Healy (42) rejects a shot by Southern Indiana’s Brittany
Neuman during the first half of NKU’s 59-54 win Thursday
night. Healy finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and three
Ramstetter, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - Angela Healy scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and
the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team rallied
past bruising Southern Indiana, 59-54, in a Great Lakes Valley Conference
game Thursday night at Regents Hall.
NKU held the
Screaming Eagles to just two field goals in the last eight minutes
of the game to preserve the win. The 14th-ranked Norse improved
to 12-3 on the season, 5-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Southern Indiana fell to 7-7, 2-4.
added 14 points, including a 3-pointer from the baseline with 10:20
remaining to put the Norse up 48-43. Healy’s two free throws
a minute earlier gave the Norse the lead for good, 45-43, after
Southern Indiana had led by as many as five in the second half.
that it was an ugly win,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said.
“I really think that Southern Indiana played very well.”
scored 11 points and helped hold Southern Indiana star center Jasmine
Baines without a field goal over the last 12:45 of the game. Baines
led the Screaming Eagles with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
used physical play and an 18-9 run to close the first half, erasing
an early 16-9 Norse lead. Baines scored 16 points in the first half.
really took it to us, especially the first half,” Winstel
said. “I thought that we made some bad decisions offensively
in our half-court passing and we threw the ball away a little too
much. We just weren’t very patient in our offense. When we
were, we were effective.”
by Baines at the 10:30 mark started a 12-4 run that gave the Screaming
Eagles their first lead since a 7-4 lead inside the first three
minutes. VaNita Smart hit a jumper with 4:21 left to give SIU a
21-20 lead. The teams traded the lead until Baines’ layup
with 2:31 left gave SIU a 25-24 lead that would hold up for the
rest of the half.
their style,” Winstel said of the Screaming Eagles’
physical play. “They’re going to bump you, it’s
going to be hard stuff, and you got to be tough enough to handle
it. I was a little upset with us because I felt we were trying to
make adjustments, and our team wasn’t making those adjustments.
When we did, we were fine.”
Eagles led 27-25 at halftime after holding NKU to just 27.6 percent
shooting from the field.
have some strong girls,” said Healy, who upped her career
point total to 983. “They kind of bumped us on our cuts more
than we’re used to. We held our own.”
Brannen goes over Southern Indiana’s Amie Newhart (22)
for a basket in the second half. Brannen scored 11 points
and blocked three shots for the Norse, who improved to 12-3
overall, 5-2 in the GLVC.
took hold in the second half. Brannen and the front line clamped
down on Baines and Slack scored 10 of her 14.
the bar and we defended like we were capable of,” Winstel
said. “Defense has to be something that is there every night.
It wasn’t that we weren’t guarding anybody; it was that
we weren’t guarding anybody hard. We did a better job on (Baines)
in the second half. She’s a heck of a player. I felt like
she had a whole bunch the beginning of the game. Cassie did a better
job on her.”
Baines was held
to just two second-half field goals and a pair of free throws as
the Norse defense, led by Brannen, keyed on her down low.
the leading scorer and I wasn’t playing as well as I liked
the first half,” Brannen said. “The second half, coach
kind of got on me and I had to get on her. Plus, I had a lot of
help from my team.”
Cassie a little more,” Healy said. “When (Baines) got
the ball, we kind of collapsed on her a little more.”
3-pointer from the left wing gave NKU its first lead of the second
half at the 13:30 mark. Southern Indiana tied the score three times
before Healy’s free throws.
the second-half performance to the first half.
in the second half we played much better defensively than the first
half,” Winstel said. “This was a big win for us. It
wasn’t pretty, but we could have just as easily lost this
game. And I’ll take it. I’m not happy, but I’ll
NKU used a 12-2
run midway through the first half to take a 16-9 lead with 12:22
left before halftime. But the Screaming Eagles’ physicality
inside seemed to wear on the Norse to end the half.
a little brutal,” Brannen said. “I was on the floor
quite a bit. We knew going into the game they were a physical team.
They had some stronger and bigger post players than we’re
used to playing against. It was a different experience.”
NKU will host
Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday at 1 p.m. in another GLVC game.