Ill. - Jessie Slack scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as
the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team posted
a 61-48 victory over Southern Illinois at Edwardsville on Saturday
in the Vadalabene Center.
added 13 points and eight rebounds for NKU (4-0), which finished
with a 53-35 rebounding advantage. The Norse built a 12-point lead
early in the second half, but SIUE (1-8) used a 15-2 run to take
a 34-33 advantage with 13:53 remaining in the game.
Slack and Brandi
Rayburn keyed an 8-1 run that gave NKU a 45-39 edge with 8:25 left.
Slack started the run with a pair of free throws, and Rayburn followed
by converting two straight jumpers.
the spurt by hitting a jumper, and the Norse held off their former
Great Lakes Valley Conference rivals. SIUE reclassified to NCAA
Division I status after last season and is now a member of the Ohio
with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Brackman added four assists and
three steals for NKU, which holds a 22-8 lead in the all-time series
scored nine points for NKU, while teammate Rachel Lantry grabbed
nine rebounds. Cassie Brannen added four points before fouling out.
Brannen, a senior post player from Mount Notre Dame High School
in Cincinnati, now has 995 career points.
NKU, which is
ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, returns home
to meet NAIA power Georgetown (Ky.) Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Norse
also play host to the Travel America Classic next Friday and Saturday
in The Bank of Kentucky Center.
NKU takes on
North Carolina-Pembroke at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Norse conclude
the two-day event Saturday by playing Carson-Newman at 7:30 p.m.