Ky. - Cassie Brannen and Brittany Winner combined for 35 points
on 13-for-16 shooting from the field Tuesday night as Northern Kentucky
University extended its winning streak to 15 games with an 82-70
victory over Bellarmine.
a career-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for NKU, which
won at Knights Hall for the first time since Jan. 30, 1999. The
freshman also finished 6-for-8 from the field and had three assists.
a career-best 16 points, four rebounds and three assists as the
Norse improved to 21-3 overall, 14-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Winner scored all 16 of her points in the second half and was 7-for-8
from the field as the Norse cruised to the victory.
scored 12 points for the Norse, who bolted to a 23-point lead midway
through the first half. Bellarmine (11-13 overall, 7-9 GLVC) took
advantage of 11 NKU turnovers to slice the lead to 44-29 at the
pulled within six points with 11:55 left in the game, but Winner
responded with a conventional three-point play to give NKU a 55-46
advantage. Winner - who drained the winning shot against the Knights
in a 66-64 victory on Jan. 28 in Regents Hall - later made consecutive
baskets to push the Norse lead to 61-49, and Bellarmine never threatened
the remainder of the game.
NKU shot 56.6
percent from the field and controlled the boards with a 39-25 advantage
in rebounds. Nicole Chiodi grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds,
while Katie Butler finished with five boards.
scored 11 points and collected four rebounds for NKU, which swept
the regular-season series with Bellarmine for the first time in
14 years. The Norse are ranked 21st nationally in the latest Division
led Bellarmine with 19 points, and Dana Beaven added 15. The Knights,
however, shot just 40.4 percent from the field.
NKU will play
at Kentucky Wesleyan at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The Norse own a 1 1/2
game lead over Lewis in the GLVC East Division standings.