Healy attempts a jumper against the defense of Quincy’s
Megan Gavlick (14) Thursday night. Healy led NKU with 22 points,
but Quincy posted an 83-66 win over the 15th-ranked Norse.
- Too many turnovers and a ton of missed free throws definitely
hurt, but the second-half performance of Quincy’s Janette
Burgin was absolutely painful for Northern Kentucky University on
20 of her 22 points in the second half as Quincy upset No. 15 NKU,
83-66, in the Pepsi Arena. Jessica Keller added 21 points for Quincy
(3-2), which shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half
to defeat NKU (2-1) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener
for both teams.
Burgin, a sophomore
forward averaging 8.8 points entering Thursday’s game, was
8-for-15 from the field and drained a trio of 3-pointers. She also
collected four steals and grabbed four rebounds.
a good job against us last year at our place, and she played very
well in this game in the second half,” NKU head coach Nancy
Winstel said of Burgin. “Quincy executed their half-court
offense in the second half, and they took it to us. They played
very well together and made big plays. We did not.”
The Lady Hawks
held the Norse to 39.3 percent shooting from the field and took
advantage of 29 NKU turnovers. Quincy used a 17-2 run in the second
half to turn a 45-43 lead into a whopping 62-45 advantage with 8:18
remaining in the game.
led NKU with 22 points and nine rebounds. Cassie Brannen added 13
points, while teammates Jessie Slack and Nicole Chiodi each scored
11 points. Chiodi added nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
The Norse converted
only 64.3 percent (18-for-28) of their free throws and lost despite
finishing with a 45-34 rebounding advantage.
about a big rebounding advantage when you get beat by 17 on the
scoreboard,” Winstel said. “Quincy just out-hustled
us, if you ask me. Somebody has to step up and make a play for us.”
a four-game losing streak in the series against NKU. The Lady Hawks
had not beaten the Norse since Jan. 29, 2005. NKU holds a 19-7 lead
in the all-time series.
NKU will visit
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Cougars
are in their final season in the GLVC after deciding to reclassify
to NCAA Division I status. A year ago, SIUE posted a 65-64 win at