Dec. 3, 2002
NKU PREPARES FOR KWC, BELLARMINE
Norse hit road for important GLVC games
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University womens basketball team will face a pair of important Great Lakes Valley Conference road games this weekend, starting with a 6:15 p.m. Thursday contest at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
NKU will also travel to Louisville, Ky., to meet unbeaten Bellarmine University (4-0 overall, 2-0 GLVC) at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. The broadcasts of both games can be heard live on the radio on WTSJ (AM 1050).
NKU is 3-1 after posting a 73-43 win over the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Monday in Regents Hall. Elizabeth Burrows scored a career-high 15 points and added four assists Monday as NKU improved to 2-0 in the GLVC.
Burrows, a sophomore guard and a graduate of Eastern Brown (Ohio) High School, scored 11 points and made a trio of three-point shots in the first half as NKU built a 44-21 lead. The Norse shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half and made 8 of 17 three-point attempts.
Bridget Flanagan added 11 of her 13 points in the first half as NKU won its third consecutive game. The Norse held a 51-28 rebounding advantage and limited Missouri-St. Louis to just 29.1 percent shooting from the field.
Connie Myers and Amy Mobley each added 13 points for NKU, which owns a 10-1 lead in the all-time series with Missouri-St. Louis (3-2 overall, 0-2 GLVC). Kristin Polosky finished with nine points, eight assists, six rebounds and four blocked shots for the Norse.
ON THE BOARDS: NKU owns a +8.7 rebound margin in its first four games. The Norse average 45.5 rebounds per game, while the opposition is grabbing 36.8 rpg. The Norse feature five players - Amy Mobley, Elizabeth Burrows, Kristin Polosky, Jessica Brock and Connie Myers - who average at least five rebounds per game. Mobley leads the team at 7.0 rpg, followed by Burrows at 6.3 rpg.
STINGY DEFENSE: NKU is allowing the opposition to make just 32.1 percent of its shots from the field. The Norse have also limited their opponents to 13.0 percent shooting (7 of 54) from three-point range.
BURROWS FROM DOWNTOWN: NKUs Elizabeth Burrows hit three three-point shots in the first half against Missouri-St. Louis on Monday, which was just one shy of her entire 2001-02 total from long range. A year ago, Burrows made four three-pointers in 15 attempts.
This season, the sophomore guard is 4 of 8 from three-point range and is shooting 90 percent from the free throw line.
POLOSKY DOES IT ALL: Kristin Polosky is one of the most versatile basketball players in the GLVC, and she provided another example of that ability Monday night. Polosky finished with nine points, eight assists, six rebounds and four blocked shots against Missouri-St. Louis.
She averages 8.3 ppg and 5.0 rebounds per contest. She also leads NKU with 19 assists and eight blocked shots.
ABOUT KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: The Panthers are 1-2 overall after dropping a 67-51 decision against the University of Southern Indiana last Saturday. Kentucky Wesleyan is 0-1 in the GLVC.
The Panthers have three players - Andrea Clarke, Holly Mills and Megan Morton - who average 9.3 points per game. Kentucky Wesleyan does not have a player averaging double figures in points. Clarke leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 rpg.
A YEAR AGO AGAINST KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: NKU won both meetings with the Panthers a year ago. In the first meeting on Dec. 6, 2001, Michelle Cottrell scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as NKU defeated Kentucky Wesleyan, 81-73, in Regents Hall.
Bridget Flanagan added 16 points for NKU, and Amy Mobley scored 13 points and had three assists. Kristin Polosky scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Norse. Leslie Warren scored 22 points to lead Kentucky Wesleyan.
In the rematch at Owensboro, Ky., Cottrell scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as NKU held off Kentucky Wesleyan, 80-73, at the Owensboro Sportscenter.
Cottrell made 15 of 21 free throws en route to her 47th career double-double. The 15 made free throws tied the NKU single-game record, which is also shared by Linda Niehaus and Lori McClellan. Amy Mobley added 22 points, and Bridget Flanagan finished with 10 points for the Norse.
NKU now leads the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan, 37-3, and the Norse own nine consecutive victories against the Panthers.
ABOUT BELLARMINE: The Knights are unbeaten (4-0) after rallying for a 61-59 win over Southern Indiana on Monday. Bellarmine is 2-0 in the GLVC.
The Knights feature point guard Nickie Randall, who averages 17.3 ppg. Randall has also connected on 94.1 percent of her free throws. Sophomore center Lyndsey Neal averages 14.6 ppg and is shooting 58.5 percent from the field. Senior forward Audrey Cannon is scoring 13.3 ppg and has made 59.5 percent of her shots from the field.
A YEAR AGO AGAINST BELLARMINE: The Knights swept NKU during the regular season, but the Norse defeated Bellarmine in the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament at Evansville, Ind.
In the first meeting on Jan. 19, Lynne Johnson and Nickie Randall both scored 23 points as Bellarmine defeated NKU, 72-59, in Regents Hall.
Randall added five steals as Bellarmine handed NKU its first loss in the GLVC. NKU played without senior All-America forward Michelle Cottrell, who was out with a stress fracture in her right foot.
Bellarmine built a 38-31 halftime lead as Johnson scored 14 points. The Knights held NKU to just five points during the first 10 minutes of the second half and coasted to the victory. Amy Mobley led NKU with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kristin Polosky added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Norse, who made just 35.1 percent of their shots from the field.
In the second meeting, Johnson scored nine of her game-high 30 points in overtime as Bellarmine defeated NKU, 81-78, in Knights Hall. Bellarmine held a 56-46 lead with seven minutes remaining in regulation, but NKU used a 20-4 spurt to take a 66-60 advantage with less than two minutes left.
Shanta Bowens conventional three-point play with 1:04 remaining pulled the Knights to within 66-63, and Randall hit a three-point shot with 28 seconds left to tie the score at 66-66. NKUs Michelle Cottrell powered her way inside for the go-ahead basket with 7.8 seconds remaining in regulation, but Bowens took a pass from Randall and scored the tying basket with one second left to send the game into overtime.
Johnson scored Bellarmines first six points in overtime, and she made two free throws with 27 seconds left to give the Knights a 78-73 lead. NKU had a final chance to send the game into a second overtime, but Mandy Sterlings three-point attempt missed at the buzzer.
Cottrell led NKU with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also became the first basketball player in Norse history to reach 2,000 career points when she converted a layup in the first half.
In the third meeting of last season at the GLVC Tournament, NKU rallied from a 50-35 halftime deficit to stun Bellarmine, 92-88, in overtime. Cottrell had 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead NKU, but it was the shooting of Suzie Smith - who scored 19 points and made four three-pointers - that rallied the Norse in the second half.
Bellarmine held a 74-64 advantage with 5:24 remaining in the game, but NKU used a 14-4 run in the final five minutes to force overtime. In the overtime, Cottrell made a pair of baskets to give the Norse an 87-84 lead.
Bellarmine tied the score on a pair of free throws by Julie-Ann Kirkland with 46 seconds left, but Suzie Smith converted a layup to give NKU a 90-88 advantage. After Bellarmine missed a chance to tie the score in the closing seconds, Smith sealed the win for NKU with two free throws.