DETROIT - Solid
defense and excellent free-throw shooting usually add up to a victory
in college basketball.
That was certainly
the case Saturday afternoon as Northern Kentucky University cruised
to a 76-48 win over Wayne State at the Matthaei Complex. The Warriors
made just 27.5 percent of their shots from the field against the
NKU defense, which recorded eight blocks.
scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Norse, who
improved to 3-0. Graham also added three assists for NKU, which
used 37-for-46 shooting from the free-throw line to coast to the
Graham, a junior
forward from Kettering, Ohio, converted 11 free throws in 14 attempts.
Two years ago in the same gym, Graham scored a career-high 28 points
to lead NKU to a 69-62 win over Wayne State.
made three 3-point shots and scored 14 points for the Norse. Creager
drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game
as NKU jumped out to a 12-4 lead.
came off the bench and scored six of NKU’s next eight points
as the Norse extended the lead to 20-6. Butler finished with 13
points for NKU, which placed all 11 players in the scoring column.
NKU built a 39-22 lead at halftime as Graham scored 13 points.
The Norse used a 16-7 run to begin the second half to extend the
advantage to 55-29 with 11:18 left in the game. Creager hit another
3-pointer and made three free throws to key the spurt, while Butler
added five points during the run.
scored seven points and had five rebounds for NKU, which gave head
coach Nancy Winstel her 514th career victory. The Norse won the
rebounding battle by a 44-37 margin as Angela Healy grabbed a game-high
had six points and two blocks, while Creager and Cassie Brannen
each recorded two blocked shots. Joy Nash and Chastidy Miller each
scored 10 points to lead Wayne State, which dropped top 2-3.
NKU leads the
all-time series with Wayne State, 6-0.
The Norse will
begin Great Lakes Valley Conference play Thursday with a 5:30 p.m.
game against Rockhurst (Mo.) in Regents Hall.
Two days later
in Regents Hall, NKU will entertain No. 2 Drury at 1 p.m.