NKU women celebrate Irvin’s birthday with road win

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The Northern Kentucky University Norse women’s basketball team (13-7, 7-4) hit the road for the second half of Horizon League play to Moon Township, Pennsylvania and came away with a 62-47 win over the Robert Morris Colonials (8-12, 2-9) for a fourth straight win.

Northern Kentucky remained in fifth place and two games behind the three Horizon League leaders in Cleveland State, Green Bay and Youngstown State with just the second road conference win this year.

“We realize that it’s tougher to win on the road,” said Camryn Whitaker, Northern Kentucky head coach. “We kind of wanted to get that monkey off our back. We’d struggled a bit. It was nice to just pick up a 15-point win against a really gritty, tough defensive team. We really struggled in that third quarter offensively. But I thought our kids fought hard and did a good job of staying the course, battling and being tough coming out with a win.”

Graduate student guard Lindsey Duvall notched her ninth double-double this year with 12 points, 15 rebounds and two steals. She ranks 25th in the country in that category.

Sophomore guard Kailee Davis had a team-high 19 points for her 14th game in double figures this year to go with five rebounds and three steals. Graduate student Emmy Souder added nine points and seven rebounds.

The Norse celebrated a win on senior forward Tayah Irvin’s birthday. Irvin generally comes off the bench to give Souder and others a breather.

“Now we get to go celebrate (my birthday) as a team,” Irvin said. “I’m just proud of how my teammates played. I think we all did well across the board.”

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Northern Kentucky travels to Youngstown State on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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