Nov. 28, 2002


Norse ink three preps from Ohio in early signing period

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Nancy Winstel has signed three standout high school players from Ohio for next season.

Betsey Clark (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas High School), Karyn Creager (Leipsic, Ohio/Patrick Henry High School) and Karmen Graham (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont High School) have each signed national letters of intent to attend NKU next year and play women’s basketball for the Norse.

Clark, a 5-foot-9 forward/guard at McNicholas, averaged 10.8 points per game last season as a junior and earned first team All-Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League honors. She was also named first team All-Southwest Ohio and honorable mention All-State.

Creager, a 5-11 forward/guard, averaged 18.6 ppg as a junior and led Patrick Henry to the Northwest Ohio Athletic League championship. She made 90 percent of her free throws as a junior and averaged 5.1 rebounds per game. Creager also had 79 steals and set a state record by making 37 consecutive free throws in 2001-02. She led Patrick Henry to a 23-2 record last season and to the regional finals.

Graham, a 6-1 forward at Kettering Fairmont, averaged 11.7 ppg as a junior and also grabbed 6.9 rpg. She was named the team’s most valuable player and earned second team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference honors as a junior.

The three recruits will join an NKU program that has advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight three times during the past four years. The Norse have either won or shared four consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season titles, and NKU captured the 2000 NCAA Division II national championship.