Northern Kentucky women’s basketball sealed a 72-50 win over Oakland on Sunday afternoon. The Norse move to 5-14 overall and 4-5 in Horizon League play while the Golden Grizzlies drop to 4-16 and 1-8 in Horizon League play.
- Ally Niece led the Norse in points with 17, and was 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Niece has now made 15 consecutive free throws, dating back to Jan. 18 at Cleveland State. She also had four rebounds and four assists.
- Molly Glick contributed 16 points for the Norse. She shot 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the floor, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, and was a flawless 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She also had three rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
- Emmy Souder knocked down 10 points for NKU, going 3-of-5 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She also tallied four rebounds and one assist.
- Kailey Coffey and Jazmyne Geist led the team in rebounds with 10 and seven, respectively. Coffey also contributed five assists, matching her career best set two days ago against Detroit Mercy.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
- The Norse rolled into halftime with a 33-24 lead over the Golden Grizzlies, led by 15 points from Niece.
- NKU held Oakland to 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from field goal range and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from behind the arc while shooting 11-of-25 (44 percent) and 3-of-7 (42.9 percent), respectively.
- Points in the paint were even at 14 but the Norse led in second-chance points with five compared to the Golden Grizzlies’ two.
- NKU outrebounded Oakland 21-11 in the opening half. Geist lead both teams in rebounds with five.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
- The Norse had their highest scoring period with 23 points in the third quarter. NKU shot 4-of-8 from 3-point range in the second half while holding Oakland just one triple on seven attempts.
- NKU was strong on the boards and outrebounded Oakland 22-13 in the half, also holding Oakland to only four second-chance points.
- Thanks to staunch defense on the perimeter, the Golden Grizzlies turned to the paint for the majority of their points, outscoring the Norse 18-12 in the statistic.
- The Norse outworked the Golden Grizzlies for a 43-24 advantage in rebounds. Oakland was held to just six offensive boards.
- NKU shot 7-of-15 from behind the arc while playing strong defense and holding their opponent to 3-of-18.
- The Norse tallied 15 assists on 21 field goals.
- Though NKU had one more turnover (17-16), the Norse took advantage of Oakland’s miscues with 20 points off turnovers compared to just nine converted for the Golden Grizzlies.
- NKU had its strongest performance of the season from the charity stripe, shooting 88.5 percent on 23 free throws made out of 26 attempts.
- In the past three games, NKU has had two Norse score at least 15 points in the same contest twice. In addition to Glick and Niece today, Coffey and Taylor Clos posted 19 and 16 points at Youngstown State, respectively, on Monday afternoon.
- NKU hosts IUPUI on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
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Northern Kentucky University