The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team fell to Wright State on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 61-55. Wright State improves to 13-4 overall and 5-0 in the Horizon League, remaining the only unbeaten team in the league. NKU drops to 3-12 and 2-3 in league play.
- Taylor Clos led the Norse with 16 points. She also added three assists and a steal.
- Kailey Coffey had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, her second of the season and her fifth of her career.
- Molly Glick added 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.
- Ally Niece contributed seven points, five rebounds and an assist.
- Grayson Rose had a career-best 14 rebounds, as well as two points, two assists and two blocks.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
- The Norse had a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Niece scored five points in the period, while Coffey added four points.
- NKU held Wright State to 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) shooting in the quarter, including 1-of-5 (20.0 percent) on 3-point attempts.
- The Norse used a 6-0 run to go ahead 22-14 with 7:08 to play in the second quarter.
- Wright State ended the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 29-26 lead into halftime.
- NKU shot 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) in the half, while Wright State went 12-of-35 (34.3 percent) from the floor.
- NKU had a 14-10 advantage in points in the paint, as well as a 7-2 advantage in second-chance points in the half.
- Coffey led the Norse with nine points, while Niece and Clos chipped in seven and six points, respectively.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
- After Glick tied the game at 29-29 with a 3-pointer, Wright State went on a 9-0 run to take a 38-29 lead with 7:15 to play in the third quarter.
- With Wright State leading 59-48, NKU went on a 7-0 run over a stretch of 1:09 to cut the lead to 59-55 with 34.7 seconds to play.
- The Norse would not get any closer, as the Raiders made a couple of free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
- NKU held Wright State to 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) shooting in the second half, including just 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) on 3-point attempts.
- The Norse shot 8-of-36 (22.2 percent) on field goals and 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) on attempts from behind the arc in the half.
- The Norse held Wright State to 22-of-66 (33.3 percent) shooting in the game, including just 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) on 3-pointers.
- NKU finished the game shooting 18-of-64 (28.1 percent).
- NKU had a slight edge on the boards by outrebounding the Raiders 46-44 and held the league’s top offensive rebounding team to 10 offensive boards. NKU had 13 offensive rebounds, resulting in 13 second-chance points.
- The Norse committed a season-low 12 turnovers. The previous season low was 15 turnovers against Providence and IUPUI.
- The Norse travel to Cleveland State on Friday, Jan. 18 for an 11 a.m. tipoff. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
Assistant Athletic Communications Director
Northern Kentucky University