Karen Brackman hits a short jumper while being fouled by Hannah
Carter (14) in the second half. The basket gave NKU a 48-42
lead with 4:06 left to play, but Drury rallied for a 55-52
Ky. - A game-ending 10-2 run helped Drury rally past Northern Kentucky
University, 55-52, in a battle of nationally ranked teams Saturday
in Regents Hall.
NKU held a
50-45 lead with 3:22 remaining after Nicole Chiodi’s layup,
but Drury responded with a 6-0 run to take a 51-50 advantage. Jessie
Slack converted a baseline drive for a basket with 1:40 left to
give NKU a 52-51 lead, but those would be the final points for the
up 50-45 and they went on that run and made the plays, and we didn’t,”
NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “You have to make plays
throughout the course of the game. We held them to 55 points, but
they had 42 with about four minutes left, which was great for a
team that averages in the 70s.
four minutes of the game, I didn’t think we made any stops.
It’s a 40-minute game, and Drury is good enough that if you
give them that opportunity, they’re going to take advantage
made a jumper with 27 seconds left to put Drury ahead, 53-52. After
Danyelle Echoles missed a 3-pointer on NKU’s next possession,
Becky Flippin was fouled and converted both free throws to extend
Drury’s lead to 55-52.
Slack was called
for an offensive foul with five seconds remaining, and Drury appeared
to have wrapped up the victory. Echoles, however, stole the Drury
inbounds pass and NKU had a final chance.
The junior guard
drove in after the steal and missed a close-in shot that Drury knocked
out of bounds with 0.4 on the clock. NKU was unable to get off a
shot before the buzzer sounded, and Drury escaped with the win.
scored 20 points for Drury, which is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Division
II poll. The Lady Panthers improved to 10-2 overall, 2-2 in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference.
that Molly Carter really picked it up late in the game and really
showed why she is one of the best players in the GLVC,” Winstel
said. “Their guard play of Flippin and Carter is just really
Slack scores against Drury in the second half. Slack led NKU
with 15 points.
Slack led NKU
(9-3 overall, 2-2 GLVC) with 15 points, and Cassie Brannen added
14 points. The Norse, ranked 15th nationally, shot just 3-for-18
from 3-point range and converted only 53.8 percent of their free
added nine points and 10 rebounds, but the Drury zone defense contained
NKU’s inside attack most of the game. The senior center attempted
just six shots the entire game before fouling out with 10 seconds
like it was more of my role to be a passer in this game, and get
the ball to Cassie and our guards, so they could step up and hit
some shots,” said Healy, who dished out five assists and blocked
three shots. “Obviously, we’re more fired up when we
play Drury because of the rivalry that we’ve created, but
it’s kind of the same thing; just try to play NKU basketball.”
13 points for Drury, which is now 3-2 all-time against NKU and 2-0
in Regents Hall. Melanie Oliver added 10 points and eight rebounds
for the Lady Panthers, who made only 30.8 percent of their shots
from the field.
10 rebounds and had four assists for NKU, which committed 24 turnovers.
Slack finished with eight rebounds and three assists.
like it was one of our best efforts of the year, but you still have
to play 40 minutes, and we didn’t,” Winstel said. “Right
now, we don’t have a lot of depth on our bench so we’re
asking seven kids or eight kids to give us very good play. We need
to make plays, and we have to make the open looks, then we will
Healy has now
scored 945 career points and should join the NKU 1,000-point club
in the next two weeks. The two most recent members of the NKU 1,000-point
club, former standouts Karmen Graham and Karyn Creager, were recognized
following the game and presented basketballs commemorating their
accomplishments. Graham (1,088 points) and Creager (1,035 points)
each reached 1,000 career points last season.
finished No. 7 all-time in Norse history in field-goal percentage
at .509 and No. 3 all-time in free-throw percentage (.818). Creager
ended her career as NKU’s all-time career leader in free-throw
percentage (.879) and owns the school record with 34 consecutive
makes from the line.
NKU hits the
road Thursday to meet Indianapolis at 5:30 p.m. in Nicoson Hall.