Ill. - Katie Butler celebrated her 21st birthday Saturday afternoon
by giving her Northern Kentucky University teammates a lesson in
long-range shooting during the Norse’s game against Lewis.
With NKU trailing 22-17,
Butler came off the bench and made two 3-point shots to ignite a
16-2 run that gave the Norse a 33-24 lead. The 6-foot-1 junior finished
with 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals as NKU coasted to
a 75-65 win over Lewis in the Neil Carey Arena.
Butler did a great job of making the open shot from the perimeter,
and that was a big key to this win,” NKU head coach Nancy
Winstel said. “We had a lot of people play very well in this
game, and it’s a big road victory against a very talented
scored eight points in the first half, also added two assists in
21 minutes of action. She finished 3-for-6 from 3-point range.
Karmen Graham and Brittany
Winner combined for 34 points and nine assists to lead the Norse
offensive attack. Graham scored 18 points and had three assists
for NKU, which improved to 23-4 overall, 16-3 in the Great Lakes
Winner added 16 points
and six assists as the Norse rebounded from an upset loss at Wisconsin-Parkside
on Thursday night, a setback that snapped NKU’s winning streak
at 16 games.
“Karmen was tough
inside, and (Brittany Winner) does a lot of things on the court
that you don’t see on the stat sheet,” Winstel said.
“I thought our entire team responded very well after the loss
at Parkside, and this is a positive way to enter the GLVC Tournament.”
Cassie Brannen added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals for
NKU, which is ranked No. 20 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.
The Norse led by as many as 17 points in the second half and won
the GLVC East Division title outright over Lewis (18-9 overall,
Brannen, a candidate for GLVC Freshman of the Year honors, made
all five of her attempts from the field and was 4-for-5 at the line.
Shante Glenn and Mary Moskal each scored 20 points to lead Lewis.
NKU will be the No. 1 seed from the East Division at the GLVC Tournament,
which begins Thursday at Evansville, Ind. The Norse will meet Missouri-St.
Louis (16-11 overall) in the first round in Roberts Stadium.
Missouri-St. Louis claimed the No. 4 seed from the West Division
by posting a road win at Southern Indiana on Saturday. NKU defeated
Missouri-St. Louis in their only meeting during the regular season,
66-57, at St. Louis, Mo.
NKU is ranked
third in the latest NCAA II Great Lakes Region poll.
and times for the GLVC Tournament will be announced Saturday night.
All GLVC Tournament games will be played in Roberts Stadium.