---NKU’s 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.

LOUISVILLE, 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.

Bellarmine held 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.

NKU dropped 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.

Bellarmine improved 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.

Angela Smith scored 18 points to lead Bellarmine on Tuesday in her final home game. Smith also grabbed nine rebounds and added two steals.

Katie Willinger 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.

Angela Healy 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.

Bellarmine jumped 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.

Bellarmine, 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.

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