- Karmen Graham scored 16 points, including a key basket in the
final minute of the game, as the Northern Kentucky University women’s
basketball team posted a 58-56 win over Indianapolis on Saturday
in Nicoson Hall.
Graham, a 6-foot-1
junior post player, also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as NKU
improved to 5-2 overall, 2-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Brittany Winner added 14 points and four assists for the Norse,
who limited Indianapolis to 9-for-24 shooting (37.5 percent) from
the field in the second half.
basket with 34 seconds remaining gave NKU a 56-52 lead, but Vanessa
Jackson countered by making a jumper with 24 seconds left to bring
Indianapolis within 56-54.
fouled Karyn Creager with 21 seconds remaining, and the NKU junior
guard made one of two free throws to extend the Norse advantage
to 57-54. Mandy Geryak’s layup with nine seconds remaining
cut the NKU lead to 57-56, and Indianapolis fouled Betsey Clark
with 6.4 seconds left on the clock.
the first free throw, but she converted the second attempt to give
NKU a 58-56 lead. Indianapolis had an opportunity to send the game
into overtime, but Geryak’s jumper missed at the buzzer.
with 10 points and two steals for NKU, which bounced back from a
three-point loss at Saint Joseph’s on Thursday. The Norse
rallied from a 47-45 deficit with 6:22 remaining behind a pair of
baskets from Winner, whose layup at the 5:37 mark gave NKU a 49-47
eventually tied the game at 52-all on a steal and basket by Deanna
Thomson, but Angela Healy’s jumper off an assist from Nicole
Chiodi with 1:22 remaining gave NKU the lead for good.
Indianapolis (5-2, 1-2 GLVC) with 12 points, and Amanda Norris added
11 points. Eileen Patton came off the bench and finished with seven
points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Greyhounds.
NKU will play
host to the Sunday Challenger Classic Dec. 19-20 in Regents Hall.
The Norse meet West Virginia Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. in the opening