Feb. 14, 2002


Norse drop to 18-5 with road loss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Lynne Johnson scored nine of her game-high 30 points in overtime Thursday night as the Bellarmine University women’s basketball team defeated Northern Kentucky University, 81-78, in Knights Hall.

Bellarmine (16-7 overall, 11-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) 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 Nickie Randall hit a three-point shot with 28 seconds left to tie the score at 66-66.

NKU’s 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 Bellarmine’s first six points in overtime, and she made two free throws with 27 seconds left to give Bellarmine a 78-73 lead. NKU had a final chance to send the game into a second overtime, but Mandy Sterling’s three-point attempt missed at the buzzer.

Cottrell led NKU (18-5, 14-3 GLVC) 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. Cottrell now has 2,013 points at NKU.

Kristin Polosky also scored 18 points for the Norse, who lead the GLVC by one game over the University of Southern Indiana (20-5, 13-4). Bridget Flanagan finished with 12 points for the Norse, who are ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.

The Norse will play at Kentucky Wesleyan College at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. NKU leads the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan, 36-3. The Norse have not lost to the Panthers since the 1997-98 season and own eight consecutive victories against Kentucky Wesleyan.