Ind. - Maybe it’s those groovy socks from the 1970s that she
broke out for the Indianapolis game. Whatever it is, Jessie Slack
has suddenly snapped out a minor shooting slump, and Northern Kentucky
University is back on a roll.
down a trio of 3-pointers in the first eight minutes of the game
Saturday to spark NKU’s 79-39 shellacking of Saint Joseph’s.
The 5-foot-10 junior guard finished with 13 points, three assists
and two steals as the 15th-ranked Norse improved to 11-3 overall,
4-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
is shooting the ball with a lot of confidence, and it’s nice
to see her hitting those shots," NKU head coach Nancy Winstel
said. "Sometimes that rim looks huge, and sometimes it looks
very small. You have to keep taking the shots, and Jessie had a
great road trip."
Two nights earlier
at Indianapolis, Slack poured in 21 points in the second half -
including the winning 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds remaining in the
game - as NKU handed the Greyhounds their first loss of the season.
scored 15 points to lead five NKU players in double figures. Brackman,
a 5-foot-9 junior guard from Minster, Ohio, added four rebounds
and three assists for NKU. She scored 10 points in the first half
as the Norse jumped out to a 39-21 lead.
Karen Brackman came off the bench and really played well,"
Winstel said. "She made some shots in the first half and did
a nice job defensively."
Angela Healy finished with 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists,
while junior forward Cassie Brannen added 12 points. Healy, a Highlands
High School graduate, now has 967 career points at NKU.
understands the game and what we need from her, and we knew Saint
Joseph's had no one who could match up with her inside," Winstel
said. "She did a great job of rebounding and getting the ball
to people who were open. Angela is having a great senior season,
and both her and Nicole (Chiodi) have embraced the leadership roles
for our team."
10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists for
NKU, which had lost to Saint Joseph’s the previous two years
in the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse.
nice to win two in a row, and now we want to build on it,"
Winstel said. "This is normally a tough place for us to play,
and I don't remember the last time - if ever - we won by this many
points up here."
NKU shot 50.8
percent from the field and was 7-for-15 from 3-point range. The
Norse held Saint Joseph's (1-12 overall, 0-6 GLVC) to 22.9 percent
shooting from the field. Molly Lauck led the Pumas with 12 points
and seven rebounds, but NKU dominated the glass and finished with
a whopping 48-21 advantage on the boards.
home to meet Southern Indiana this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Regents
Hall. The Norse also play host to Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday
at 1 p.m.