Dec. 3, 2001

NKU TO HOST KWC, USI THIS WEEK

Unbeaten Norse (5-0) own 28-game home win streak

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 Saturday afternoon with a 75-48 win over Salem International University in Regents Hall. The Norse are 3-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and will play host to Kentucky Wesleyan College at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday night.

NKU will also meet defending GLVC champion University of Southern Indiana at 5:30 p.m. Saturday night in a conference showdown in Regents Hall. USI (6-2, 3-1 GLVC) defeated NKU twice last season, but both games were played in Evansville, Ind. The Lady Eagles did not visit Regents Hall last season.

Both NKU games will be televised live this week on ICN-6 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Amy Mobley scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds Saturday to lead NKU past Salem International. Mobley scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the first half as NKU built a 39-19 lead. The Norse limited Salem International (0-3) to just 26.9 percent shooting from the field in the first half.

Bridget Flanagan scored 17 points and added three steals for the Norse.

NKU made 53.1 percent of its shots from the field and forced Salem International into 24 turnovers. The Norse won the rebounding battle by a 44-34 margin.

COTTRELL MOVES CLOSER TO RECORD: Michelle Cottrell added 11 points and six rebounds for NKU in the win over Salem International. Cottrell now has 1,812 career points, and she needs just 72 points to pass Peggy Vincent (1,883 points) and become NKU’s all-time career scoring leader. Cottrell earned GLVC co-Player of the Week honors on Monday after averaging 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and shooting 72.4 percent from the field last week.

WILL SHE BREAK THE RECORD AT HOME?: Cottrell, a graduate of Boone County High School, needs to average 18 points during NKU’s next four games if she is to break the record at home. After hosting the Community Recorder Classic Dec. 20-21, NKU will hit the road for games at Ferris State, Quincy University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Cottrell is averaging 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds through the first five games of the season.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES KEEP ADDING UP: Cottrell now has 39 double-doubles after picking up 26 points and 15 rebounds against Indianapolis last Thursday night. She averages 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds entering Thursday night’s game against Kentucky Wesleyan.

HOME STREAK CONTINUES: NKU has won 28 consecutive home games entering Thursday night’s contest against Kentucky Wesleyan. The Norse have not lost at home since Jan. 8, 2000, when Bellarmine posted a 76-72 win against NKU in Regents Hall.

MOBLEY MAKES MOST OF STARTING: NKU junior forward/center Amy Mobley has started the past two games, and she has responded by scoring in double figures both times. Mobley scored 10 points, grabbed three rebounds and had four assists against Indianapolis, and she followed that with a 16-point, seven-rebound effort against Salem International. Mobley averages 8.0 ppg and 3.2 rpg.

WINSTEL NEARS 400 WINS: NKU head coach Nancy Winstel now has 392 career wins with the Norse. She is looking to become the first basketball coach in NKU history to reach the 400-victory milestone.

ABOUT KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: The Panthers are 1-5 after dropping a 93-85 decision to Saint Joseph’s College last Saturday in Owensboro, Ky. Kentucky Wesleyan is 0-4 in the GLVC.

The Panthers feature junior guard Leslie Warren, who averages a team-leading 15.8 ppg. Warren has made 13 three-pointers this season. Sophomore guard Lydia Purvis averages 14.0 ppg, and junior forward Kami Vaal is scoring 12.2 ppg.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: On Feb. 15, 2001, Michelle Cottrell made 9 of 11 shots from the field and had 24 points as NKU posted a 102-73 win over Kentucky Wesleyan at Owensboro, Ky. Julie Cowens and Michele Tuchfarber both added 16 points as the Norse shot 55.9 percent from the field en route to the easy win.

THE SERIES AGAINST KWC: NKU leads the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan, 35-3. NKU owns a 17-0 record in Regents Hall against the Panthers. All three Kentucky Wesleyan wins against NKU have come in Owensboro, Ky.