attempts a shot Tuesday
Ky. - They waited one year, two months and eight days for Georgetown
(Ky.) to return to Regents Hall, the site of a 21-point loss to
the NAIA powerhouse that started the 2004-05 season.
40 hard-fought minutes Tuesday night, the Northern Kentucky University
women’s basketball team gained a form of redemption with a
57-51 victory against Georgetown in Regents Hall. The Norse used
a 10-0 run late in the second to rally past the Tigers, who entered
the game ranked No. 16 in the NAIA poll.
to 15-3 overall, and the Norse extended their winning streak to
nine consecutive games. Georgetown had its seven-game winning streak
snapped and dropped to 16-5 with the setback.
NKU began the
game by hitting eight of its first nine shots to build a 19-6 lead
when Karyn Creager buried a jumper with 13:38 left in the half.
Georgetown, however, employed full-court pressure, closed the half
with a 17-6 run and trailed by just a 27-26 score at the break.
know we were fired up just because of what happened last year,”
Creager said, referring to last season’s 85-64 loss to Georgetown.
“When we started off, we were rolling. We got into foul trouble,
and that slowed our intensity a little bit. The press got to us,
and it was kind of the snowball effect.”
press forced 15 NKU turnovers in the first half. The Tigers were
also 12-for-16 at the free-throw line before halftime, while NKU
made its only two attempts at the charity stripe.
“We were throwing
the ball away. We didn’t execute and we didn’t make
some baskets. We lost our momentum and intensity,” NKU head
coach Nancy Winstel said. “The thing about it is that we’re
getting better offensively, but we just need to keep doing what
we’ve been doing. When you start throwing the ball away, then
all you’re doing is playing defense. Our defense won the game
Creager scores while being fouled
used a 9-1 spurt early in the second half to build a 41-35 lead
on a pair of free throws by Julie Leach. After a Meghan Hillman
basket gave Georgetown a 45-40 advantage with 8:22 left in the game,
NKU responded in big-time fashion.
Karmen Graham scored
four straight points to bring NKU within 45-44 with 6:38 remaining
in the game. Cassie Brannen then made one of two free throws to
tie the score at 45-all, and the freshman post player’s basket
later gave NKU a 47-45 lead with 4:40 left.
Creager capped the 10-0
run by sinking a jumper while being fouled. She finished off the
conventional three-point play by making the free throw to give NKU
a 50-45 advantage with 3:54 remaining.
NKU held Georgetown
to 26.9 percent shooting from the field and beat the Tigers by 10
(41-31) on the boards. The Norse also forced Georgetown sophomore
Kim Ingle - who entered the game averaging 19.4 points - into a
3-for-17 shooting performance from the field.
Ingle, who netted 27
points to lead the Tigers past NKU a year ago, finished with 10
points Tuesday night.
“Kim Ingle is
a great player. She’s as good of a perimeter player as anybody
that we play,” Winstel said. “What we tried to do is
deny her the ball as much as possible, and make her work to get
the ball. We put Karyn Creager on her, we put Betsey Clark on her
and we put (Brittany Winner) on her.”
Creager led NKU with
12 points, while Winner added nine points, four assists and five
rebounds. Angela Healy scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore center also had five steals and two blocked
Healy also made a key
3-point shot in the second half that began a momentum swing for
“Well, (Healy) was
missing a lot of layups. She was very frustrated with her game,”
Winstel said of Healy’s 3-pointer, “and I figured that
was as good of a shot that she was going to take tonight. It was a
Brannen fights for position
Nicole Chiodi added eight points and five assists for NKU, which
shot 41.3 percent from the field. Graham finished with eight points
and six rebounds.
NKU will resume Great Lakes Valley Conference play at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday against Bellarmine in Regents Hall. The Knights beat NKU
twice last season, including a 62-54 decision over the Norse in
the first round of the GLVC Tournament.
Creager said the Georgetown game should remind the NKU players
why it’s important to avoid turnovers.
“I think it kind of gave us a wake-up call, realizing that
we do need to take better care of the ball,” Creager said.
“We have to play with more intensity throughout the entire
NKU enters the game Saturday atop the GLVC East standings with
an 8-2 record. Bellarmine is 9-9 overall after suffering a 66-44
loss at Indianapolis on Tuesday. The Knights are 5-5 and in third
place in the GLVC East.