Jessie Slack prepares to launch the winning 3-point shot against
Indianapolis on Thursday. Slack’s trey with 8.9 seconds
left gave the Norse a 62-60 win over the previously unbeaten
- Nancy Winstel entered the Northern Kentucky University locker
room at halftime Thursday with her team trailing unbeaten Indianapolis
by a point, and the Norse mentor was not pleased.
Winstel was not happy with junior guard Jessie Slack’s first-half
play, which included an 0-for-6 performance from the field.
upset with Jessie at halftime, and she knew it,” Winstel said.
“But give her credit, because she hung in there and was the
difference in the second half. She was a different player, and that’s
the real Jessie Slack we saw out there.”
in all 21 of her points in the second half, including a 3-pointer
with 8.9 seconds remaining that gave NKU a 62-60 win over Indianapolis
in Nicoson Hall. The 5-foot-10 junior drained four 3-point shots
in the second half, but none bigger than the trey she hit in the
was a great shot by Jessie with a lot of pressure on her, and Danyelle
Echoles made a nice pass to get it to her,” Winstel said.
“This is a team win for sure, because we had a lot of players
get hot at different times of the game. It’s a huge road win
over an undefeated team that is playing very well.”
called timeout with 5.1 seconds left after getting the ball across
half court, but Karla Mast lost control of the ball and the Greyhounds
were forced to throw up a desperation heave as the buzzer sounded.
Mast led Indianapolis (11-1, 4-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference)
with 26 points, but only six in the second half.
added 10 points and 13 rebounds for NKU, which improved to 10-3
overall, 3-2 in the GLVC. Cassie Brannen finished with 10 points
and four blocked shots for the Norse, who are ranked 15th nationally
in the NCAA Division II poll.
Healy, Nicole Chiodi and Cassie Brannen were all huge in this game,
but we had a lot of people who contributed in this one,” Winstel
Diondra Holliday and Rachel Lantry both connected on a pair of 3-pointers
in the opening 8 1/2 minutes as NKU jumped out to a 16-10 lead.
After Indianapolis’ Deanna Thomson hit a 3-pointer to make
it 16-13, Holliday drained her third trey of the half to extend
NKU’s advantage to 19-13.
Slack is mobbed by teammates after NKU’s 62-60 win over
Indianapolis. Slack finished with 21 points - all in the second
half - as the Norse knocked the Greyhounds from the unbeaten
short jumper gave NKU a 25-15 lead, but the Norse missed their next
eight shots from field and Indianapolis used a 13-2 spurt to end
the first half for a 28-27 advantage at the break.
and Rachel made big shots for us in the first half, and we needed
it or we could have been down by a lot more at halftime,”
held a 51-47 lead with 6:16 left in the game, but a Slack 3-pointer,
a basket by Brannen and two free throws by Slack gave NKU a 54-53
advantage. The Greyhounds battled back and took a 57-54 lead, but
an inside basket by Brannen and another 3-pointer by Slack put the
Norse ahead, 59-57, with 1:31 remaining.
buried a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to give Indianapolis a 60-58
advantage, setting the stage for Slack’s heroics. Slack took
a pass from Echoles on the right wing and drained a trey to give
NKU the lead for good.
stops defensively in this game, and that’s another reason
we were able to win,” Winstel said. “The players knocked
down shots from the outside, and that was a key as well.”
9-for-14 (.643) from 3-point range. The Norse entered Thursday shooting
27.7 percent from 3-point range this season. During the previous
four games, NKU was a combined 13-for-61 (21.3 percent) in 3-point
nine points for the Norse, while Chiodi dished out six assists.
NKU shot just 37.9 percent from the field but limited Indianapolis
to 39.7 percent.
the road trip Saturday with a game at Saint Joseph’s at 2