led NKU with 21 points
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University withstood several rallies from
Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday, and Angela Healy scored 21 points
as the Norse extended their winning streak to eight with a 68-62
victory over the Rangers in Regents Hall.
Karyn Creager added
11 points for NKU, which improved to 14-3 overall, 8-2 in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse fought off a late Wisconsin-Parkside
rally behind the clutch
play of Healy, a sophomore center from Highlands High School.
NKU jumped out to a
10-0 lead and appeared ready to make quick work of Wisconsin-Parkside.
The Rangers, however, shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first
half and trailed just 35-29 at the break.
“We got off to a good start, and I just thought they (Wisconsin-Parkside)
raised their intensity level,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel
said. “We didn’t guard as hard as we normally do.
I was disappointed with that, because that’s something that
you have to bring with you every game. That’s something we
have to understand.
have got to play every night. We were fortunate to get this one.”
NKU built a 39-29 advantage
early in the second half, but the Rangers used a 9-2 run to cut
the Norse lead to 41-38 with 14:46 left. NKU answered with another
spurt, which included four points from Katie Butler, to take a 50-41
lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game.
(4-13 overall, 1-8 in the GLVC) would not go away, and guards Ashley
Ferguson, Carrie Schieve and Mackenzie Heise keyed the rally. The
Rangers tied the score twice in the second half but never gained
“I thought (Wisconsin-Parkside)
came in here and worked hard,” Creager said. “Normally,
defense is our bread and butter, but they shot the ball really well.
I thought that we did make some big plays at the end that helped
us pull through and win the game.”
added nine points Saturday
After Wisconsin-Parkside pulled within 62-59 with less than a minute
left in the game, Healy powered in for a layup while being fouled.
She converted the free throw to give NKU a 65-59 lead.
Healy also grabbed five
rebounds and was 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Butler finished with nine points for the Norse, who are ranked fifth
in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. Karen Brackman
added eight points for NKU, and Karmen Graham finished with seven
points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
of scoring in double figures ended at 10 straight games. The junior
post player finished with five assists and also was 5-for-6 from
the free-throw line.
Brittany Winner added
seven points and four steals for NKU, which won despite losing the
rebounding battle by a 35-24 margin. It also marked the first time
this season an opponent scored 60 or more points against the Norse
NKU, however, committed
just nine turnovers the entire game. In fact, the Norse have only
20 total turnovers during the past two games. If that statistic
keeps improving, NKU will be difficult to beat.
“I know in the
last game we only had 11 (turnovers), and that’s what we’ve
been working on the most in practice,” Creager said. “I
think that’s really helped us improve as a team.”
Ferguson led Wisconsin-Parkside
with 20 points, and Schieve added 13 points and six assists. Heise
finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
guard play is as good as anybody’s in the conference. We knew
that going in,” Winstel said. “Schieve, Heise and Ferguson…those
three especially are very, very good players. I’d like to
say that I wish we could have guarded (Ferguson) better.
she got a lot of the points, but I think some of it was us. I don’t
think we defended nearly as well as we usually do.”
The Norse will
play host to NAIA power Georgetown (Ky.) at 7 p.m. Tuesday night
in a non-conference game. NKU
will return to GLVC play next Saturday against Bellarmine at 5:30
p.m. in Regents Hall.