---Brandi Rayburn

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. - Brandi Rayburn scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead unbeaten Northern Kentucky University to a 58-37 victory at West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday.

Jessie Slack and Cassie Brannen each scored 10 points for NKU, which improved to 8-0. Brannen also blocked four shots for the Norse, who are ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.

Rayburn, a junior forward from Olive Hill, Ky., was 5-for-10 from the field and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. NKU held West Virginia Wesleyan (5-4) to 26.8 percent from the field and outscored the Bobcats 39-23 in the second half to break open a close game.

Karen Brackman added eight points, six rebounds and four assists for NKU, while teammate Rachel Lantry scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds. The Norse shot 40 percent from the field and overcame 20 turnovers to win the non-conference game.

NKU has now won 14 consecutive games dating back to last season’s national championship run.

NKU plays host to Ashland (8-1) on Dec. 30 in a key in-region game in The Bank of Kentucky Center at 7 p.m.

BOX SCORE