Dec. 28, 2000


No. 1 Norse (8-0) attempt to extend win streak to 33 consecutive games

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team is 8-0 after posting an 88-71 victory over the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Dec. 20 in Regents Hall. The Norse, the defending NCAA Division II national champions, are ranked No. 1 nationally in the Division II poll.

NKU will play host to Ferris State University at 2 p.m. this Saturday in Regents Hall. Ferris State is 9-1 and will play at the University of Southern Indiana on Friday night prior to visiting Regents Hall on Saturday.

NKU is led by junior forward Michelle Cottrell, who averages 20.3 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Cottrell is also shooting 65 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. Cottrell enters Saturday’s game with 1,349 career points, which ranks No. 7 in Norse women’s basketball history.

Senior guard Heather Livingstone averages 14.6 ppg and has made 44 percent (11 of 25) of her three-point attempts. Livingstone leads NKU with 37 assists and also has 19 steals. Senior guard Michele Tuchfarber averages 11.8 ppg and has made 12 of 27 three-point attempts.

Tuchfarber enters Saturday’s game with 1,321 career points, which ranks No. 9 on the NKU all-time scoring list. Tuchfarber needs just six points to move into eighth place on the Norse all-time scoring list.

THE STREAK CONTINUES: NKU has now won 32 consecutive games dating back to last season. The Norse 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.

NORSE DEFEAT NAIA’S TOP-RANKED TEAM: On Dec. 20 in Regents Hall, Michelle Cottrell scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as NKU defeated the University of Saint Francis (Ind.), 88-71, in a battle of teams ranked No. 1 nationally in their respective polls.

Saint Francis entered that 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. Heather Livingstone added 20 points for NKU, and Michele Tuchfarber scored 16 points.

NON-CONFERENCE HOME WIN STREAK: NKU has not lost at home to a non-conference opponent since Dec. 30, 1997, when Oakland (Mich.) posted a 74-66 victory against the Norse in Regents Hall. Since that defeat, NKU has gone 11-0 against non-conference teams in Regents Hall.

WIDE MARGINS: NKU currently is beating its opponents by an average of 26 points per game. NKU averages 83.1 points and is limiting the opposition to just 57.1 ppg. The Norse are also holding the opponents to just 37.7 percent shooting from the field.

ABOUT FERRIS STATE: The Bulldogs, members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, own a 9-1 record going into Friday’s game at Southern Indiana. Ferris State is unbeaten in the GLIAC (4-0).

Ferris State qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament last season and finished with a 22-7 record. The Bulldogs are led by senior forward/center Tianna Kirkland, who averages 14.8 ppg. Kirkland also averages 5.1 rebounds and is shooting 50.9 percent from the field.

Ferris State also features junior guard Debbie Killips, who averages 11.6 ppg and has a team-leading 64 assists. Senior forward Dana Bull averages 10.2 ppg and 5.5 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

GLVC PLAY RESUMES NEXT THURSDAY: NKU will resume Great Lakes Valley Conference play next Thursday night (Jan. 4) when Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville visits Regents Hall at 5:30 p.m. After that game, NKU will travel to Evansville, Ind., on Jan. 6, for a showdown with unbeaten Southern Indiana at 6:15 p.m.