Women’s Basketball Key Players

The NKU women’s basketball team is coming to the court with one lone senior this season. However, according to Dawn Plitzuweit, women’s head basketball coach, the team has a core group of girls that will lead them this season.

Plitzuweit named Kayla Thacker, Melody Doss, Kaitlyn Gerrety, Christine Roush and Rianna Gayheart as the team’s key players for this season.

“That group has experience,” Plitzuweit noted. “They played crucial minutes last year. I’m looking for that core group of kids to be leaders on the court, in the locker room and on the bench. They are a high energy group and a fun group to be around. They have an understanding of the games ins and outs and have a high desire and determination.”


NKU_Womens_Basketball_Headshots_Kody_09-24-2013_0002Kayla Thacker #24

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5’10”

Hometown: Mount Washington, Ky.

Quote: “Kayla played the most minutes on the court last season,” Plitzuweit said. “She played more minutes than anyone in the A-Sun. She deflects passes, makes great offensive and defensive rebounds. She has and will continue to make a lot happen on the court.”




NKU_Womens_Basketball_Headshots_Kody_09-24-2013_0013Melody Doss #31

Position: Forward

Year: Junior

Height: 6’0”

Hometown: Greenwood, Ind.

Quote: “Melody will play quite a bit,” Plitzuweit said. “She has the ability to score and shoot from the arch. She has a good floor sense and defensively understands well. We anticipate she’ll see a lot of the court.”




KaitlyNKU_Womens_Basketball_Headshots_Kody_09-24-2013_0018n Gerrety #32

Position: Center

Year: Junior

Height: 6’1”

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Quote: “Gerrety will provide a lot of key action for us,” Plitzuweit said. “She’s a very good defender, very good rebounder. She can score from anywhere on the court.”




Rianna Gayheart #5NKU_Womens_Basketball_Headshots_Kody_09-24-2013_0027

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5’7”

Hometown: Owenton, Ky.

Quote: “Rianna played crucial minutes for us last year,” Plitzuweit said. “She made the A-Sun all-freshman team last year. She will see a lot of action on the court and the ball will be in her hands quite a bit.”





Christine Roush #10

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5’11”

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

Quote: “Roush was a contributor and scorer last year,” Plitzuweit said. “Christine started as a freshman. She can drive the basket. We will be trying to get the ball to her.”