Northern Kentucky women’s basketball opens up the second half of Horizon League action at home, hosting IUPUI on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. The game will be NKU’s “Throwback Thursday,” inviting fans to wear their best throwback gear. An NKU Prize Pack will be given to the fan deemed the best dressed.
Northern Kentucky (5-14, 4-5 Horizon) vs. IUPUI (13-7, 7-2 Horizon)
Thursday, Jan. 31 – 7 p.m. ET
Highland Heights, Ky. – BB&T Arena
LAST TIME OUT: NKU posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a 72-50 win over Oakland following Friday night’s victory over Detroit Mercy. Ally Niece led the Norse with 17 points, 15 of which came in the first half, while Molly Glick poured in 16 points off 4-of-5 from long range. It marked the second time in three outings that two Norse have had at least 15 points, following Kailey Coffey (19) and Taylor Clos (16) at Youngstown State on Jan. 21. Coffey had another strong game on the boards with 10 rebounds and matched her career high of five assists. The Norse also put on a tremendous show from the charity stripe, going 23-for-26 in free throws.
SCOUTING IUPUI: The Jaguars are currently in a three-way tie for second place in the Horizon League standings at 7-2 and are coming off a pair of overtime road wins at Milwaukee (67-66) and Green Bay (67-63). The Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, Macee Williams, continues to lead the team and the league in scoring with 18.5 points per game, connecting at a .544 clip from the floor to go with 8.4 rebounds per game. In league play, Katelyn O’Reilly has stepped up her game to pour in 10.4 ppg, along with 6.1 rpg to stand behind Williams in both categories. Tamya Sims and Holly Hoopingarner are not far off double digits either, at 9.8 and 8.6 ppg, respectively.
As a team, the Jaguars are third in Horizon League games in both scoring offense (71.2 ppg) and scoring defense (57.6 ppg). IUPUI holds the top rebounding margin in league games at +9.5, just above NKU’s margin of +7.8 and improved upon its overall rebounding margin of +7.6 rebounding margin that ranks 28th nationally. The team also shares the ball well, averaging 15.3 assists per game with a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio, both ranking second in the league.
The Norse and the Jaguars have a rich history dating back to the mid-1980s, when NKU dominated the series, 17-0. Since both teams have transitioned to Division I, IUPUI holds a 4-1 edge over the Norse with NKU’s win coming on Dec. 30, 2014. The Jaguars claimed a 70-48 win over the Norse on Dec. 30, 2018 in Indianapolis.
NORSE IN THE RANKINGS: Since starting Horizon League play, the Norse have had several individuals climb into the top-10 of the standings in several statistical categories. Kailey Coffey currently leads the league in rebounding at 9.2 boards per game and also ranks ninth with 3.1 assists per game at a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. Ally Niece has upped her shooting percentages since entering league action and tops league opponents from the free throw line at 92.6 percent, and has also made her last 15 free throws dating back to Jan. 18 at Cleveland State. Niece is also efficient from long range, ranking third in 3-point field goal percentage at 44.4 percent. Also in the top-10 in the latter category is Taylor Clos, who is connecting at a .386 clip from beyond the arc to rank eighth, as she ranks third in 3-pointers made with 2.4 triples sunk a game. Molly Glick is not far off Clos, with 1.9 treys a game to rank fifth in league standings and is just outside the top-10 in percentage at 36.2 percent. Clos also ranks 10th in the league in steals per game, averaging 1.3 swipes per contest.
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Northern Kentucky University