Winner drives against UK
- For most of Wednesday evening, Northern Kentucky University was
right in the game with NCAA Division I powerhouse University of
Kentucky in Memorial Coliseum.
however, helped No. 16 UK pull out a hard-fought 77-60 win over
the Norse. Mahoney scored a career-high 28 points as the Wildcats
knocked off NKU - ranked No. 15 nationally in the NCAA Division
II poll - in an exhibition game.
Mahoney was one of three players in double figures for the Wildcats,
who shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) from the floor and limited NKU
to just 43.8 percent (21-of-48) shooting from the field.
“Sam played well tonight,” UK head coach Mickie DeMoss
said. “I was pleased with her offensively. She came up with
some steals on the defensive end. I think she is playing with a
lot of confidence right now and she played like an all-star. I thought
she really stepped up and took lead of the team and shot the ball
Jenny Pfeiffer added 13 points, and Carly Ormerod added 12 points
on 4-for-7 shooting from the field. Senior forward Jennifer Humphrey
led the rebounding effort with seven boards.
Kentucky, which held a 48-45 lead with 16:06 remaining in the game,
went on a 10-4 run over the next five minutes to go ahead 58-49
on a resounding 3-pointer by Pfeiffer. From there, the Wildcats
continued to roll.
UK went on a 9-0 run to go ahead 71-54 with 3:55 remaining in the
game on a basket by Pfeiffer. Mahoney had four points during that
After getting off to a slow start, Kentucky took a 41-33 lead into
the locker room at halftime after closing the opening period on
an 8-2 run. UK shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the floor in the
opening period and was led by Mahoney’s 17 points.
Healy takes the ball to the basket
Kentucky obviously prepared for us and I know our players depend
a lot on scouting reports and we just gave them a few things because
we didn’t get any tape on them,” DeMoss said.
good that we saw it and I am glad we won the game, but I was more
disappointed in our defense and our rebounding.”
The Wildcats and Norse battled evenly to begin the game before Kentucky
took a 17-15 advantage after back-to-back 3-pointers by Ormerod
and Mahoney. Mahoney’s trey sparked a 5-0 Kentucky run that
put the Cats ahead 19-15 on a jumper by Pfeiffer just inside the
arc at the 11:27 mark.
The Norse didn’t
give up however, rallying to go back in front 22-21.
led NKU with 11 points, and Katie Butler added 10 points off the
bench. Brittany Winner added eight points, six rebounds and four
assists, while teammate Keri Finnell netted seven points off the
NKU won the
rebounding battle against the taller Wildcats by a 30-28 margin.
The Wildcats hold a 10-4 edge over the Norse in the all-time series,
but this marked the first exhibition game between the two schools
in women's basketball.
NKU will travel
to Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 6 to meet Indiana in Assembly Hall
in its final exhibition game. The Norse will begin their regular
season at home on Nov. 21 against Midway (Ky.).
NKU is the favorite
in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division. The Norse return
11 players from last year’s 27-5 squad, including all five