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NKU hands YSU women first loss

Published: Wed, November 28, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

Staff report

Highland Heights, Ky.

Northern Kentucky scored four points in the final two seconds to steal a 66-64 win from the Youngstown State women’s basketball team Tuesday night at The Bank of Kentucky Center.

After the Penguins missed three of four attempts from the free-throw line in the final 26 seconds, Kayla Thacker hit a leaning bucket around a defender from 19 feet away to tie the score at 64 with 1.7 seconds left. YSU’s Karen Flagg then stepped over the line on the inbounds pass for a turnover. Melody Doss hit a runner in the lane on NKU’s inbounds pass just before the buzzer.

NKU (1-4) led by as many as 14 in the first half, but YSU led by six with 3:18 left.

YSU’s Brandi Brown finished with 21 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, and Heidi Schlegel scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half.

Norse freshman Christine Roush led all scorers with 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting, and she made four of NKU’s eight 3-pointers. Northern Kentucky was hosting its first Division-I home game and picked up its first victory at this level. The Norse improved to 26-2 at home over the last three seasons.

YSU (4-1) was riding its first four-game winning streak since the 2007-08 season.

Shar’Rae Davis added 11 points and five assists before fouling out with 11:02 left in the second half. Hopper chipped in with 11 points for NKU.

Youngstown State will conclude its November schedule at home on Friday against Stony Brook. Tip-off against the Seawolves is set for 7:05 p.m.


1YtownSports(306 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

OUCH! Shades of Green Bay last year except that NKU is a team YSU shouldn't have lost to. My guess is that we'll see a more intense and focused effort at home against Stony Brook on Friday night.

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2Spiderlegs(161 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Ugly loss, but every team has its hiccups as it rises, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there was a let down after Sunday's feat. Good teaching moment for Boldon to discuss how to handle the end of the game and how to pace oneself over the season. Nobody can be taken lightly--all the teams have good players, which is why it is D-I.

Not enough credit to Schlegel for last night and how her first half points changed the tempo. She took over the game in the first half when YSU was down 10+ and nobody else was playing well.

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