Feb. 21, 2001

NKU TO MEET UM-ST. LOUIS ON THURSDAY

Norse now 21-3 after loss at Bellarmine

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team is 21-3 after suffering a 78-75 loss at Bellarmine University last Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. NKU is 15-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and tied with the University of Southern Indiana for first place in the league standings.

Nickie Randall scored four points in the final 45 seconds Saturday night as Bellarmine rallied for the win. Randall hit a 10-foot jump shot with 45 seconds remaining to give Bellarmine a 76-75 lead. She later made two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Knights a 78-75 advantage.

NKU had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Bridget Flanagan’s three-point attempt was off target and Bellarmine snapped the Norse's seven-game winning streak.

NKU built a 46-33 halftime lead behind the play of Michelle Cottrell, who scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half. Bellarmine switched to a zone defense in the second half, but NKU made just three of 17 three-point attempts in the final 20 minutes.

For the game, NKU made seven of 27 three-point attempts. The 27 three-point attempts set an NKU single-game record.

NKU will play host to the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday night, and the Norse will close out their 2000-01 home season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Quincy (Ill.) University. NKU is ranked No. 8 nationally in the Division II poll.

REGENTS HALL STREAK: NKU enters Thursday with a 23-game winning streak in Regents Hall. The Norse have not lost in Regents Hall since Jan. 8, 2000, when Bellarmine posted a 76-72 victory over NKU.

COTTRELL CLIMBS TO NO. 2: NKU junior forward Michelle Cottrell now has 1,605 career points, which ranks No. 2 in school history. She finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday, giving her 35 double-doubles in her career.

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 ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in field goal percentage (64.5 percent), No. 2 in rebounding (8.0 rebounds per game) and No. 4 in scoring (17.4 points per game).

AGAINST THE GLVC: The Norse are 60-6 in their last 66 games against GLVC opponents.

WHERE THEY RANK IN THE GLVC: NKU senior guard Heather Livingstone ranks No. 2 in the GLVC in assists (4.83 apg). Norse senior guard Michele Tuchfarber is No. 3 in three-point percentage (42.9 percent).

As a team, NKU is No. 1 in field goal percentage (51.0 percent) and three-point shooting (41.7 percent).

GLVC TOURNAMENT TO START ON FEB. 28: The NKU women's basketball team will play its first GLVC Tournament game on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind. The times and seeding for the GLVC Tournament will be announced this Sunday night (Feb. 25).

NKU is the two-time defending champion of the GLVC Tournament.

ABOUT UM-ST. LOUIS: The Riverwomen are 14-10 after posting an 80-70 win over Saint Joseph’s College last Saturday. UM-St. Louis is 10-8 in the GLVC and in fifth place.

Lynette Wellen leads UM-St. Louis in scoring at 15.1 points per game. Wellen also averages 5.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 57.6 percent from the field.

Christy Lane is scoring 12.0 ppg and leads UM-St. Louis in three-pointers made with 36. Tanisha Albert averages 11.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST UM-ST. LOUIS: Earlier this season on Jan. 27 at St. Louis, Mo., Michele Tuchfarber scored 22 points as NKU defeated Missouri-St. Louis, 75-53, at the Mark Twain Building.

Heather Livingstone and Bridget Flanagan both scored 11 points for NKU, which limited Missouri-St. Louis to 29.6 percent shooting from the field in the second half and coasted to the win.