- Jessie Slack buried a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation
to force overtime and then scored six points in the extra session
to lead Northern Kentucky University to a 67-59 win over Lewis in
the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on
Lewis led by
as many as nine points in the second half and still owned a 58-54
advantage with 34 seconds remaining in the game after Kady Currin
hit a jumper. Sadie Bowling countered for NKU with a basket after
grabbing an offensive rebound to slice the Lewis lead to 58-56.
Bowling also drew a foul on the play but missed the free throw and
Lewis' Jenny Turpel hauled in the rebound.
Currin was fouled
with 16 seconds left and made one of two free throws to give Lewis
a 58-56 edge. Slack then tied the game at 59-all by knocking down
a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in regulation.
Lewis had a
chance to win in regulation, but Currin’s 3-pointer missed
and the contest went to overtime.
NKU’s first two baskets during overtime to give the Norse
a 63-59 lead. Rachel Lantry then added a field goal to extend the
NKU advantage to 65-59, and Slack capped the scoring with another
basket with 33 seconds left.
Lewis did not
score during the overtime period, missing four field-goal attempts
and two free throws.
Slack led NKU
(27-2) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Cassie Brannen added 18 points
for the Norse, who have won 10 consecutive games.
NKU will face
Quincy for the GLVC Tournament title at 3 p.m. Sunday. Quincy knocked
off NKU earlier this season, 66-57.