Dec. 26, 2003
NKU PREPARES FOR WAYNE STATE
Norse face important regional road game at 5:30 p.m. Monday
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University womens basketball team will play a road game at Wayne (Mich.) State University at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Detroit, Mich.
The game will be broadcast live on the radio on WTSJ (1050 AM).
NKU is 6-3 after capturing the Community Recorder Classic with an 82-67 win over Fayetteville (N.C.) State University on Dec. 13 in Regents Hall. It marked the third time in four years that the Norse won the Community Recorder Classic.
Connie Myers scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to lead NKU past Fayetteville State. After Fayetteville State closed to within 35-33 early in the second half on a basket by Monica Mason, Myers keyed a 15-0 NKU run by scoring eight points. She powered her way for three straight inside baskets, and Nikki Perkins capped the Norse spurt with a three-pointer to give NKU a 50-33 lead.
Perkins finished with 20 points and four assists for the Norse, who are ranked No. 24 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. Myers grabbed 11 rebounds for NKU, and she made 11-of-15 free throws. She also added four steals and a blocked shot.
NKU bolted out to a 22-7 lead early in the game as Jessica Brock hit a trio of three-point shots.
Fayetteville State, however, used its full-court pressure to force NKU into 17 first-half turnovers and closed the margin to 35-31 at halftime.
NKU solved the full-court pressure in the second half and made 59.3 percent of its shots from the field during the final 20 minutes. Sharell Snardon scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, and she finished with 10 rebounds.
Brock added nine points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots for NKU, and Elizabeth Burrows had seven points, five assists and five rebounds.
SNARDON NO. 1 IN REBOUNDING: NKU sophomore post player Sharell Snardon ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in rebounding at 10.2 rebounds per game. Snardon, who has six double-doubles this season, is No. 2 in the GLVC in scoring at 17.4 points per contest and No. 2 in field goal percentage at 63.2 percent.
NKUs Jessica Brock ranks No. 10 in the GLVC in rebounding at 6.1 boards per contest. The Norse's Elizabeth Burrows ranks No. 4 in the GLVC in assists at 4.78 assists per game.
COMMUNITY RECORDER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: NKU placed four players - Jessica Brock, Sharell Snardon, Nikki Perkins and Connie Myers - on the Community Recorder Classic All-Tournament Team.
It marked the third straight years that Myers earned All-Tournament honors in that event. She was also the top vote-getter in the Community Recorder Classic for the second straight year.
Myers averages 12.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg. She is also shooting 44.9 percent from the field.
PERKINS FINDS THE RANGE: NKU junior guard Nikki Perkins was 9-of-13 from three-point range during the Community Recorder Classic. She has made 21-of-45 three-point attempts this season and averages 12.6 ppg.
TOUGH DEFENSE: NKU ranks No. 2 in the GLVC in field goal percentage defense at .386.
AUTOMATIC FROM THE LINE: NKU freshman Karyn Creager has made 88.9 percent of her free throws this season. Going into Mondays game, Creager is 16-for-18 at the line.
ABOUT WAYNE STATE: The Warriors are 3-6 after posting a 79-65 win at St. Francis (Ind.) on Dec. 20. Wayne State, which qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament last season, is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Wayne State features senior guard Jodi Young, who averages 22.1 points per game. Young has made 26-of-75 three-point attempts this season.
Senior point guard Ebony Vincent averages 14.8 ppg and leads the team with 59 assists. She has also connected on 19 three-point field goals this season.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST WAYNE STATE: On Dec. 30, 2002, Amy Mobley scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as NKU defeated Wayne State, 96-64, in Regents Hall.
Connie Myers added 16 points and nine rebounds for NKU, which shot 60 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 55-33 margin to roll past the Warriors. NKU built a 52-33 halftime lead as Mobley scored 14 points and Bridget Flanagan added 13 of her 15 points in the first half. Flanagan made a trio of three-point shots in the opening 20 minutes.
NKU used a 23-2 run to extend a 23-22 lead to an 46-24 advantage with 4:08 remaining in the first half. Six different players scored for NKU during that spurt.
Kristin Polosky finished with six points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Norse, while teammate Elizabeth Burrows had 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Wayne State - which attempted 39 three-point shots - was led by Jodi Youngs 25 points.
NKU is 4-0 all-time against Wayne State.