KENNESAW, Ga. -- A 38-point second half outing from the Kennesaw State women's basketball team was stopped just short as the Owls fell to Northern Kentucky University, 65-49, in the first ever meeting between the two schools on Saturday evening.
After being outscored 37-11 in the first half, the Owls, now 4-16 on the season and 0-8 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, opened up the second half on an 8-0 run, kicked off by a Sametria Gideon (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones HS) layup and free throw, followed by a Nicole Adams (New Port Richey, Fla./Gulf HS) triple and a Christine Wylie (Ballarat, Australia/Ballarat HS) jumper to cut the lead to 37-19.
At the 12:35 mark of the second half, the Owls cut what was a 26 point NKU (7-10, 4-4 A-Sun) lead down to just 14 at 43-29 with an Adams 15-foot jumper.
As the Norse brought their lead back up to 24, the black and gold again found its rhythm, going on a 9-0 run in the next four minutes to cut it back down to 15. Gideon was good for four points during the stretch as freshman Chelsea Mason (Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue West HS) put in her second of three three-pointers of the ballgame to make it 56-41 with under five minutes to go.
Mason went on to score the last four points of the game for KSU as NKU took the win, 65-49.
"In the first half we didn't have the energy to win," said Kennesaw State head coach Nitra Perry. "In the second half, we came out with a much better effort and I have to credit my seniors and Christine (Wylie) for that. We just have to build on it and keep learning."
Gideon finished the game with her 10th double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of her career high, with a 4-for-6 night from the charity stripe. Holliday also ended with 12, hitting on a pair of threes to go with her team-high three assists. Mason was the third Owl to finish in double-figures scoring with her 11.
The combination of Wylie and Adams went off for 12 points on the night, Adams putting in a career-high eight with Wylie tipping in a season-best four. Adams also set a new career mark with three field goals while Wylie earned a season-high with three blocks.
As a team, KSU pulled in 38 rebounds, tying with the Norse in that category, with Gideon's 14 the top mark for both squads. Mason was good for eight rebounds as well while Wylie hauled in five.
The Owls will continue their road trip this Monday, Jan. 28, as KSU heads to Lipscomb for a 7 p.m. game in Nashville, Tenn.
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