Jessie Slack attempts a jumper over the defense of Bellarmine’s
Denasha Mondy (25) on Tuesday night. Slack finished with 10
points before fouling out, and the Norse dropped a 73-60 decision.
Ky. - They still lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division
by the slimmest of margins, and that's about the only positive the
women from Northern Kentucky University could take from Tuesday
night's game at Bellarmine.
NKU scoreless the opening seven minutes of the game and cruised
to a 73-60 victory in Knights Hall. The Knights held NKU to 34.3
percent shooting from the field and snapped the Norse's winning
streak at five games.
to 18-6 overall, 11-5 in the GLVC. The Norse now own a one-half
game lead on Indianapolis in the East Division. The Greyhounds are
18-5, 10-5 in the GLVC. NKU swept the season series from Indianapolis
and would earn the No. 1 seed from the GLVC East if the teams finish
in a tie atop the standings.
to 18-9 overall, 10-6 in the GLVC. Just 10 days earlier in Regents
Hall, NKU had posted a 72-59 win over Bellarmine.
scored 18 points to lead Bellarmine on Tuesday in her final home
game. Smith also grabbed nine rebounds and added two steals.
finished with 15 points for Bellarmine, which shot 43.3 percent
from the field. The Knights were 22-for-25 from the free-throw line
and won the rebounding battle by a 44-35 margin.
led NKU with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Cassie Brannen added 11
points and three blocked shots, while Jessie Slack finished with
10 points and four steals before fouling out.
out to a 9-0 lead and did not allow a point until Slack hit a jumper
with 12:55 remaining in the first half. After falling behind by
16 points, NKU rallied and pulled to within 32-24 at the break.
however, responded with a 13-6 run to start the second half to build
a 45-30 lead, and the Knights coasted to the victory. To make staging
a rally even more difficult, NKU finished just 1-for-21 from 3-point
range. Freshman guard Diondra Holliday drained the only NKU trey
on Tuesday night.
NKU will face
another tough road game Thursday night against Kentucky Wesleyan.