Northern Kentucky’s women’s basketball opened up the Camryn Whitaker era with a 97-38 exhibition win over Berea College on Tuesday night.
“We are in constant evaluation, and we work every day on offense. I think it’s just evolving. We just try to improve each day in each area. Today, I think we got better in transition. I think we pushed the ball well up the floor, and we passed it up and got some easy baskets. It’s really been an emphasis in practice. We want to play fast, but we still have to improve on our half-court offense. But that’s normal in a new system.” – Head coach Camryn Whitaker
· Sophomore forward Molly Glick led all scorers with 24 points, going 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
· Junior forward Kasey Uetrecht chipped in 16 points and had a team-best five steals along with five rebounds and three assists.
· Freshman guard Laura Thomas had 12 points, going 2-of-2 on 3-point attempts. She added three steals and two assists.
· Junior forward Mikayla Terry was just shy of a double-double with nine points and a team-best nine rebounds. She also added three assists and three steals.
· Senior forward Rebecca Lyttle led the team in assists, with four.
First Half Summary
· NKU eased into the matchup in the first quarter, going up 20-10 before posting a 31-6 run in the second quarter. The Norse held the Mountaineers scoreless for nearly six minutes, posting a 20-point run during that span.
· Glick led all players with 15 points, going 3-of-3 from long range.
· Laura Thomas was also flawless from beyond the arc with a pair of 3-pointers.
· NKU shot 22-of-35 for 62.9% shooting and forced 23 turnovers, 11 of which were steals, which in turn resulted in 26 points off turnovers for NKU.
· Kasey Uetrecht led the Norse in steals, with four swipes.
· Lyttle led the team on the boards with five rebounds, but the Norse were out-rebounded overall by the Mountaineers, 14-13.
Second Half Summary
· The Norse outscored the Mountaineers 23-15 in the third quarter, led by seven points from both Uetrecht and Glick.
· NKU posted another strong quarter to close out the contest, 23-7 in the fourth.
· Senior guard Shar’Rae Davis had six points and two steals to lead the team, while Thomas had four points and two steals.
· The team shot 61.5 percent from the field in the final frame, going 8-of-13 from the floor.
· NKU shot 58.5 percent for the game, connecting on 38-of-65 shots from the field. The team also shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, sinking 10 3-pointers.
· The Norse forced 34 steals and converted those into 43 points.
· NKU also had the advantage in paint points (48-20) and bench points (37-8). The team had a slight edge in rebounding, 34-32.
· The team shared the ball well, with 17 assists, and also played strong defense with 16 steals and four blocks.
· Berea was held to 28.6 percent from the field, including 11.1 percent from 3-point range.
· The game does not count towards the regular-season record. The margin of victory is, however, larger than any game that NKU had against Berea in the regular season. The largest margin in regular-season action was a 45-point win, 83-38, in the 1976-77 season.
· The Norse officially open up the 2016-17 season on the road, traveling to Terre Haute, Indiana, to square off with the Sycamores of Indiana State. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 11.
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