Aug. 5, 2002


Norse open season Nov. 22 against Grand Valley State

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will begin the 2002-03 season on Nov. 22 against Grand Valley State University in a game that will be played at Findlay, Ohio.

NKU, which posted a 26-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight last season, will then meet the University of Findlay on Nov. 23 on the Oilers’ home court. The Norse, who captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season championship in 2001-02 and finished with a No. 5 national ranking in the NCAA Division II poll, will begin defense of their GLVC title on Nov. 30 when Quincy University visits Regents Hall.

“It’s a tough way to begin the season, and the fact we start GLVC play so early makes it important we come together as a team quickly,” NKU head coach Nancy Winstel said. “Grand Valley State and Findlay are both regional opponents from the GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), so those are very important games to begin our season.”

NKU will travel to Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 7 to meet Bellarmine University in an early-season showdown between two of the GLVC’s top teams. Bellarmine won both regular-season games in 2001-02, but the Norse rebounded to defeat the Lady Knights during the GLVC Tournament.

NKU will host the third annual Community Recorder Classic Dec. 20-21 in Regents Hall. Northwood (Mich.) University will play Carson-Newman College in the opener at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, followed by NKU taking on Concordia (N.Y.) College at 7:30 p.m.

NKU, which has made three trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight during the past four seasons, will welcome back two starters and eight letterwinners from its Great Lakes Region championship team. Senior guard Bridget Flanagan averaged 12.8 points per game last season and earned second team All-GLVC honors. Flanagan also made a school-record 81 three-point field goals in 2001-02.

The Norse also return senior forward Amy Mobley, who averaged 11.5 ppg and 6.4 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Kristin Polosky returns after averaging 9.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg.

“We have some very good players returning, but we also lost some key people to graduation,” said Winstel, who must replace three-time All-American Michelle Cottrell in the Norse lineup. “This is going to be an interesting year, and we do not have any early-season warm-up games. We’re going to have to be ready to play right from the start because it’s a very tough schedule.”

The freshman class features guard Rachel Pohlman, who averaged 14.1 ppg as a senior and led Delphos St. John’s High School to the Ohio Division IV state championship. The Norse also welcome in forward Sharell Snardon, a graduate of Louisville Male High School who averaged 16.5 points and 10 rebounds last season.