Graham attempts a jumper against IU
Ind. - For the second straight exhibition game, Northern Kentucky
University held its own with a high-profile Division I women’s
A week ago,
it was NKU contesting the University of Kentucky in a hard-fought
battle before losing in the end.
On Monday night,
the Norse forged a 26-24 halftime lead over Indiana in Assembly
Hall. The Hoosiers, however, rallied in the second half for a 74-61
win over NKU.
Jamie Braun's game-high 14 points paced the Hoosiers. Indiana also
blocked nine shots and collected 12 steals to pull away from the
a good opponent," Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said.
"Northern Kentucky is a fantastic team who has a well-seasoned
coach. Our players were resilient. Our shots weren't falling at
the beginning, but we stayed true to our defense. It was a collective
a 22-2 run midway through the second half to build a 48-34 lead.
The Hoosiers led the remainder of the way and cruised to the win
over the Division II Norse.
is more like a Corvette, more finesse. Meanwhile, I look at Indiana
and they're more like a diesel, or maybe a tank,” said NKU
head coach Nancy Winstel, comparing the two programs her team faced
in exhibitions. “Indiana has a ton of power, which is exactly
what you think of when you think of Big Ten basketball."
NKU traded baskets in the opening minutes of the contest that included
three lead changes. The Hoosiers extended their lead to 17-13 with
just under eight minutes into the half thanks to three unanswered
baskets from Braun and freshman forward Michelle Carr.
With four minutes
remaining in the first stanza, the Norse knotted the score at 19-19.
Sarah McKay netted her first 3-pointer of the game which put IU
back on top, 22-20, with just under a minute left in the half, but
a half-court shot by Nicole Chiodi just before the buzzer gave Northern
Kentucky the 26-24 halftime lead.
Creager challenges IU
is three-for-three on those half-court shots. She had one in our
intra-squad scrimmage, then another in practice this past week,”
Winstel said. “I just hope she hasn't run out of them yet."
player Cassie Brannen led NKU with 12 points off the bench, and
senior forward Katie Butler tossed in 11 points in a reserve role.
Junior center Angela Healy scored eight points and grabbed a game-high
12 rebounds for NKU, which shot 17.2 percent in the first half and
still managed to own the lead.
The Norse won
the rebounding battle by a 42-41 margin and shot 27-for-34 from
the free-throw line.
played two tough exhibition games, and we hope that they'll make
us better,” Winstel said. “You want to win these games,
but you also want to learn something along the way."
The Norse will
begin their regular season at home on Nov. 21 against Midway (Ky.).
Winstel began her coaching career at Midway, and she can earn her
500th victory on the NKU sideline against that very school in the
a 499-168 record at NKU. She has a 538-209 overall record in 26
seasons as a collegiate coach.