ROCHESTER, Mich. – Northern Kentucky women’s basketball trailed Oakland by just two points at the half in the final regular-season road game, but the Golden Grizzlies used a second-half surge to defeat the Norse on their Senior Night, 86-66. With the loss, NKU falls to 8-20 overall and 4-12 in Horizon League play, while Oakland moves on to 16-11 (10-6 HL).
· Redshirt-freshman guard Taryn Taugher led the Norse in scoring with 15 points, while senior guard Kelley Wiegman added 13.
· Junior guard Mikayla Terry poured in 12 points and dished out four assists.
· Senior forward Rebecca Lyttle was just short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. She also had a season high and tied her career best in blocks, with four, while adding a pair of steals.
· Senior guard Shar’Rae Davis led the team in assists, with five, and added six points.
First Half Summary
· NKU had one of its strongest opening quarters of the season, shooting 60.0 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range to lead Oakland by a 20-16 margin.
· The Norse were unable to draw a foul in the first quarter, but the Golden Grizzlies scored half their points from the free throw line with an 8-of-10 effort.
· Oakland was held to just 4-of-17 from the field for 23.5 percent in the first quarter.
· The offensive outputs flipped in the second quarter, with Oakland shooting 66.7 percent while NKU was 27.3 percent, earning 11 of its 18 points in the quarter from the charity stripe.
· The Golden Grizzlies outscored the Norse 24-18 in the second quarter to hold a 40-38 lead at the half. Oakland took advantage of NKU’s 12 turnovers, converting them into 13 points.
· Taugher and Wiegman led the Norse in scoring with 11 and nine points, respectively, while Davis dished out five assists and Lyttle grabbed five boards. Terry added seven points on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor in six minutes, seeing limited play to early foul trouble.
Second Half Summary
· The Norse had a consistent half, shooting over 40.0 percent in both the third and fourth quarters.
· Oakland held just a six-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but had an offensive outburst in the final stanza with 27 points, shooting 64.7 percent.
· Oakland now holds a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series and swept the season against the Norse with an earlier win over NKU on Jan. 27.
· Northern Kentucky shot 44.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, while Oakland was 48.5 percent from the field.
· Oakland scored twice as many points as NKU in the paint, 48-24, but the Norse were able to outrebound the League’s leader 34-31.
· The Golden Grizzlies recorded 15 steals and forced an additional 13 miscues. Oakland was able to convert 37 points off turnovers, compared to just two points for the Norse off 12 turnovers by Oakland.
· Four Norse scored in double digits for just the fourth time this season, and the third in League action.
· The Norse return home for the final two games of the Horizon League regular season. NKU takes on Milwaukee first, hosting the Panthers at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. The game will be broadcast on the ESPN3 platform and can be streamed live on computers, tablets and smart phones through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.