Rayburn attempts a short jumper.
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Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team plays Bellarmine in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley
Conference Tournament at 1 p.m. (Eastern time) Friday in Quincy,
NKU is 25-2
overall and won the GLVC East Division with a 16-2 record. The Norse
are ranked No. 2 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll and No.
1 in the latest NCAA Division II Midwest Region poll.
the GLVC Tournament with a 16-11 overall mark. The Knights finished
with an 8-10 record in the GLVC and qualified as a wild card.
winner faces the Drury/Lewis survivor at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. The
championship game is set for 3 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday.
Quincy is the
overall No. 1 seed and host for the GLVC Tournament. The Lady Hawks
earned the top seed by winning the GLVC West Division with a 16-1
EARNS HONOR: NKU’s Jessie Slack has been named GLVC
Player of the Week in women’s basketball, the league office
Slack, a senior
guard from Mt. Perry, Ohio, averaged 24.5 points and shot 62.5 percent
from the field as NKU won twice to wrap up the GLVC East Division
title. Slack scored 20 of her career-high 32 points in the second
half to lead NKU to a 71-54 win against Bellarmine. She also added
four steals in that game and was 10-for-16 from the field.
Slack scored 17 points and made all seven of her free-throw attempts
in a 77-56 win over Lewis. Slack has now scored in double figures
in 32 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Slack is averaging
16.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. Slack leads GLVC
in free-throw percentage, having made 94 percent of her attempts.
This is the
second time this season Slack has earned the GLVC weekly honor.
She enters the GLVC Tournament with 905 career points at NKU in
just two seasons.
two years at East Carolina and scored 438 points, giving her a total
of 1,343 as a collegiate performer.
ROLL: NKU enters the GLVC Tournament having won eight consecutive
games. The Norse have not lost since Jan. 31, when Wisconsin-Parkside
defeated NKU by a 60-50 score.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: NKU owns an 18-8 all-time record in
the GLVC Tournament, and the Norse have won three GLVC Tournament
championships (1999, 2000 and ‘06). A year ago, NKU defeated
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville (68-56) and Missouri S&T (79-67)
before losing to Drury, 71-67, in the championship game at Springfield,
In 1998, NKU
won a first-round game at home against Bellarmine before losing
at Southern Indiana in the semifinals. The following season, the
GLVC Tournament moved to Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind., and
remained there until 2008. NKU won each of its three GLVC Tournament
titles in Roberts Stadium.
Lantry drives against Lewis.
IMPLICATIONS: NKU, Hillsdale, Quincy and Michigan Tech
are all fighting for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Midwest
Region poll. The top seed will host that event March 13, 14 and
16. All four teams need to win their respective conference tournaments
to have a shot at hosting the Midwest Regional. Hillsdale and Michigan
Tech began the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament
on Tuesday night by posting wins.
NKU has not
hosted an NCAA Division II regional since the 2000 season.
OVER THE FLYERS: NKU freshman forward Sadie Bowling enjoyed
her best collegiate performance last Saturday during a 77-56 win
against Lewis. Bowling scored six points, grabbed six rebounds and
collected three steals in only eight minutes of action in the second
half. For the season, Bowling averages 1.5 ppg and 1.6 rebounds
THIS SEASON: NKU defeated Bellarmine in both regular-season
meetings, the most recent last Thursday (Feb. 26) when the Norse
rallied for a 71-54 victory in Regents Hall. Jessie Slack netted
20 of her career-high 32 points in the second half to lead NKU,
which rallied from a 27-24 halftime deficit. NKU shot 65.2 percent
from the field in the second half to post that win. Slack was the
only NKU player to score in double figures.
In their first
meeting on Jan. 2 at Louisville, Ky., NKU held Bellarmine to just
29.1 percent shooting from the field en route to a 60-53 win. Cassie
Brannen finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Slack and Brandi Rayburn each recorded double-doubles for the Norse.
Slack finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Rayburn added 14
points – all in the first half – and 10 rebounds for
YEARS AGO IN THE FIRST ROUND:
NKU and Bellarmine met in the first round of the GLVC Tournament
on March 4, 2005, at Evansville, Ind., and the Knights pulled out
a 62-54 win against the Norse in Roberts Stadium.
BELLARMINE IN THE GLVC TOURNAMENT: NKU is 4-1 all-time
against Bellarmine in the GLVC Tournament. The Norse defeated the
Knights in 1998, ‘99, 2000 and ‘02. NKU’s only
loss to Bellarmine in GLVC Tournament play took place in 2005.
IN THE FIRST ROUND: NKU is 9-2 all-time in the first round
of the GLVC Tournament. On March 4, 2004, Indianapolis handed NKU
a 67-58 loss in the opening round at Roberts Stadium. The following
season, Bellarmine eliminated NKU in the first round.
MADNESS LOOMS: The NCAA Division II pairings will be announced
Sunday night at 9 p.m. (Eastern time). Both NKU teams are expected
to receive berths in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region.
is a lock to host the men’s regional at Findlay, Ohio. The
NKU women are currently No. 1 in the Midwest Region poll, but the
Norse will likely have to win the GLVC Tournament to maintain that