dishes off an assist
Ky. - For the Kentucky Wesleyan women’s basketball team, a
visit to Regents Hall has always ended with a loss to Northern Kentucky
changed Thursday when the Panthers made their annual visit to play
NKU in Regents Hall.
perfect at home in the all-time series against Kentucky Wesleyan
with a 62-47 win over the Panthers. Karmen Graham scored 20 of her
22 points in the second half as the Norse improved to 22-0 all-time
in Regents Hall against Kentucky Wesleyan.
added 16 points and seven rebounds for NKU, which upped its overall
record to 9-3. Brittany Winner finished with 12 points and eight
rebounds as the Norse moved to 3-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
- playing without its two leading scorers Thursday due to injuries
- dropped to 6-6 overall, 2-3 in the GLVC. The Panthers, however,
jumped out to a 14-9 lead in first 11 minutes of the game as Holly
Mills scored six points.
with an 8-0 run to take a 17-14 lead on a pair of free throws by
Karen Brackman. The Norse settled for a 21-18 halftime advantage
by holding Kentucky Wesleyan to 28 percent shooting from the field.
playing without a couple injured players and when that happens,
you know that teams tend to rise up,” NKU head coach Nancy
Winstel said. “I don’t think that we looked past them
at all because we were practicing very hard for this game.
“I will say to
our credit that in the second half we bounced back. You know that
when you’re at home in the GLVC, you have to play hard.”
Graham shoots against KWC
the nets at a 63.2 percent clip from the field in the second half
and coasted to the win. Graham was 9-for-12 from the free-throw
line and added six rebounds. She also had two blocked shots and
was 6-for-9 from the field.
“We just tried to
go to a cutting and moving offense (in the second half),” Winstel
said. “We tried to move a little bit as opposed to screening.
Kentucky Wesleyan is so quick and they played a smaller line-up. We
wanted to use our size to our advantage.”
came off the bench and blocked three shots for NKU. Karyn Creager
added five points and three assists for the Norse.
NKU with four assists - all in the second half. She also scored
eight points after the break.
What was the
difference in the second half?
we kind of changed our offense. They were trapping the screens,
so we started running our offense where there was just more of a
spread option, so we could run around and cut more,” Winner
weren’t relying on our ball screens because that was what
got us in trouble. I think that opened a lot of things for us.”
Winner, a versatile
5-foot-10 junior forward, helped at the point on Thursday. NKU finished
with 16 assists as a team.
put all the pressure on Nicole (Chiodi) to be our point guard for
40 minutes a game, day in and day out. If I can help out, or if Betsey
(Clark) can help out, then it’s a chance to give Nicole a break.
It’s all about the team,” Winner said.
led Kentucky Wesleyan with 21 points. The Panthers made just 32.7
percent of their shots from the field and lost the rebounding battle
by a 40-26 margin. NKU now leads the all-time series with Kentucky
NKU will play
host to Southern Indiana at 1 p.m. Saturday in a GLVC game.