Feb. 1, 2003

NKU DEFEATS UW-PARKSIDE, 89-75

Snardon scores career-high 27 points to lead Norse

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Sharell Snardon scored 22 of her career-high 27 points in the second half Saturday afternoon as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 89-75, in Regents Hall.

Snardon, a freshman forward and a graduate of Louisville Male High School, also grabbed six rebounds and made 11 of 13 free throw attempts as NKU won its eighth consecutive game. The Norse - ranked No. 19 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - improved to 15-3 overall, 11-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

NKU built a 64-49 lead midway through the second half, but the outside shooting of Jamie Nebel (24 points) and inside play of Sammy Kromm (26 points) helped Wisconsin-Parkside cut the deficit to 76-72 with 2:01 remaining in the game.

Snardon responded with a layup to extend NKU’s lead to 78-72 with 1:43 left, and consecutive baskets by Amy Mobley and Elizabeth Burrows sealed the victory for the Norse. NKU shot 59.2 percent from the field and remained unbeaten (16-0) all-time against the Rangers, who dropped to 9-11 overall, 5-8 in the GLVC.

Connie Myers added 14 points for NKU, which is unbeaten at home this season (10-0). The Norse are 36-2 in Regents Hall during the past three years.

NKU has won 14 straight at home, with the last defeat a 72-59 setback against Bellarmine on Jan. 19, 2002.

Mobley and Burrows each finished with 13 points for NKU, while Bridget Flanagan and Kristin Polosky both added 10 points. Polosky also collected seven assists and three blocked shots for the Norse, who are in sole possession of first place in the GLVC standings.

NKU will hit the road this Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. game at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. The Norse - ranked No. 5 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll - will also play at Quincy University next Saturday at 2 p.m.

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