Dec. 26, 1999
NKU TRAVELS TO FLORIDA THIS WEEK
Norse (7-0) to meet Florida Southern, Tampa
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University womens basketball team, now 7-0 and ranked No. 6 nationally in the WBCA Division II poll, will travel to Florida this week for games at Florida Southern College (7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28) and the University of Tampa (5:30 p.m. on Dec. 30).
NKU improved to 7-0 on Dec. 21 with an 80-36 victory against Kentucky State University in Regents Hall. The Norse limited KSU to just 18.2 percent shooting from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 55-38 margin. NKU scored the first 16 points of that game and never trailed.
Junior guard Heather Livingstone scored a game-high 19 points to lead NKU past KSU. Livingstone connected on 5 of 6 three-point shots in that game. Livingstone averages 14.7 points per game, and she leads the team in both three-pointers made (22) and three-point percentage (.595). She also ranks No. 1 on the team in assists (24) and steals (20).
Sophomore forward Michelle Cottrell, who scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out six assists against KSU, leads the team in scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg). Cottrell is also shooting 61.2 percent from the field and 74.3 percent from the free throw line.
Junior guard Michele Tuchfarber, who missed the KSU game due to a leg injury, averages 16.0 ppg and 4.3 rebounds. Tuchfarber also has dished out 13 assists and has 12 steals.
Freshman forward Amy Mobley (5.3 ppg) leads NKU with 11 blocked shots, and she also averages 6.7 rebounds per game. Mobley blocked four shots, grabbed eight rebounds and scored seven points against KSU.
Sophomore guard Suzie Smith scored a career-high 13 points and dished out four assists against KSU. Smith averages 5.1 ppg, and she has also recorded 18 assists this season. Freshman center Kristin Polosky (6.9 ppg) scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds against KSU.
Junior center Julie Cowens, who averages 10.4 ppg, scored 10 points and had six rebounds in the victory against KSU. Cowens is also shooting 56.8 percent from the field.
NKU ADDS GEIMAN TO SQUAD: NKU has added Lisa Geiman, a 5-10 senior forward, to the team as a walk-on. Geiman, a graduate of Bishop Brossart High School, earned three letters for the NKU womens soccer team.
COTTRELL MOVES UP LIST: NKU sophomore forward Michelle Cottrell has now scored 728 career points in just 40 career games at NKU. She is on pace to become NKUs all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
Peggy Vincent is currently NKUs all-time leader in both categories with 1,883 points and 1,166 rebounds.
TUCHFARBER CLOSES IN ON 1,000 POINTS: NKU junior guard Michele Tuchfarber has scored 886 career points and is looking to become just the 17th player in NKU womens basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.
ABOUT FLORIDA SOUTHERN: The Moccasins own a 5-2 record. FSC is led by senior center Tasha Smith, who averages 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. FSC also features junior guard Alicia Evans, who is scoring 13.1 ppg, and junior guard Melissa Brown, who averages 10.4 ppg.
ABOUT TAMPA: The Lady Spartans are currently 6-3. Tampa is led by senior guard Trysta Morenz, who averages 21.4 points per game. Morenz has made 15 of 42 three-point shots this season, and she also has a team-leading 58 steals.
Senior center Chervara Smith is scoring 17.0 ppg and a team-leading 9.7 rebounds per game. Freshman center Jessie McDowell averages 12.5 ppg, and she has made 61.5 percent of her shots from the field.