Slack attempts a shot during the first half of NKU’s
75-63 win over Ohio Dominican on Saturday. Slack netted 14
of her 17 points in the first half.
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Ky. - During the past four days, the Northern Kentucky University
women’s basketball team has beaten two of the nation’s
best NAIA programs.
And the latest
NKU victory, Saturday’s 75-63 conquest of previously unbeaten
Ohio Dominican, should make the upcoming exam week more pleasant
for the Norse players and coaches.
NKU (5-1) certainly
passed a tough test in Regents Hall on Saturday against Ohio Dominican
(9-1), which entered the game ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Division
II national poll. The Norse effectively shot the ball from long
range and displayed why they are ranked 17th nationally in the NCAA
Division II poll.
Four days earlier,
NKU posted a 72-58 win over NAIA Division I foe Georgetown (Ky.),
which was ranked No. 19 nationally.
Dominican is a very good team. They were unbeaten going into this
game, and they have some very talented players,” NKU head
coach Nancy Winstel said. “I felt we started out a little
slow, and then we started executing really well.”
netted 14 of her 17 points in the first half to lead NKU. The junior
guard hit a pair of jumpers early in the game to help the Norse
build an 8-2 lead. She later buried a pair of 3-pointers as NKU
jumped out to a 38-22 advantage with 5:17 left in the half.
a 16-point lead, and we were doing some things really well,”
Winstel said. “Then we stopped executing, and the game became
a little closer.”
and Rachel Lantry both drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first
half as NKU settled for a 40-32 lead at the break. Lantry finished
with a career-high 11 points and added three assists, while Echoles
also scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds.
Danyelle Echoles and Rachel Lantry did a great job, and that’s
good for them because they work very hard in doing everything they
can to help out,” Winstel said. “I also thought Jessie
Slack played very well in spots and hit some big shots.”
NKU led by as
many as 17 points in the second half and held Ohio Dominican to
just 39.3 percent shooting from the field. The Norse finished 9-for-18
from 3-point range and battled the Panthers to a 35-all draw in
the rebounding department. Cassie Brannen added 14 points and two
blocked shots for NKU. Angela Healy scored 10 points and grabbed
10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
Healy now has
852 career points, and the senior center from Highlands High School
is looking to become the 24th player in Norse women’s basketball
history to join the 1,000-point club.
was the sixth Norse in double figures with 10 points, and the senior
guard dished out a team-leading four assists. Krissy Haines led
Ohio Dominican with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
we have the talent to be pretty good, but we sure haven’t
put it together yet, and we are still trying,” Winstel said.
NKU will next
be in action Dec. 17 in the Travel America Classic in Regents Hall.
The Norse meet Fayetteville State at 7:30 p.m. that evening. NKU
will also play St. Andrews (N.C.) on Dec. 18 to conclude that two-day