Dec. 18, 2007
Highland Heights, KY - Northern Kentucky University ultimately controlled the match-up Monday evening against the Lady Broncos of Fayetteville State University and earned a 93-80 win during the first night of the Travel America Classic.
Halfway through the first half, the Norse had built their largest lead of the opening period, 29-11. The Lady Broncos buckled down and began to chisel at Northern Kentucky's advantage. With 1:50 remaining before halftime, sophomore guard L' Oreal Price found freshman forward Tiffany Haywood in the paint for a lay-up to cut NKU's lead to 38-34.
Before the end of the half, Angela Healy would score a lay-up and free throw for the Norse, which accounted for the 41-34 halftime score. Healy had a game-high in points and rebounds for NKU with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Northern Kentucky came into this contest ranked 13th nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.
In the second half, Northern Kentucky came out poised and ready to claim a victory. By the 9:06 mark, the Norse had stretched their advantage to 23 (76-53), the largest lead of the game. FSU made a late surge, but the deficit was just too much to overcome. Northern Kentucky improved this season to 6-1 overall with the 93-80 victory, while FSU falls to 5-2.
The Lady Broncos had their second lowest shooting performance of the season. FSU shot just 36.7 percent from the field on 29-of-79 shooting. NKU entered Monday's game as the number one shot-blocking team in their conference, averaging eight blocks per game. The Norse tied a school record with 15 blocks against Fayetteville State.
FSU forced the Norse to commit 30 turnovers and scored 20 points off those turnovers. The Lady Broncos, however, finished with 25 turnovers and made just 51.4 percent (18-for-35) of their free throws.
Head coach Eric Tucker was ejected from the game in the second half after being assessed with a second technical foul. Four Lady Broncos finished with double digit points totals. Price led the way producing 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Junior guard Jamara McMillan also finished with 19 points and five steals.
Junior forward Shacovia Sheppard
made her debut this season almost closing in on a double-double; concluding the contest with 10 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Leticia Dickson
also contributed 10 points.
Fayetteville State University returns to the court Tuesday at 7:30p to face Kentucky Wesleyan in the finale of the two-day event. Kentucky Wesleyan ran over St. Andrews 73-56 in their day one match-up.