Ill. - Less than 48 hours after suffering a forgettable road loss
to Quincy, Northern Kentucky University bounced back with a memorable
performance against Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.
scored 20 points and dished out five assists as NKU coasted to a
75-67 win over SIUE in the Vadalabene Center on Saturday. Slack,
a 5-foot-10 junior guard and a transfer from East Carolina, also
collected five steals and grabbed four rebounds as NKU improved
to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
It also helped
ease some of the sting from an 83-66 setback at Quincy on Thursday
was a game we really needed to have after what happened at Quincy.
To be able to bounce back and play this well says something about
the character of our team,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said.
“I am really proud of the way they took it to a good team
on the road. Our players were not happy with the way they played
at Quincy, and neither was I.
told them you re-focus and move on after that game. We’re
better than we played Thursday, and I think the girls showed that
with this performance against a very good team. SIUE just beat Bellarmine
on Thursday, and it just shows how tough this conference really
and Angela Healy each added 14 points for NKU, which is ranked 15th
nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. The Norse built an 18-point
lead with 13:44 remaining, but SIUE used a 16-2 run to cut the NKU
advantage to 61-57 with 6:34 left.
we became a little tired, and that allowed them to make that big
run. But our players responded down the stretch,” Winstel
Healy made a
pair of free throws to extend NKU’s lead to 63-57, and Brannen
followed with an inside basket to give the Norse a 65-57 edge. Slack
later drained a 3-pointer to make it a 68-59 NKU advantage, and
SIUE was unable to mount another rally.
played very well, and I know seeing nine turnovers on the stat sheet
looks a lot better than the 29 we say the other night at Quincy,”
Winstel said. “Nicole Chiodi did a lot of great things to
help us win, and you saw the real Jessie Slack step up today and
hit big shots. I told our players we have to find Jessie Slack by
moving the ball, and they did a great job with their passing.”
scored a game-high 33 points to lead SIUE, which is 4-2 overall,
1-1 GLVC. The Cougars, reclassifying to NCAA Division I status next
year, are in their final season of competition in the GLVC.
nine points, grabbed six rebounds and added three steals for NKU.
Karen Brackman finished with eight points, seven rebounds and two
blocked shots. Winstel also praised Brackman’s defensive effort.
did a great job on (Whitney) Sykes defensively. She stayed home
on her and didn’t give her any good looks,” Winstel
said, noting Sykes’ 0-for-5 shooting performance from the
NKU held SIUE
to 35.7 percent shooting from the field. The Cougars won the rebounding
battle by a 46-33 margin, including 16 offensive boards.
NKU plays host
to NAIA powerhouse Georgetown (Ky.) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Regents
Hall. The Norse also meet Ohio Dominican next Saturday at 5 p.m.
in Regents Hall.