Feb. 17, 2004

NKU FACES CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP

Norse (15-7 overall, 10-6 GLVC) visit Saint Joseph's, Indianapolis

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will hit the road for a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference games this weekend, beginning with a 7 p.m. Thursday contest at Saint Joseph’s College.

NKU will conclude the road trip Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. game at the University of Indianapolis. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on WTSJ (1050 AM).

NKU owns a 15-7 overall record after posting a 65-58 win over Lewis University on Saturday. The Norse are 10-6 in the GLVC and tied for fourth place in the GLVC standings.

Jessica Brock scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds to lead NKU past Lewis. Brock, a senior forward playing in her final game in Regents Hall, also connected on four three-point field goals.

The Norse limited Lewis to just 33.3 percent from the field and avenged an early-season loss to the Flyers at Romeoville, Ill. NKU also used 21-of-23 shooting from the free throw line to hold off Lewis.

NKU led by as many as 17 points in the first half and took a 34-18 advantage at the break. Lewis, however, used an 8-0 run to start the second half and closed within 34-26 when Bryanne Callahan hit a three-pointer.

Callahan’s basket with 9:05 remaining cut NKU’s lead to 42-36, but Karmen Graham and Brock each hit three-pointers to extend the Norse's advantage to 48-39.

Brittany Diener’s layup with 2:23 left on the clock brought Lewis within six points at 58-52, but Brock sealed the victory for NKU by draining a three-pointer at the 1:38 mark that gave the Norse a 61-52 advantage.

Karmen Graham added 11 points and nine rebounds for NKU, which won the rebounding battle by a 50-26 margin. Sharell Snardon finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Norse, who lead the all-time series with Lewis, 34-4.

NKU’S 1-2 INSIDE PUNCH: NKU sophomore post player Sharell Snardon and Norse junior forward Connie Myers are combining for 28.9 points and 16.0 rebounds per game. Snardon averages 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds (No. 1 in the GLVC), while Myers averages 14.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg.

Snardon is shooting 57.9 percent from the field, and Myers has made 45.3 percent of her shots from the field.

ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH’S: The Pumas own a 6-16 overall record and are 3-13 in the GLVC. Saint Joseph’s features senior forward Heather Allen, who averages 17.0 points per game.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: Earlier this season on Jan. 24, Betsey Clark came off the bench and scored eight points to key a 30-6 run in the second half as NKU defeated Saint Joseph’s, 68-59, in Regents Hall.

Saint Joseph’s held a 34-30 lead with 18:36 remaining in the game after a basket by Courtney Rosenbaum. NKU, however, used a 19-4 run to build a 49-38 advantage when Clark hit a short jumper with 9:51 left.

Elizabeth Burrows and Sarah Woods connected on consecutive three-point shots from the left corner during the NKU spurt. Nikki Perkins capped the 30-6 run with a three-pointer to give the Norse a 60-40 lead with 4:40 remaining. Perkins scored 14 points to lead NKU.

Sharell Snardon added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Norse, who shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second half to roll to the victory.

STREAK AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: NKU has defeated Saint Joseph’s 20 consecutive times going into Thursday’s game. NKU has not lost to Saint Joseph’s since the 1993-94 season, when the Pumas posted a 72-67 victory against the Norse at Rensselaer, Ind.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: Earlier this season on Jan. 2, Nikki Perkins scored 10 points in the final eight minutes of the game as NKU rallied for a 61-54 win over Indianapolis in Regents Hall. Perkins capped a 26-12 NKU run with a three-point shot at the 2:57 mark that gave the Norse a 55-54 lead. It was the second three-pointer by Perkins during the Norse spurt.

Elizabeth Burrows broke free for a layup off an inbound pass with 55 seconds left to give the Norse a 57-54 lead, and she added two free throws with 23 seconds remaining to extend NKU’s advantage to 59-54.

Perkins, who finished with 14 points, iced the game with six seconds left by sinking two free throws. NKU - which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half - held Indianapolis scoreless the final 4:03 of the game to pull out the victory.

Sharell Snardon