Healy scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday night
during a 65-58 loss at Saint Joseph’s. Healy also had
three steals and two assists.
Ind. - If they were going to have a really bad game, maybe it was
best to get it out of their system now rather than have it occur
in the postseason.
That is no doubt
small consolation to the Norse women of Northern Kentucky University
after watching their 12-game winning streak halted in shocking fashion
by Saint Joseph’s, 65-58, Thursday in the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse.
Nor will it take away the sting of suffering a loss to a Saint Joseph’s
squad in the throes of an 11-game losing streak.
one game and we have to bounce back, but I thought I saw shades
of December in tonight’s game, and I was disappointed in that,”
NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “I didn’t think we
executed on offense, and there were a number of times we tried to
force things without even passing the ball. We did not pass the
ball well at all.”
the game ranked No. 24 nationally and had not lost since Jan. 6.
The Norse already owned a 79-54 win over Saint Joseph’s earlier
this season, and the Pumas were 0-10 against Great Lakes Valley
Conference East Division opponents going into Thursday.
in fact, was 0-7 at home against GLVC teams before Thursday and
already had 21 losses.
It started off
well for NKU, to the tune of a 9-0 lead in the opening 3:10 of the
game. Saint Joseph’s, however, countered with a 13-3 run to
take a 13-12 lead. By halftime, the Pumas owned a 27-25 lead after
holding NKU to 30.3 percent shooting from the field.
The second half
was more of the same for NKU, which made just 32.1 percent of its
shots. The Norse also missed all nine of their attempts from 3-point
range after the break and watched helplessly as Saint Joseph’s
ended their 12-game winning streak.
been playing very well, and you wonder when you are going to have
a bad game,” Winstel said. “I would rather lose on a
last-second shot and play our butts off than kind of get embarrassed,
because I didn’t think our effort was very good. Give Saint
Joseph’s a lot of credit because they are not going to the
GLVC Tournament, and they came out and played very well.”
scored 23 points to lead Saint Joseph's, which led by as many as
11 points in the second half. The Pumas finished with a 40-36 advantage
on the boards.
It marked the
second straight year the Pumas pulled off the upset over NKU in
the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse. Last season, Saint Joseph’s
held off the Norse, 50-47.
led NKU with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Butler scored 10 points
for the Norse, who are 19-6 overall, 13-5 in the GLVC.
scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds for NKU, which closes
out the regular season Saturday with a road game against Indianapolis
at 5:30 p.m. Karyn Creager scored seven and now has 998 career points