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Ky. - Over the years, outstanding defense has made Northern Kentucky
University a national power in women’s basketball.
- No. 1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in stopping the opposition
from scoring in the latest statistics - was at its best in the second
half Saturday afternoon against visiting Southern Indiana.
Southern Indiana to just eight points during the first 10 minutes
of the second half and rolled to a 62-43 victory in Regents Hall.
The Norse defense allowed the Screaming Eagles to shoot only 25
percent from the field in the second half and turned a close game
into a rout.
it was the best 40 minutes we’ve played all year,” NKU
head coach Nancy Winstel said. “We’ve been working very,
very hard, but there’s still room for improvement. I thought
it was, from start to finish, the most focused we were, and we knew
we had to be.”
been living and dying with our defense and trying to get some shots,”
Winstel added. “Our defense has got to be there for us, and
it was really good today.”
led NKU with 12 points and three blocked shots. The 6-foot-1 sophomore
also grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals as the Norse led
by as many as 23 points in the second half.
“We ask Healy
to do so much, and I thought she just did really a good job,”
Winstel said. “She’s never satisfied, and I’m
always on her. She had a great game. She’s one of those kids,
for us, that is really coming into her own at a time when we really
sparked NKU’s first-half run
and Nicole Chiodi each scored 10 points for the Norse, who were
31-for-39 from the free-throw line. NKU also controlled the rebounding
and finished with a 34-26 advantage in that category.
NKU won its
fourth consecutive game and improved to 10-3 overall, 4-2 in the
GLVC. Southern Indiana dropped to 10-7 overall, 2-4 in the GLVC.
Southern Indiana started
off fast and held a 15-8 lead six minutes into the game on a 3-pointer
by Katie Thiesenhusen. NKU, however, responded with a 13-1 run to
gain a 21-16 advantage on Katie Butler’s basket with 5:19
left in the first half.
Butler sparked NKU’s
first-half spurt with two assists and a blocked shot, while Healy
had eight points and two blocks as the Norse took a 29-22 halftime
“I thought that Katie Butler in the first half did a heck
of a job in the post,” Winstel said.
NKU began the second
half with a 17-6 run to take a 46-28 lead on a 3-pointer by Brittany
Winner. Southern Indiana, unable to get anything going offensively
against the NKU defense, never threatened again.
Winner finished with
seven points, seven rebounds and two steals, while Chiodi added
seven rebounds and three steals. Thiesenhusen led Southern Indiana
with 18 points, but leading scorer Jasmine Baines was held to six
points, including just two in the second half.
“I thought we all played well, and we all stepped up,”
Chiodi said. “We did a lot better controlling the tempo.”
A year ago, Southern
Indiana posted a 60-59 victory over NKU in Regents Hall. The Norse
now lead the all-time series by a 32-16 margin.
NKU will begin a two-game
GLVC road trip Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. contest at Missouri-St.