Ky. - Brittany Winner’s short jumper with 5.6 seconds remaining
in the game gave the Northern Kentucky University women’s
basketball team a 62-60 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday.
Espenlaub made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left to tie
the game at 60-all, NKU brought the ball up the floor to set up
a final play. Winner, a 5-foot-10 junior forward, drove the lane
and hit a running jumper to give the Norse a 62-60 lead with 5.6
After two timeouts,
Kentucky Wesleyan’s Megan Fletcher attempted a 3-pointer that
missed the mark at the buzzer, and NKU survived the upset bid to
extend its winning streak to 16 consecutive games.
not play our best game, but we did find a way to win at the end,”
NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said.
scored 17 points to lead NKU, which is ranked No. 21 in the NCAA
Division II poll. Angela Healy added 15 points and eight rebounds
for the Norse, who improved to 22-3 overall, 15-2 in the Great Lakes
winning streak is NKU’s longest since the 1999-2000 season,
when the Norse ran off 24 consecutive victories en route to the
NCAA Division II national championship.
NKU built a
50-41 lead with 10:21 left on a basket by Winner, but Kentucky Wesleyan
(13-12 overall, 8-9 GLVC) used an 18-8 run to go up 59-58 on a jumper
by LaTasha Henry with 1:11 remaining in the game. With 55 seconds
left in the game, however, Henry was whistled for a technical foul
after slamming the ball into the floor.
converted both technical free throws to give NKU a 60-59 advantage,
but the Norse turned the ball over on the ensuing possession. Espenlaub
drew a foul with 14 seconds left and made one free throw, setting
the stage for Winner’s go-ahead basket.
finished with six points, 12 rebounds and two steals for NKU, which
shot 47.1 percent from the field. The Norse also won the rebounding
battle by a 38-26 margin and were perfect (11-for-11) from the free-throw
every one of them to win this game,” Winstel said of the free
nine points and two assists for NKU, while Winner finished with
six points. The Norse avenged last season’s 63-48 loss to
Kentucky Wesleyan in the Owensboro Sportscenter and upped their
lead in the all-time series to 44-4.
out the regular season next week with road games at Wisconsin-Parkside
(Thursday at 6:30 p.m.) and Lewis (Saturday at 2 p.m.). The Norse
are ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region