Slack shoots a jumper over Drury’s Ja’Nell Jones
during the first half of Sunday’s GLVC Tournament championship
game. Slack scored 19 points, but Drury held off NKU for a
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Mo. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball
team should be safely off the NCAA Tournament bubble, and the Norse
can likely make plans to be back in this same city next weekend
for more postseason action.
The Norse completed
their 2007-08 body of work Sunday afternoon with a 71-67 loss to
No. 8 Drury in the championship game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Tournament. NKU sends its NCAA Tournament resume to the selection
committee with a record of 22-8 and a GLVC East Division championship.
The Norse also
defeated Indianapolis twice, knocked off Bellarmine and posted a
victory over Missouri S&T in the GLVC Tournament. That figures
to be more than enough for NKU - ranked eighth in the latest regional
poll - to earn a berth in the eight-team NCAA Division II Great
Lakes Region Tournament, which begins Friday.
and Lindsay Ballweg each scored 16 points to lead Drury past NKU
on Sunday. Carter’s basket with 2:01 remaining in the game
snapped a 65-all tie and Drury held off NKU for its first-ever GLVC
Tournament title. Ballweg made a pair of free throws with 0.9 seconds
left to seal the win for the Lady Panthers, who improved to 27-3.
Carter was named
the most outstanding player of the tournament for Drury, the defending
regional champion and No. 1 seed in the latest Great Lakes Region
poll. The Lady Panthers are expected to be the host for the NCAA
Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament. Pairings will be announced
led NKU with 19 points, while Nicole Chiodi finished with 12 points
and 12 rebounds. Slack and Chiodi each were named to the GLVC’s
all-tournament team. Danyelle Echoles added 15 points for the Norse,
who rallied from a 56-46 deficit with 10:41 remaining to take a
65-64 lead with 2:55 left on the clock.
NKU shot 48.9
percent from the field and made all 14 of its free-throw attempts.
The Norse were 7-for-14 from 3-point range and won the rebounding
battle by a 37-31 count, but 26 turnovers against the Drury pressure
proved to be the difference.
Drury also limited
NKU senior center Angela Healy to four points before she fouled
out late in the game. Healy, an All-GLVC and All-Great Lakes Region
standout, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots.
post player Cassie Brannen blocked four shots and grabbed nine rebounds,
while teammate Rachel Lantry added nine points off the bench. Slack
and Echoles each knocked down three shots from 3-point range.
During the regular
season, Drury posted a 55-52 win over NKU in Regents Hall. The Lady
Panthers - who eliminated the Norse from the GLVC Tournament last
season in the semifinals at Evansville, Ind. - have now beaten NKU
three consecutive times.
Two years ago,
NKU defeated Drury in the GLVC Tournament championship game. The
Lady Panthers hold a 4-2 edge in the all-time series with NKU.