Healy scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds - both career
bests - to lead NKU past No. 22 St. Rose (N.Y.) on Thursday.
- The warm weather in Florida definitely agreed with Angela Healy
during Northern Kentucky University's showdown with powerful St.
Rose (N.Y.) on Thursday.
in 24 points and dominated the glass by hauling down 16 rebounds
to lead No. 17 NKU past No. 22 St. Rose, 74-63, in the Florida Southern
Holiday Classic. Healy's totals were both career highs, and the
6-foot-1 junior added two assists in 28 minutes of action.
The former Highlands
High School standout was 11-for-14 from the free-throw line and
6-for-9 from the field.
say enough about the play of Angela Healy," NKU head coach
Nancy Winstel said. "She has been a rock for us all season
and she was outstanding against a very good inside group of players
for St. Rose.
a little fired up at halftime because it was such a physical game,
but I told her we needed her in the game. She agreed and did a great
job of battling, and she controlled the rebounding the entire game."
added 11 points, five steals and four rebounds for NKU (6-3),
which was 31-for-44 from the free-throw line. The Norse limited
St. Rose (9-3) to 37.9 percent shooting from the field and forced
20 turnovers from the Golden Knights.
NKU shook off
a slow start and twice led by nine points in the first half. St.
Rose, however, rallied and pulled within 31-26 at the break. The
Norse held the Golden Knights to 33.3 percent shooting in the first
half, but NKU made just 32 percent of its own shots before intermission.
one of the best games defensively we have played this season, and
we made plays on offense when we had to," Winstel said. "We
gutted this one out. It was good for our psyche, because we were
coming off a loss (to Grand Valley State) just before Christmas,
and we knew we would have our hands full with St. Rose. They are
good from both inside and outside, and we had to work for this one."
NKU held a 60-52
lead with 4:12 remaining in the game after a basket by Katie Butler,
but St. Rose scored the next five points to cut the Norse advantage
to 60-57 with 3:22 left. After Butler made one of two free throws,
Winner stepped up and made one of the biggest plays of the game
by scoring a basket while being fouled off an assist from Karyn
Creager. Winner knocked down the free throw to finish the conventional
three-point play and extended NKU's lead to 64-57.
Healy made five
free throws in the final minute to seal the win for NKU. Creager
scored nine points and extended her streak of consecutive made free
throws to 24. Creager, a senior guard from Leipsic, Ohio, owns the
school record of 27 straight made free throws, which she set two
not there yet, but we might look back on our season and say this
was the turning point for us," Winstel said.
Mary Lewis led
St. Rose with 15 points. It marked the first meeting between the
two perennial powers since the 2000 NCAA Division II Elite Eight
at Pine Bluff, Ark., when NKU knocked off then-No. 1 and unbeaten
St. Rose en route to the national championship.
NKU will play
Mercyhurst (Pa.) at 2 p.m. Friday. Mercyhurst is a member of the
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and NKU is 2-1
against teams from that league this season.