Dec. 9, 2003
NKU PREPARES FOR RECORDER CLASSIC
Norse play Kendall (Ill.) in first round Friday
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -The Northern Kentucky University womens basketball team will play host to the fourth annual Community Recorder Classic this weekend in Regents Hall, and the Norse will face Kendall (Ill.) College at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round.
The University of Missouri-Rolla will take on Fayetteville (N.C.) State University in the other first-round game at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The consolation game is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the championship at 7:30 p.m.
NKU owns a 4-3 record going into the Community Recorder Classic after posting a 77-66 win at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside last Saturday. The Norse are 2-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Sharell Snardon scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds Saturday to lead NKU past Wisconsin-Parkside. NKU built a 20-9 lead early in the first half as Snardon scored nine points. Wisconsin-Parkside rallied and cut the lead to 28-27 with an 18-8 run, but the Norse responded with a 11-0 spurt to end the first half with a 39-27 advantage.
Sarah Woods came off the bench to score six points during the NKU run at the end of the first half.
Wisconsin-Parkside cut the lead to 61-56 with 5:31 remaining in the game on a jumper by Carrie Weir. The Norse responded with a 14-1 run, and they converted all 10 of their free throw attempts during that spurt. NKU held the Rangers to 37.7 shooting from the field.
Nikki Perkins added 14 points for NKU, which snapped a two-game losing streak. The Norse shot 67.7 percent from the field - including 75 percent in the second half - and led the entire game.
Connie Myers scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half for the Norse, who upped their lead in the all-time series with Wisconsin-Parkside to 18-1. Jessica Brock added 11 points, and Elizabeth Burrows added six assists for NKU.
SNARDON NO. 1 IN REBOUNDING: NKU sophomore post player Sharell Snardon ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in rebounding at 10.1 rebounds per game. Snardon, who has four double-doubles this season, is No. 2 in the GLVC in scoring at 18.0 points per contest and No. 6 in field goal percentage at 59.5 percent.
PERKINS IN THE CLUTCH: NKU junior guard Nikki Perkins hit four three-point shots against Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday and finished with 14 points. Perkins ranks No. 7 in assists in the GLVC (3.86 apg) and No. 10 in free throw percentage (.833).
COMMUNITY RECORDER CLASSIC HISTORY: NKU is 5-1 all-time in the Community Recorder Classic. From 1984-1999, the event was called the Perkins/NKU Classic, and the Norse captured the title 10 times.
A YEAR AGO IN THE COMMUNITY RECORDER CLASSIC: Connie Myers scored 24 points as NKU defeated Carson-Newman College, 79-68, in the championship game of the Community Recorder Classic in Regents Hall. Myers made 12-of-14 shots from the field and also finished with five rebounds for NKU.
The Norse shot 61.2 percent from the field and hit 10-of-21 three-point attempts. NKU connected on 68 percent of its shots in the second half to pull away from Carson-Newman, which made just 40 percent of its field goal attempts during the final 20 minutes.
Amy Mobley added 17 points and five rebounds for NKU, and Bridget Flanagan scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half as NKU built as much as a 16-point lead before coasting to the victory. Flanagan made four three-point field goals in the game.
Kristin Polosky added 12 points for NKU and joined Myers, Mobley, Flanagan and Elizabeth Burrows on the All-Tournament Team. Myers was the All-Tournament Team's top vote-getter.
ABOUT KENDALL: The Vikings own a 3-11 record and are led by junior forward Erica Jones, who averages 16.0 ppg. Junior forward Aja Terrier is scoring 12.0 ppg for Kendall, which is a member of the NAIA.
Missouri-Rolla is 3-3 going into the Community Recorder Classic, while Fayetteville State owns a 2-2 record.