take a 35-20 lead, and that’s when NKU
responded in big-time fashion. Angela Healy keyed an 11-2 run with
seven points as the Norse crept back to within six points (37-31)
with 14:59 left on the clock.
holding a 44-36 lead and 9:10 remaining, Danyelle Echoles took over
with her outside shooting. She drained a trio of 3-pointers during
the next four minutes. Her final trey cut the Indianapolis lead
to 50-49 with 4:36 left.
NKU capped an
11-0 run with three straight baskets by Jessie Slack, Cassie Brannen
and Healy to take a 55-50 lead with 2:11 remaining. Indianapolis
countered by making four consecutive free throws to pull within
55-54 with 49 seconds left, and the Greyhounds later took possession
after a shot-clock violation by NKU.
had a final chance to win in the closing seconds, but Isabell Rhenwrick
missed a driving layup and Healy grabbed the rebound. Echoles was
fouled and missed the front end of the bonus with 2.4 seconds left,
but she rebounded her own miss and time expired. Healy scored 18
points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead NKU, which beat Indianapolis
for the third time in 2007-08.
AGAINST INDY: NKU has beaten Indianapolis eight straight
times. The Greyhounds have not defeated the Norse since Dec. 2,
2004, when Indianapolis posted a 61-58 win over NKU.
APPROACHES 600TH WIN: NKU head coach Nancy Winstel enters
Thursday with 589 victories during her college coaching career,
which began at Midway (Ky.) College. Winstel has recorded 550 wins
as NKU head coach, and she collected 39 victories in three seasons
as the head coach at Midway.
GAME AT SIUE: The NKU women will remain on the road and
play at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville at 4 p.m. Saturday. SIUE
is a former GLVC member which reclassified to NCAA Division I status
after last season.
LAST TIME AGAINST SIUE: On March 4, 2008, in the first
round of the GLVC Tournament, NKU held SIUE scoreless the final
10:02 of the game and rallied for a 68-56 win over the Cougars in
converted a layup with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the
second half to put SIUE up by five (56-51) before the Norse responded
with a 17-0 run to end the contest.
and Cassie Brannen accounted for eight points during the stretch
to go along with five rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two
steals. Brannen finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four
blocks, while Healy added 12 points, eight boards, four assists
and three rejections.
led NKU with 17 points, while Danyelle Echoles added 16. The Norse
shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half and finished
8-for-19 from 3-point range.