Brannen looks for an opening against the Drury defense during
NKU’s 68-57 loss in the semifinals of the Great Lakes
Valley Conference Tournament. Drury will meet Lewis for the
GLVC title on Sunday.
Ind. - One minute it was a medium-range jumper, and the next time
down the floor it was a 3-pointer from downtown or a driving layup
through the defense of Northern Kentucky University.
You name it,
and Drury’s Molly Carter probably found a way to score in
that fashion during the first half Saturday night in the Great Lakes
Valley Conference Tournament semifinals. Carter netted 18 of her
game-high 27 points in the first half, and Drury knocked off defending
GLVC champion NKU by a 68-57 score in Roberts Stadium.
will meet Lewis for the GLVC title on Sunday. NKU dropped to 21-7,
but the Norse will no doubt receive a berth in the NCAA Division
II Tournament Sunday night when the field is announced at 10 p.m.
the Norse had no answers for Carter defensively in the first half.
She was 7-for-11 from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers to
ignite the Lady Panthers, and Drury took a 34-31 lead at the break.
NKU made just
39.1 percent of its shots from the field in the first half, while
Drury connected on 51.9 percent.
In the second
half, NKU went cold from the field and could not make open shots.
The Norse shot 9-for-33 from the floor, including 3-for-13 from
and Karyn Creager each scored 13 points to lead NKU. Brittany Winner
added 11 points and a team-leading nine rebounds for the Norse,
who earlier this season had knocked off Drury at Springfield, Mo.
added nine points and seven rebounds for NKU, which is ranked No.
3 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll.
Lewis is No.
1 in the poll and is the likely host for the NCAA Division II Great
Lakes Regional. It will begin next Friday with four first-round
games at the site of the No. 1 seed.