Butler scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds during
a 75-64 loss at Lewis on Saturday. NKU is now 7-5 overall,
1-4 in the GLVC.
Ill. - A season which began with so much promise has instead turned
into a difficult journey, and Northern Kentucky University has reached
the symbolic crossroads in its attempt to defend its Great Lakes
Valley Conference championship.
NKU is in a
tough situation after suffering a 75-64 loss against a red-hot Lewis
team Saturday afternoon. The 18th-ranked Norse, chosen as preseason
favorites in the GLVC East poll after capturing last year's championship,
dropped to 1-4 in the conference, 7-5 overall.
NKU lost its
fourth straight GLVC game dating back to a 65-64 setback to Southern
Illinois at Edwardsville on Dec. 2. With GLVC home games coming
up against Missouri-Rolla and Missouri-St. Louis this week, NKU
needs to locate the magic of last season in a hurry. Norse head
coach Nancy Winstel said no one is ready to panic about the 1-4
GLVC start, and there were positives to be found in the Lewis game.
some good things in this game, but we just came up a little short
at the end," Winstel said. "We worked very hard at getting
the ball inside, but we just didn't finish. We drew fouls, but we
didn't shoot it from the line particularly well.
is playing really well right now, and you can't give a good team
like that multiple chances. We are going to build from this one
Lewis used its
1-2 offensive punch of Darcee Schmidt and Mary Moskal to down NKU
on Saturday, as those two players combined for 55 points and 16
rebounds. Schmidt gunned in 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting from
the field, and she added eight rebounds. Moskal, last season's GLVC
Player of the Year, finished with 23 points and eight rebounds.
two were tough to stop, but I thought we had (Lewis) where we wanted
them," Winstel said. "They just made some plays, and we
didn't. But we competed hard, and I found out some good things about
our players today."
5-1 GLVC) shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half to
take a 43-33 lead at the break. The Flyers held a 12-point advantage
midway through the second half, but NKU used a 14-4 run to pull
within 59-57 with 8:31 remaining in the game.
a layup that would have tied it up," Winstel said. "We
had some opportunities and just did not capitalize."
Lewis - which
had beaten Grand Valley State and Bellarmine in the past week -
responded to the NKU run. Schmidt made two free throws to extend
Lewis' lead to 61-57, and Jennifer Green followed with a 3-point
field goal to give the Flyers a 64-57 advantage.
and Angela Healy each scored 13 points to lead NKU. Creager's school-record
streak of made free throws ended at 34 straight when she missed
the second of two attempts at the line in the second half. As a
team, NKU was 18-for-26 at the line.
finished with 12 points and is two shy of joining the NKU 1,000-point
club. Katie Butler added 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench
for NKU. Brittany Winner dished out a team-leading six assists for
the Norse, and Cassie Brannen scored seven points off the bench.
we will build on this and correct some of the other things,"