Penguins overcome early deficit to defeat Norse


Colin Johnson

Kailey Coffey (23) looks for a teammate to pass to during the game against IUPUI.

The NKU women’s basketball team fell to Youngstown State 54-51 on the road Thursday night. The Norse fall to 5-15 and 3-6 in conference play while the Penguins improve to 8-12 and 4-5 in Horizon League play.

NKU’s Molly Glick scored 18 points on 7-11 shooting while Taryn Taugher scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Chelsea Olsen scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Penguins while Sarah Cash scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds

The Norse got off to a fast start, scoring 21 points in the first quarter while holding the Penguins to 17 points. The Penguins would catch back up, outscoring NKU 10-7 in the second quarter. NKU held a 28-27 lead at halftime despite allowing Youngstown to shoot 50 percent while shooting just 34 percent.

The Norse did force 12 turnovers from the Penguins in the first half.

That trend continued in the second half, as the Norse forced 10 more turnovers. It was shooting that determined the game, however, as the Penguins would shoot 47 percent in the second half while NKU would shoot just 33 percent.

The Norse shot four total free throws and missed all of them while the Penguins made nine of their 13 free throws.

NKU will look ahead to Saturday when they will face Cleveland State in Cleveland at 8 p.m..