Echoles launches the 3-pointer that snapped a 57-all tie in
the second half and keyed NKU’s 68-60 win over Indianapolis
on Saturday. The Norse are now in sole possession of first
place in the GLVC East.
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Ramstetter, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - The Regents Hall era ended Saturday night with a classic comeback
victory for the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team in a battle for first place with Indianapolis.
buried a 3-pointer with 4:15 remaining to give the Norse their first
lead of the second half, and NKU held on to beat Great Lakes Valley
Conference rival Indianapolis, 68-60, in the final regular-season
women’s game in Regents Hall. Echoles’ trey from the
wing put the Norse up 60-57 and NKU made all eight of their free
throws in the final 2:55 to preserve the lead.
the ball, and I was like, ‘I’m going to shoot, I’m
going to shoot,’” Echoles said. “It felt good,
and I just let it go.”
The junior guard
from Colerain High School found the bottom of the net with the 3-pointer,
and NKU survived a 28-minute delay caused by an electrical problem
that affected the scoreboard and shot clock.
The Norse improved
to 18-5 overall, 11-4 in the GLVC, and took a one-game lead on Indianapolis
in the East Division. The Greyhounds fell to 18-5, 10-5. NKU swept
the season series from Indianapolis.
big shot, Jessie Slack made a 3-pointer from the wing one possession
earlier to tie the game at 57-all. Echoles and Slack each later
hit two free throws, while Angela Healy converted four free throws
down the stretch.
Chiodi grabbed a rebound as the final buzzer sounded and offered
a fist-pump to signal the victory on Senior Night.
it so bad the whole time,” said Chiodi, a Newport Central
Catholic High School graduate. “I was just trying to get people
fired up. I don’t think they really expected that out of me,
but it was a great win.”
did expect the show of emotion.
lived together for four years, so I’ve seen her emotions,”
Healy said. “Maybe I rubbed off on her.”
Chiodi and Healy
were honored for their four years both before and after the game.
been amazing,” Chiodi added about her career. “It’s
been a great time and I loved every minute of it. It was a lot of
hard work, and I’m not going to lie. It was great. It’s
not over yet, so we’re still really excited.”
Chiodi drives past Indianapolis’ Jessica Canary (12)
in the second half of NKU’s 68-60 win. Chiodi, a senior
guard from Newport Central Catholic, finished with 16 points
and five rebounds in her final regular-season home game.
emotional,” said Healy, who joined NKU’s 1,000-point
club this season. “I’m an emotional person. It’s
fun. I don’t have any regrets about my career. All good things
have to come to an end, I guess.”
Slack, who had
beaten Indianapolis earlier in the year with a last-second 3-pointer
on the road, led NKU with 19 points. Chiodi added 16, and Echoles
scored 12. Healy scored eight points and grabbed a team-high seven
rebounds while playing the final minutes of the game with four fouls.
(Nancy Winstel) was like, ‘Please just stay in the game,’”
Healy said. “My teammates did an excellent job without me
on the floor. I wanted to stay in and finish my last game.”
Healy and Rachel
Lantry dished out three assists apiece.
by as many as 10 points, 37-27, less than two minutes into the second
too much heart,” Echoles said. “If we play like we are
capable of playing, and we play hard, that will bring us a win.”
The Norse trailed
29-23 at halftime despite shooting 45.8 percent from the field.
Indianapolis shot only 34.5 percent in the first half, but outrebounded
the Norse 20-14. For the game, NKU shot 47.9 percent from the field
for game and the Greyhounds shot 39.2 percent.
NKU will play
its final four regular-season games on the road, starting with a
visit to Bellarmine this Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.
The Norse cruised past the Knights, 72-59, Feb. 9 at home.
a big game on Tuesday against Bellarmine,” Chiodi said. “It’s
their Senior Night, so it will be the same competition, same close
game. They’re going to be ready for us, but we’re going
to be ready for them, too.”
NKU could host
a GLVC Tournament game on March 4 if the Norse finish first or second
in the GLVC East, prolonging the use of Regents Hall for basketball.
Beyond that, however, it’s the brand new Bank of Kentucky
Center next season.
sad to leave Regents,” Echoles said, “but it’s
exciting to be the first team in the Bank of Kentucky Center.”