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ASHLAND, Ohio -- Quincy garnered a 75-65 victory against Northern Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night.

Tthe Lady Hawks recorded the first points of the game on a layup and a jumper from Kassidy Shuman. Quincy's advantage grew to nine points -- the largest of the first half -- on a 3-pointer from Karlee Gengenbacher at the 9:30 mark. A jumper from Ali Schwagmeyer kept the Lady Hawks ahead, but the Norse found a way to slowly close the gap. 

Over the next four minutes, the Norse scored 12 points to tie the Lady Hawks at 25-25 with just under five minutes left in the half. After a back-and-forth battle, Northern Kentucky took the lead by holding Quincy scoreless for four consecutive minutes. 

The Lady Hawks entered halftime down by 33-30. Quincy shot 53 percent from the field in the first half compared to Northern Kentucky's 47-percent, however, the Lady Hawks also recorded seven turnovers compared to the Norse's two. Quincy also shot 40 percent from three-point range, sinking two in five attempts.

In the second half, the Norse continued to increase their lead to 35-30. Quincy began making a comeback however, starting with a Schwagmeyer layup followed by a free throw for a three-point play. Gengenbacher chipped in with a layup to tie the score, but Northern Kentucky responded with a 3-pointer to regain the lead. 

The Lady Hawks continued to trail until 13:45 when Schwagmeyer hit a 3-pointer to put Quincy in front. With the scored tied at 47-47, the Norse were able to control the next six minutes of play, but the Lady Hawks kept fighting. Finally, after a free throw from Henke followed by a Gengenbacher 3-pointer, the Lady Hawks were able to push ahead to a 10-point lead, holding Northern Kentucky to just five points over the next five minutes. 

Quincy shot 46 percent from the field while committing 11 turnovers. The Lady Hawks out-shot and out-rebounded the Norse 61-58 and 38-30 respectively. Schwagmeyer reached a season-high 30 points as the game's leading scorer, and recorded 11 rebounds along the way to notch a double-double. Kassidy Shuman dropped 15 points and recorded two steals while Linsay Henke chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds.