Norse Comeback is Not Enough in WBI First Round Game

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Northern Kentucky's surge late in the second half was not enough as they fell 72-70 to the College of Charleston in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational.

Ellen Holton registered a game-high 21 points and three blocks for the Norse in the game. The senior also added six rebounds and two assists.

Three Charleston players combined for 50 points, with Alyssa Frye leading the team with 20 points.

The Cougars went on a 17-4 run in the opening five minutes of the second half to gain a lead over the Norse.

Northern Kentucky's Jaimie Hamlet recorded her 100th career three-point field goal with 10:47 left in the game to begin the Norse comeback after they trailed by as many as 16 points.

NKU's junior, Kayla Thacker, scored 13 of her 15 points in the closing six minutes of the game to help lead the Norse to within two points. The Norse had the opportunity for a buzzer beater but the shot fell just shy as the College of Charleston knocked NKU out of the tournament.

After her first year with NKU, Head Coach Dawn Plitzuweit coached the squad to their 30th consecutive winning season with a 15-13 record.

The Norse finished fourth in the Atlantic Sun in just their first year as a Divsion I program. In the 2012-13 season, NKU played eight teams that are appearing in a postseason tournament and defeated four of those squads, with victories against Stetson (NCAA), Ball State (WNIT), Youngstown (WNIT) and Mercer (WBI).

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