Dec. 8, 2001

FLANAGAN LEADS NKU PAST USI

Norse defeat Lady Eagles, 81-71, as Flanagan scores 25

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Bridget Flanagan scored a career-high 25 points Saturday night as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team defeated the University of Southern Indiana, 81-71, in Regents Hall.

Flanagan, a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, made seven three-pointers as NKU remained unbeaten (7-0 overall, 5-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference). The Norse, who extended their home win streak to 30 games with the victory, are ranked No. 3 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.

Michelle Cottrell added 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Norse, who shot 52.6 percent from the field. It was the 41st career double-double for Cottrell, who now has 1,851 points. She needs just 33 points to pass Peggy Vincent (1,883 points) and become NKU’s all-time career scoring leader.

NKU held a 38-37 halftime lead and extended the advantage to 61-53 with 8:34 remaining in the game when Flanagan made a short jumper. USI, however, responded with an 11-2 run to take a 64-63 lead when Jasmine Moore hit a jump shot.

Cottrell gave NKU the lead for good at the 5:53 mark with a layup, and Flanagan sealed the victory by making her seventh three-pointer with 1:02 left to give NKU a 76-68 lead.

Kristin Polosky added 16 points for NKU, which connected on 62.5 percent of its shots from the field in the second half. The Norse won the rebounding battle by a 41-37 margin.

Jessica Stuckman led 11th-ranked USI with 22 points.

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