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NKU MAKES IT 15 CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES - Feb. 14, 2006
Norse roll to 82-70 victory at Bellarmine behind Winner, Brannen
 

Brittany Winner

LOUISVILLE, 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.

Brannen scored 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.

Winner added 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.

Karyn Creager 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 break.

Bellarmine 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.

Karmen Graham 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 II poll.

Angela Smith 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.

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