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Twin power! Roush sisters nearly outscore Cleveland State

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NKU senior Courtney Roush (12) was named Horizon League player of the week by the conference, becoming the first NKU women’s player to receive the honor.

NKU senior Courtney Roush (12) was named Horizon League player of the week by the conference, becoming the first NKU women’s player to receive the honor.

Matt Sexton

Matt Sexton

NKU senior Courtney Roush (12) was named Horizon League player of the week by the conference, becoming the first NKU women’s player to receive the honor.

Matt Sexton, Sports Editor

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Roush twins provided just about all the offense the NKU women’s basketball team needed Thursday night in an 83-51 beatdown of Cleveland State.

Christine Roush led all scorers with 26 points. Her twin sister, Courtney, scored a career-high 22 points. The two combined to finish just three points shy of the Viking team total.

NKU actually got off to a bit of a slow start. Cleveland State led 20-14 after one quarter.

It was all Norse from that point forward.

The Norse went on a 15-1 run to take a 27-21 lead with 6:09 left in the second. The Vikings cut the deficit to 29-28 with 4:11 remaining. Then they did not score for 6:32.

During that stretch, NKU outscored CSU 15-0 to take a 44-28 lead with 7:39 left in the third. The scoring onslaught continued for the Norse, as the ended the third quarter on a 17-5 run.

In total, the Norse outscored the Vikings 30-11 in the third to take a 66-39 lead going to the fourth. They cruised through the fourth quarter to break a three-game losing streak.

In addition to the big night for the Roush sisters, Kelley Wiegman had 11 points while Kasey Uetrecht had 10. NKU (11-8, 3-5 in Horizon League) shared the ball well, picking up 19 assists on 25 field goals.

Ashanti Abshaw led Cleveland State (4-14, 1-7) with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Cleveland State shot just 30.4 percent from the floor while Northern Kentucky shot 45.5 percent.

NKU will play the second of four straight Horizon League road games 1 p.m. Saturday at Youngstown State. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

Summary

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

@ Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Northern Kentucky 83, Cleveland State 51

N — 14 – 22 – 30 – 17 — 83
C — 20 – 8 – 11 – 12 — 51

(83) NORTHERN KENTUCKY (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Ch. Roush 9-4-4-26, Co. Roush 9-2-2-22, Wiegman 1-1-8-11, Uetrecht 2-2-4-10, Sanders 2-0-0-4, Kinch 1-1-0-3, Glick 1-1-0-3, Lyttle 0-0-2-2, Gayheart 0-0-2-2. TOTALS 25-11-22-83.

(51) CLEVELAND STATE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Abshaw 5-1-2-13, Voskuhl 3-1-0-7, Bosley 0-0-1-1, Livingston 2-2-0-6, Smith 1-0-2-4, Newman 4-2-0-10, Butler 0-0-1-1, Aideyman 2-0-1-5, Mitchell 0-0-4-4. TOTALS 17-6-11-51.

FIELD GOALS: N 25/55 (Ch. Roush 9/15, Co. Roush 9/13); C 17/56 (Abshaw 5/13, Newman 4/10)

3 POINT FIELD GOALS: N 11/26 (Ch. Roush 4/8, Co. Roush 2/4, Uetrecht 2/5); C 6/24 (Livingston 2/3)

FREE THROWS: N 22/29 (Wiegman 8/10, Uetrecht 4/4, Ch. Roush 4/4); C 11/23 (Mitchell 4/4)

REBOUNDS: N 45 (Lyttle 7, Ch. Roush 6, Co. Roush 6, Uetrecht 5, Gayheart 5); C 33 (Abshaw 8, Davidson 5)

ASSISTS: N 19 (Lyttle 5, Gayheart 5, Uetrecht 4); C 12 (Smith 4)

STEALS: N 9; C 8

BLOCKED SHOTS: N 3; C 1

TURNOVERS: N 19; C 20

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