Dec. 16, 2002
COMMUNITY RECORDER CLASSIC PREVIEW
Norse meet Concordia at 7:30 p.m. Friday in first round
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University womens basketball team will play host to the third annual Community Recorder Classic this Friday and Saturday in Regents Hall.
NKU, which owns a 4-2 record and is ranked No. 16 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, will meet Concordia (N.Y.) College at 7:30 p.m. in the first round on Friday. Northwood (Mich.) University will play Carson-Newman College in the other first-round game at 5:30 p.m.
The consolation game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the championship at 7:30 p.m.
COMMUNITY RECORDER CLASSIC HISTORY: Two years ago in the inaugural Community Recorder Classic, NKU defeated Christian Brothers University, 84-51, to capture the tournament championship.
Michelle Cottrell scored 26 points in the championship game to lead NKU, which built a 44-24 halftime lead by shooting 53.3 percent from the field. Heather Livingstone (14 points, six assists), Michele Tuchfarber (13 points, three steals) and Amy Mobley (six points, three assists, two blocked shots) joined Cottrell on the All-Tournament Team from NKU.
A year ago, Tasha Watt scored 13 points and had nine rebounds as Delta State University defeated NKU, 64-51, in the championship game of the Community Recorder Classic in Regents Hall. NKU - which entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - made just 25 percent of its shots from the field and missed all 14 of its three-point attempts. The loss ended NKUs home win streak at 31 consecutive games, which dated back to Jan. 8, 2000.
Cottrell entered the game needing 13 points to pass Peggy Vincent as NKUs all-time career scoring leader. She broke the record with 7:34 remaining in the game in the middle of an NKU rally that would cut a 16-point Delta State lead to five, but she fouled out two minutes later. Cottrell finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Cottrell, Kristin Polosky and Connie Myers were named to the All-Tournament Team from NKU.
Polosky scored 11 points and added 15 rebounds in the loss to Delta State, and Myers scored 16 points and collected nine rebounds in NKUs 88-52 opening-round win over the University of Alabama-Huntsville before suffering a knee injury late in that game.
MOBLEY, FLANAGAN NEAR 1,000 POINTS: NKU seniors Amy Mobley and Bridget Flanagan enter the Community Recorder Classic closing in on 1,000 career points. Mobley, who averages 11.3 ppg, has scored 955 career points. Flanagan, who averages 13.0 ppg and has made a team-leading 16 three-point shots, enters the Community Recorder Classic with 910 career points.
INSIDE FORCE: NKU sophomore post player Connie Myers leads NKU in scoring at 14.8 ppg. She also averages 5.3 rebounds per game and is shooting 54.7 percent from the field. Myers has scored in double figures in five of NKUs first six games this season. She finished with 18 points in a 71-65 loss to Bellarmine on Dec. 7.
ABOUT CONCORDIA: The Clippers are 1-5 after posting a 64-59 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Concordia will play at Pace University on Wednesday before facing NKU on Friday.
ABOUT NORTHWOOD: The Timberwolves are 1-4, and they will meet unbeaten Grand Valley State on Monday night before playing Carson-Newman on Friday.
ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN: The Eagles are 3-2 and will meet the University of Alabama-Huntsville on Tuesday prior to facing Northwood.
UP NEXT: NKU will play host to Wayne (Mich.) State University at 7 p.m. on Dec. 30, and the Norse will resume Great Lakes Valley Conference play on Jan. 2 with a 5:30 p.m. game at the University of Indianapolis.
NKU will also visit Rensselaer, Ind., on Jan. 4 for a 2 p.m. game at Saint Josephs College.