Ky. - The defending NCAA Division II national champions from Northern
Kentucky University continue to stockpile talent for next season,
and the latest addition for the Norse women’s basketball team
is Morehead State University transfer Brandi Rayburn.
A 2006 graduate
of West Carter High School, Rayburn played two seasons at Morehead
State. The 6-foot forward saw action in 29 games for the Eagles
last season and averaged 7.6 points per contest. She also knocked
down 40 shots from 3-point range and made 84 percent of her free-throw
Morehead State in scoring four times and collected two double-doubles
last season. Her top performance was a 21-point, 12-reboound effort
against Eastern Kentucky. Rayburn also scored 15 points and grabbed
12 rebounds against Tennessee Tech.
knows how to score, and she can really shoot the 3-pointer,”
NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “We may need her to play
inside as well next season, but she is a talented scorer. After
getting a lot of minutes the past two years at Morehead State, she
also brings experience, and we’re excited about having Brandi
join our program.”
As a freshman,
Rayburn averaged 6.3 ppg and scored in double figures five times
for Morehead State. She also connected on 85 percent of her free
A native of
Olive Hill, Ky., Rayburn scored 1,888 career points and grabbed
1,001 rebounds at West Carter. She averaged 18.2 points, 7.6 rebounds
and 3.6 assists as a senior en route to earning 16th Region Player
of the Year honor.
was named the most valuable player of the Kentucky-Ohio all-star
game after her senior season. She lettered four times in basketball
at West Carter.
Rayburn is the
fifth newcomer Winstel has added for next season, joining incoming
freshmen Sadie Bowling, Stephanie Hodges, Whitney Levering and Casse
back three starters from its NCAA Division II national championship
team. The Norse finished 28-8 this past season en route to capturing
their second national championship. NKU also won the 2000 NCAA Division
II national title.