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Norse Women Double Up Lipscomb, 66-33

From NKU Sports Information:

It looks like the Northern Kentucky University women's basketball team is making a successful transition into the Atlantic Sun Conference. A 33-point victory against Lipscomb on Saturday afternoon is the latest evidence that the Norse can be a factor right now.

NKU allowed the visitors to shoot just 20.8 percent from the field and cruised to a 66-33 win over Lipscomb in The Bank of Kentucky Center. The Norse (6-8 overall, 3-2 in the A-Sun) bolted put to a 37-22 lead at the break and completely dominated play in the second half to extend their winning streak to three.

Kayla Thacker and Ellen Holton each scored 13 points to lead NKU, which shot 44.8 percent from the field. Rianna Gayheart and Melody Doss added nine points apiece, while Kaitlyn Gerrety and Christine Roush both finished with seven points. Roush also dished out a game-high five assists and was one of three Norse to grab five rebounds.

“I think our team is able to compete in the conference,” Holton said after NKU recorded its largest margin of victory this season. “We have a new coaching staff and a new system, and I think we have adjusted well to it, and we are just now getting used to it.”

Lipscomb (2-13, 1-4 A-Sun) showed no fear of putting up 3-point attempts, as the Bisons finished 4-for-27 from behind the arc. NKU – No. 2 in the A-Sun in 3-point shooting defense – really clamped down in the second half as Lipscomb was 1-for-13 from long range.

“I thought our players came out with a sense of urgency, and we held down a team that really has the ability to shoot the ball very well,” NKU head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said. “We were fortunate because I think they did get some good looks on us, and they just happened to miss some of those.  To our players' credit, they got some defensive rebounds in those scenarios.”

The Norse finished with a 21-2 advantage in points off turnovers and a 33-14 edge in bench points. NKU is now 57-8 all-time in The Bank of Kentucky Center, including 5-1 this season. During their last 12 home games dating back to last year, the Norse are 11-1.

It marked the first meeting between NKU and Lipscomb in women's basketball. Hannah Phillips led the Bisons with eight points.

NKU hits the road for games at Florida Gulf Coast (Saturday) and Stetson (Jan. 21) next week. Plitzuweit said those are two of the best teams in the A-Sun and it will be a challenge.

“We will sit back and let everyone enjoy today's win,” Plitzuweit said. “Then we will get back to work Monday because we have a tough road trip next week against two of the best teams in the A-Sun.”

NORSE NOTES: The 33 points scored by LIpscomb is the lowest total by an NKU opponent since last season, when the Norse posted a 61-32 win over Ohio Dominican...earlier last season, NKU held Salem International to just 19 points during a 75-19 victory. In that gane, Salem International scored just nine points in the second half... Kayla Thacker entered Saturday leading the A-Sun in minutes played at 37.5 per game. The junior guard played 33 minutes against Lipscomb, adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals to her 13 points.