Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team fell to Youngstown State in the final home game of the 2017-18 season in a heartbreaking 60-59 contest. NKU drops to 8-19 overall and 6-10 in Horizon League play, while the Penguins advance to 14-14 (10-7 HL).
Mikayla Terry had a memorable final performance for her last career game inside BB&T Arena. The senior led all scorers with 14 points while adding five rebounds and four assists, and did not commit a single turnover.
Jazmyne Geist also hit double figures with 10 points, while Taryn Taugher chipped in eight.
Grayson Rose had a strong outing down low with seven points, six rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
· Youngstown State led by as many as 14 points in the half after scoring its first 21 points solely off 3-pointers. The Penguins shot over 50.0 percent from beyond the arc in the half, going 8-for-14.
· The Norse battled back and cut the lead to three points with 49.0 seconds left in the half.
· NKU went 9-of-24 (37.5%) on field goals and 2-of-5 (40%) on attempts from behind the arc. The Norse also went 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the half.
· NKU had a 10-6 advantage in points in the paint and an 8-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
· Mikayla Terry had eight points in the half for NKU.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
· The Norse kept fighting and closed the scoring gap to just one point with 2:54 to play.
· Ultimately, made free throws sealed the win for Youngstown State, as a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Samari Mowbray was not enough to catch the Penguins in the final 60-59 count.
· Despite shooting just 18.2 percent in the third quarter, Youngstown State only outscored the Norse by two points in the frame, 15-13. NKU closed out the game with its most efficient quarter, going 7-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.
The all-time series with the Penguins is now knotted at 4-4. Youngstown State has won the last three games.
NKU shot 39.1 percent for the game, while Youngstown State was just behind that mark at 38.2 percent.
The Norse had a strong showing at the charity stripe, sinking 19-of-23 free throws.
YSU held the rebounding edge, 37-28, and outscored NKU in the paint, 22-20.
NKU committed fewer turnovers (15-13), fewer fouls (17-13), and had the edge on blocks (8-4) and steals (6-4).
NKU hits the road for the final road trip of the season. The Norse first take on UIC on Friday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. before facing IUPUI on Sunday, Feb. 25. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN3 with streaming available on computers, tablets, smart phones and streaming devices through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
Assistant Athletic Communications Director
Northern Kentucky University