Creager led NKU with 21 points
Ky. - The memories still exist from that November evening of two
years ago, but the pain has eased considerably for members of the
Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball program.
(Ky.) visits Regents Hall, however, motivation is automatically
provided to those NKU players who suffered through a 21-point loss
to the NAIA powerhouse two years ago. The Norse - who earned redemption
last year by beating the Tigers in the rematch - made it two in
a row over Georgetown on Wednesday night by easily dispatching the
NAIA visitors, 92-69, in Regents Hall.
every time we hear Georgetown, then (two years ago) is what we think
of and we just get fired up,” said NKU senior guard Karyn
Creager, a sophomore at the time of Georgetown’s 85-64 win
in Regents Hall to begin the 2004-05 season. “I
think we stick to our intensity on defense because we think about
when they came in here and scored a ton of points. They put it to
put it to Georgetown Wednesday night by scoring 21 points to lead
NKU, which improved to 4-1. The Leipsic, Ohio, native connected
on all five of her 3-point attempts and added three assists.
Karyn shoots the ball like that, it takes a lot of pressure off
of our interior game,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy. Georgetown is
a very, very good team and they’re well coached, so we knew
it was going to be a tough game.
a lot of respect for Georgetown. Their coach (Susan Johnson) and
I have known each other forever. I have a lot of respect for her.
I know that her teams are going to come out and defend and press.”
a 23-8 run early in the first half by draining a trio of 3-point
shots. Betsey Clark capped the spurt with a basket that gave NKU
a 25-13 lead with 10:19 left before halftime.
NKU its biggest advantage (39-23) of the first half with 5:03 left
with another 3-pointer, and the Norse cruised into the break with
a 47-36 lead. Creager scored 16 points in the first half, 12 on
believe in (Karyn), and we know that she’s going to hit that
shot,” NKU senior forward Brittany Winner said of Creager’s
long-range shooting. “We kept getting her the ball, and she
kept knocking them down. She knows that we believe in her.”
14 points and dished out five assists for NKU, which shot 63 percent
from the field. The Norse, ranked No. 12 nationally in the NCAA
Division II poll, used 10-for-15 shooting from 3-point range and
finished with a 30-23 rebounding edge.
Winner added 14 points
her NKU debut against Georgetown two years ago, and the Minster,
Ohio, native knew what to expect from the Tigers.
what they’re capable of doing. You can’t underestimate
them,” she said. “You can’t think about them being
NAIA. They’re going to bring it every year and every game.”
added 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for NKU,
while teammate Karmen Graham scored 13 points. Katie Butler reached
double figures with 10 points as the Norse upped their lead in the
all-time series with Georgetown to 11-1.
Cassie Brannen came out and played the way that we need her to play.
Cassie is a very, very important part of our offense,” Winstel
said. “Last week she was sick and just not feeling well. I
don’t know that she ever got her energy in two big games,
so she just struggled. It’s just nice to see her back.”
scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a game-high
seven assists. Angela Healy scored eight points and had three assists
for NKU, which collected 25 assists with its effective passing.
Megan Gray scored
22 points for Georgetown (9-3), which is ranked No. 18 nationally
in the NAIA poll.
It was especially
important for NKU to respond after what happened Saturday afternoon
against Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. The Norse lost in the
closing seconds, 65-64.
is big because we lost on a last-second shot. When you lose a game
like that, everybody is kind of upset with everyone,” Winstel
said. “Coaches are mad at the players, and the players are
mad at the coaches. When you’re in this sport you can go from
great to terrible really fast.”
win was also big for Creager, who suffered through a 1-for-7 shooting
day from the field - including 0-for-5 from 3-point range - in the
SIUE game last Saturday.
just really frustrated against SIUE. I wanted to help out the team,
but I just wasn’t hitting anything,” Creager said. “I
think I was putting too much pressure on myself, and this time I
just kind of relaxed. We talked before the game about going out
there and having fun, and that’s what I tried to do.”
NKU will resume
Great Lakes Valley Conference play Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Bellarmine.