Ind. - For the first time in nearly 12 years, Saint Joseph’s
walked off the court Thursday night owning a victory against Northern
Kentucky University in women’s basketball.
The Pumas ended
a 23-game losing streak against NKU with a 50-47 win over the Norse
at the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse. It was Saint Joseph’s first
victory against NKU since Feb. 19, 1994, when the Pumas posted a
times, we did not execute our half-court offense,” NKU head
coach Nancy Winstel said. “Over the years, we’ve prided
ourselves on being disciplined and patient, while being aggressive
on offense. I thought Saint Joseph’s did a very good job of
doing things we have done in the past.
you play teams that make you defend, and guard you hard, you have
to be mentally tough and be disciplined. We need to find some answers.”
Michelle Bova scored
13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Saint Joseph’s,
which improved to 5-3 overall, 1-3 in the Great Lakes
Valley Conference. Patience Meyer added 10 points, five rebounds
and three blocked shots for the Pumas, who built a nine-point lead
in the second half and held off a late NKU rally.
Hughes made a pair of free throws with 3:07 remaining to give Saint
Joseph’s a 46-37 lead, Katie Butler drained a 3-pointer to
bring NKU within 46-40 with 2:52 left in the game. Brittany Winner
converted two free throws with 47 seconds left to cut the lead to
46-42, and Bova missed the front end of the bonus.
then made a layup to pull the Norse within 46-44 with 16 seconds
remaining, and Saint Joseph’s would have to earn the win by
making free throws.
was fouled with 12 seconds showing on the clock, and she hit two
free throws to extend the Puma advantage to 48-44. Creager, however,
was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left, and
she made all three free throws to cut the Saint Joseph’s lead
Allison Hughes hit two
free throws with 2.7 seconds left in the game to give the Pumas
a 50-47 lead, and Karmen Graham’s desperation 3-pointer was
off target at the buzzer. Saint Joseph’s won despite shooting
just 31.3 percent from the field in the second half and 40 percent
for the game.
Winner led NKU (4-2,
1-2 GLVC) with 12 points and three steals, but the Norse shot just
21.7 percent (5-for-23) from the field in the second half. Creager
added nine points for NKU, which will play at Indianapolis at 1
Graham and Butler each
scored seven points, while Angela Healy finished with six points
and two steals.