- Karmen Graham’s inside scoring and Northern Kentucky University’s
stingy defense produced a 62-50 win over Missouri-Rolla on Saturday
14 of her 19 points in the first half as NKU built a nine-point
lead at the break. The 6-foot-1 junior post player also came through
with a clutch three-point play in the second half as the Norse held
off a late rally by Missouri-Rolla.
nine rebounds and made all nine of her free-throw attempts for NKU,
which improved to 12-3 overall, 6-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Brittany Winner and Angela Healy each scored 11 points as the Norse
won their sixth straight game.
was our best road victory of the season, and it came against a very
good team,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “Other
than the first three or four minutes of the second half, I thought
we really executed our game plan. But we made big plays to win a
really tough road game.”
(11-3 overall, 5-2 GLVC) rallied from an early seven-point deficit
to pull even at 15-all on two free throws by Nicole Dierking. NKU,
however, closed the first half with a 14-5 run to take a 29-20 advantage
The Norse extended
their lead to 11 points early in the second half, but Missouri-Rolla
battled back and pulled to within 40-37 with 9:12 left in the game
on a basket by Jaime Forsberg. Healy and Katie Butler answered for
NKU with baskets - both assisted by Karen Brackman - on the next
two possessions to extend the Norse lead to 44-37.
the win for NKU with 1:43 remaining when she powered in for a basket
while being fouled by Deosha Agnew. She completed the conventional
three-point play by sinking the free throw to give the Norse a 55-44
leading scorer in the GLVC, upped her season average to 16.1 points
per game. She is also shooting 55.6 percent from the field and has
made 80.9 percent of her free throws. In addition, Graham has a
streak of nine consecutive games scoring in double figures.
NKU - which
has not allowed an opponent to reach 60 points in a game this season
- limited Missouri-Rolla to 31.1 percent shooting from the field
and won the rebounding battle by a 39-36 margin. The Norse were
20-for-25 from the line, including 14-of-18 shooting in the second
finished with eight points for NKU, and Nicole Chiodi had a team-leading
four steals. Dierking led Missouri-Rolla with 19 points on 7-for-23
shooting from the field.
NKU will play
host to Lewis (10-5 overall, 6-1 GLVC) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in
Regents Hall. Lewis is in first place in the GLVC East standings,
while NKU trails the Flyers by one game in the GLVC East.
NKU and Lewis
split two meetings last season, with each team winning at home.