Dec. 20, 2000

NKU DEFEATS SAINT FRANCIS, 88-71

Norse extend nation’s longest win streak to 32 straight games

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Michelle Cottrell scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Wednesday night as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team defeated the University of Saint Francis (Ind.), 88-71, in Regents Hall.

NKU (8-0) has now won 32 consecutive games dating back to last season. The Norse - ranked No. 1 nationally in the Division II poll - have not lost since Jan. 8, 2000, when Bellarmine posted a 76-72 win against NKU in Regents Hall. The 32-game winning streak is the longest in the nation.

Saint Francis (13-2) entered Wednesday’s game ranked No. 1 nationally in the NAIA II poll, but the Cougars made just 42 percent of their shots from the field and lost the rebounding battle by a 38-29 margin.

Cottrell has now scored 1,349 career points and moved into seventh place on the NKU all-time scoring list Wednesday. Heather Livingstone added 20 points for NKU, and Michele Tuchfarber scored 16 points.

NKU’s next game will be at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30, when Ferris State University visits Regents Hall.

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