Creager extended her streak of consecutive made free throws
to 33 Thursday night to break her own school record of 27.
Creager finished with 16 points as NKU dropped a 66-57 decision
- Basketball purists are quick to point out that free-throw shooting
is a lost art in today's game. Just don't direct that kind of talk
at Northern Kentucky University's Karyn Creager, who shattered her
own school record for consecutive made free throws during a 66-57
loss at Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday night.
the game having knocked down 26 straight freebies, one shy of the
NKU record she set two years ago. The senior guard wasted no time
in eclipsing her own mark by making two free throws early in the
Ohio, native finished with 16 points and extended her streak to
33 by going 7-for-7 at the line, but NKU (7-4 overall, 1-3 Great
Lakes Valley Conference) could not overcome 62.5 percent shooting
from the field by Wisconsin-Parkside. The Rangers shot 25-for-40
from the field and used a 12-1 run in the second half to turn a
37-35 deficit into a 47-38 lead with 10:23 remaining in the game.
did not defend at critical times. Our defense was down, and their
aggressiveness was up," NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said.
"We have put so much pressure on our defense, but our defense
is average at best, and I hate to say that.
to compete at a higher level for 40 minutes. I know our players
are frustrated, and I'm frustrated. Wisconsin-Parkside was getting
layups on screen-and-rolls, and we work on defending it all the
Kari Score and
Mackenzie Heise combined for 38 points to lead Wisconsin-Parkside.
Score led Wisconsin-Parkside (10-3 overall, 3-2 Great Lakes Valley
Conference) with 20 points, and Heise added 12 of her 18 points
in the second half. Score finished 7-for-11 from the field, while
Mackenzie was 8-for-12.
two players really hurt us," Winstel said. "They went
to war and took the ball to us."
Norse took a 29-27 halftime lead, but Wisconsin-Parkside countered
during the final 20 minutes by shooting 66.7 percent from the field
and 75 percent from 3-point range. Ashley Ferguson finished with
12 points as the Rangers knocked off NKU for the third straight
year in DeSimone Gymnasium.
added 15 points and eight rebounds for NKU, while teammate Brittany
Winner scored 10 points, dished out four assists and had two steals.
The Norse made just 34.8 percent of their shots from the field in
the second half and finished at 40 percent for the game.
scored seven points for NKU, and Karmen Graham added four points.
Graham needs 14 points to join the NKU 1,000-point club.
its two-game GLVC road trip Saturday at Lewis. The Flyers own an
11-2 record and lead the GLVC East with a 4-1 mark after defeating
Bellarmine on Thursday.
to wake up fast, or it is going to be a long second half of the
season," Winstel said.