Graham scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds as NKU posted
a 61-54 win at Kentucky Wesleyan.
- In a must-win situation Thursday night, Northern Kentucky University
showed it's still a factor in the Great Lakes Valley Conference
by posting a 61-54 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan.
The Norse dominated
the rebounding, hit key free throws late in the game and made big
plays the entire evening. NKU improved to 10-5 overall, 4-4 in the
GLVC. It marked the first road win of the season for NKU, which
is now 1-3 against teams in the GLVC East Division.
and Karmen Graham each scored 11 points to lead the Norse. Angela
Healy added 10 points and nine rebounds for NKU.
been talking defense all week. Our game plan was to do some things
to defend Kentucky Wesleyan a certain way, and our players made
it work with their intensity," NKU head coach Nancy Winstel
said. "They were really focused, and I can't say enough good
things about our players. Our guard play was really solid, and Graham
battled inside and made some big free throws.
made some big plays for us in the second half, and Nicole Chiodi
hit two huge free throws in the final minute when Wesleyan was making
a comeback. We kept our poise, and this is a huge win."
Creager, a senior
guard from Leipsic, Ohio, added two blocked shots and four rebounds.
She now has 905 career points at NKU and is looking to become the
23rd player in Norse women's basketball history to reach 1,000 points.
joined NKU's 1,000-point club last week, grabbed five rebounds and
was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. The Norse built a 30-16 halftime
lead by holding Kentucky Wesleyan (12-4, 5-3 GLVC) to 19.2 percent
shooting from the field.
rallied in the second half behind the 3-point shooting of Laura
McClintic (22 points), but NKU made 93.8 percent of its free throws
(15-for-16) to hold on for the road victory. NKU also used a 43-30
rebounding advantage to key the victory.
I like is the rebounding advantage we had in this game," Winstel
said. "We did an outstanding job of keeping them off the boards."
scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds for NKU, while teammate
Brittany Winner added eight points and six rebounds. The Norse lead
the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan, 45-4.
NKU wraps up
the road trip Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Southern Indiana. The
Eagles (11-5 overall, 5-3 GLVC) lost to Bellarmine, 68-61, Thursday
night at Evansville, Ind.