May 23, 2002


NKU senior receives GLVC’s most prestigious honor

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball player Michelle Cottrell has earned the 2002 Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award, which is given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Paragon Award is based upon academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character and leadership. The Paragon Award is the most prestigious honor given to a student-athlete in the GLVC.

Cottrell, a graduate of Boone County High School, finished her career as NKU’s all-time scoring leader with 2,241 points. Cottrell was named Kodak NCAA Division II All-American three times, and she earned Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior.

In addition, Cottrell was named GLVC Player of the Year three times, and she earned most outstanding player honors at the 2000 NCAA Division II Elite Eight after leading NKU to the national championship. She finished her career with 48 double-doubles, and NKU advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight three times during her career.

Cottrell was named the most valuable player of this season’s NCAA II Great Lakes Regional at Evansville, Ind., where NKU stunned top-seeded University of Southern Indiana, 69-66, in the championship game to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. She scored 23 of her 31 points in the second half of that game to power NKU past Southern Indiana.

Cottrell also was named to the Verizon Academic All-District IV Team as a junior and senior, and she was a four-time member of the GLVC All-Academic Team.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that an NKU student-athlete has received the Paragon Award. NKU student-athletes Andy Listerman (1998), Shannon Smith (1999), Kevin Listerman (2000) and Michele Tuchfarber (2001) also earned the Paragon Awards during the past five years.