Winner scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and collected
five steals to lead NKU to a 70-56 win at Southern Indiana
on Saturday. Winner, a senior forward from Minster, Ohio,
helped the Norse extend their winning streak to four games.
Ind. - Maybe they were angered by the mere thought of possibly not
qualifying for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
didn't like falling out of the NCAA Division II national rankings
after consecutive losses at Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis. Or maybe
it's just the case of a defending league champion displaying a big
target on its jersey, taking the best shot of each opponent and
now preparing to gel as the postseason draws nearer.
reason, members of the Northern Kentucky University women's basketball
team sent out a forceful message to the rest of the GLVC this weekend
with an impressive road sweep of Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern
Indiana. The Norse's latest victory, a 70-56 drubbing of Southern
Indiana in the PAC Arena on Saturday, came against a team in dire
need of a win on its home floor.
The Eagles began
the afternoon having lost three straight games after starting 5-0
in the GLVC. Though Southern Indiana might have played with an increased
sense of urgency, the Screaming Eagles were no match for NKU's intensity
starts around defense for us. You build your intensity offensively
from it, as well as your intensity for rebounding the ball,"
NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. "We struggled with that
concept early on this season, but we are really buying into it right
now and doing a great job.
so aggressive in the first half, I thought the worst thing that
happened was we had to stop for halftime. Sometimes you leave your
aggressiveness in the locker room. I told our players with this
crowd and in this place, if they make a run, we could be in trouble.
We did not let up, and this was a great road trip to beat a couple
of very good teams."
scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds as NKU won its fourth
straight game and improved to 11-5 overall, 5-4 in the GLVC. The
5-foot-10 senior from Minster, Ohio, also collected five steals
and was 9-for-11 from the free-throw line as the Norse finished
32-for-44 from the line.
B-Dub did a tremendous job for us, especially during the first half,"
Winstel said of Winner.
player Cassie Brannen added 14 points and five rebounds for the
Norse, who won the battle on the glass by a whopping 43-29 margin.
Senior guard Karyn Creager scored 13 points and dished out four
assists, while junior center Angela Healy finished with 12 points
and nine rebounds.
Brannen played great defense and helped everyone," Winstel
said. "Cassie was a presence inside. Karyn isn't as dynamic
or flashy as B-Dub, but she defended No. 40 (Katie Thiesenhusen)
and made big plays all day for us on offense and defense."
came off the bench and scored 16 points to lead Southern Indiana,
which is 11-6 overall, 5-4 in the GLVC.
NKU wasted little
time Saturday, jumping out to a 22-9 lead. When Katie Butler drained
a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left before halftime, the Norse owned
a 34-16 lead. Southern Indiana hit three free throws in the final
seconds to close the gap to 34-19 at the break.
a pair of free throws with 16:07 remaining to give NKU a 45-23 lead,
and the Norse coasted to the victory. Only 23 turnovers prevented
NKU from completely running away from Southern Indiana, which made
just 32.8 percent of its shots from the field.
back in the hunt, and this feels a lot better than when we were
1-4 in the conference," Winstel said. "Our defense is
coming around, and we have a lot of people stepping up and making
home for two games next week, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. contest
Thursday against Indianapolis. The Norse also play host to Saint
Joseph's at 5:30 p.m. next Saturday.