Feb. 12, 2001


NKU seek 20th win of the season

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team is 19-2 after posting an 82-48 win over Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne in Regents Hall on Saturday. NKU is 13-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and in sole possession of first place in the GLVC standings.

The Norse will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday night for a 5:30 p.m. game against the University of Indianapolis at Nicoson Hall. NKU will also play at Kentucky Wesleyan College at 6:15 p.m. this Thursday night at Owensboro, Ky., and the Norse will finish the three-game road trip with a 5:45 p.m. game at Bellarmine University this Saturday night at Louisville, Ky.

Senior center Julie Cowens scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday to lead the Norse. Cowens scored 14 points in the first half as NKU built a 40-23 lead. The Norse shot 63 percent from the field in the first half and held IPFW to 30.4 percent shooting before halftime.

Heather Livingstone added 11 points and four assists for the Norse, who have now won 23 consecutive games in Regents Hall. NKU is ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region poll, and the Norse are seeking to host the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament for the third straight year.

The No. 1 team in the Great Lakes Region will play host to the NCAA Tournament, and the pairings will be announced on Sunday, March 4.

AGAINST THE GLVC: NKU is 58-5 in its last 63 games against GLVC opponents. NKU is also 15-2 on the road against GLVC foes during the last two seasons.

COTTRELL APPROACHES NO. 2 ON SCORING LIST: NKU junior forward Michelle Cottrell now has 1,540 career points and ranks No. 3 on the NKU all-time scoring list. She needs 46 points to move past Barb Harkins (1,585 career points) into second place on the Norse’s all-time scoring list.

Peggy Vincent is NKU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,883 career points, and Cottrell is on pace to surpass that total sometime in the middle of next season.

Cottrell currently ranks No. 5 in Norse history with 782 career rebounds. She is No. 1 in NKU history in made free throws (420) and field goal percentage (.597).

LONG-RANGE THREATS: In addition to having one of the nation’s best inside players in Cottrell, NKU is also the GLVC’s top three-point shooting team. The Norse have made 130 of 306 three-point attempts (42.5 percent) and have six players who have made at least 40 percent of their three-point attempts.

NKU senior guard Michele Tuchfarber ranks No. 3 in the GLVC in three-point shooting at 44.1 percent, and Norse senior guard Heather Livingstone is No. 4 at 43.5 percent. NKU sophomore guard Bridget Flanagan is No. 6 in the GLVC at 43.1 percent.

HARD TO SHOOT OVER: NKU tied a school record with 10 blocked shots last Thursday night during a 90-53 win against Saint Joseph's College. Sophomore Kristin Polosky led the way with three blocks, while three teammates - Amy Mobley, Dana Schubeler and Bridget Flanagan - each recorded two blocks. Jessica Jenson also had a blocked shot for NKU.

ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR: Nancy Winstel, head women’s basketball coach at NKU, was honored as the NKU 2000 “Alumnus of the Year” at the school’s annual Alumni Awards last Friday night at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott.

The event recognizes superlative alumni and their achievements, as well as faculty members who have had lasting impact on the lives of alumni.

ABOUT INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds are 11-10 after defeating Saint Joseph’s, 71-50, Saturday night at Nicoson Hall. Indianapolis is 7-8 in the GLVC.

The Greyhounds are led by senior forward Elizabeth Ramsey, who averages 18.1 ppg and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Ramsey, who had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Indianapolis on Saturday, also is shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 79.9 percent from the free throw line.

Guard Laura Schmalstig averages 10.9 ppg and is the only other Indianapolis player scoring in double figures.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: Earlier this season on Dec. 5 at Highland Heights, Ky., Michelle Cottrell and Julie Cowens both scored 15 points as NKU defeated Indianapolis, 66-44, in Regents Hall.

Amy Mobley added nine points as NKU forced Indianapolis into 27 turnovers. The Norse made 56 percent of their shots from the field during the second half to roll to the victory.

THE STREAK AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: NKU has won 11 consecutive games against Indianapolis. The last time Indianapolis defeated NKU was during the 1995-96 season at Nicoson Hall, when the Greyhounds pulled out a 74-64 victory against the Norse.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: Earlier this season on Jan. 20 at Highland Heights, Ky., Heather Livingstone scored a career-high 26 points as NKU defeated Kentucky Wesleyan, 93-57, in Regents Hall.

Livingstone made her first 10 shots from the field before finally missing. She finished the game 11 of 13 from the field with four assists and three steals. Kristin Polosky added 13 points. Bridget Flanagan and Suzie Smith both scored 12 points for the Norse, who made 60.7 percent of their shots from the field. NKU held Kentucky Wesleyan to 32.8 percent shooting from the field.