Feb. 24, 2003


Norse seek 20th win this Thursday night

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will wrap up the regular season this week with road games at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (6:30 p.m. Thursday) and Lewis University (2 p.m. Saturday).

Both games can be heard live on WTSJ (1050 AM).

Following those two games, the Norse will participate in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind., with a first-round game on March 5. The opponent and time for the GLVC first-round game will be announced this Saturday night.

NKU is 19-5 overall, 14-4 in the GLVC. The Norse are in second place in the league standings and can clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament with one win this week.

Erin Moran scored 27 points Saturday night as the University of Indianapolis captured the GLVC regular-season title with an 85-75 win over NKU in Regents Hall. Amy Wisser came off the bench and added 26 points as the Greyhounds improved to 23-2 overall and earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament.

HOME WIN STREAK HALTED: NKU had won 17 consecutive games in Regents Hall going into the showdown with Indianapolis. NKU was 13-0 at home this season before Saturday and had not lost in Regents Hall since Jan. 19, 2002.

MISSED FREE THROWS HURT NKU: The Norse made just 14 of 28 free throws in the loss to Indianapolis. As a team, NKU is shooting just 64.7 percent from the line, which ranks 11th in the GLVC.

FLANAGAN ADDS TO RECORD: NKU senior guard Bridget Flanagan enters Thursday's game with 228 career three-point field goals, which ranks No. 1 in Norse history. Flanagan has made 70 of 157 three-pointers this season and averages a team-leading 15.0 points per game.

Flanagan currently has 1,193 career points, which ranks No. 15 in NKU history.

MOBLEY CONTINUES STREAK: Amy Mobley enters Thursday having scored in double figures in eight straight games. Mobley averages 14.9 ppg and has scored 1,245 career points, which ranks No. 14 on the NKU all-time list. She needs just eight points to pass Brenda Ryan (1,252 points) for 13th place.

PASSING FANCY: The Norse are No. 1 as a team in the GLVC in assists with an average of 17.95 apg. NKU senior forward Kristin Polosky ranks No. 8 in the GLVC with 4.37 apg, and Amy Mobley is No. 9 with 4.25 apg.

NKU FROM LONG RANGE: The Norse rank No. 1 in the GLVC in three-pointers made with an average of 7.0 per game. As a team, NKU has made 168 three-pointers this season.

POLOSKY NEARS 900 CAREER POINTS: NKU’s Kristin Polosky enters Thursday with 843 career points. NKU’s three seniors - Polosky, Mobley and Flanagan - have combined for 3,281 career points during the past four years.

ABOUT WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: The Rangers are 10-15 overall, 6-12 in the GLVC. Wisconsin-Parkside is tied for eighth place in the GLVC standings.

The Rangers feature sophomore forward Sammy Kromm, who averages 19.9 ppg and 7.0 rebounds. Kromm is also shooting 61.2 percent from the field. Senior guard Jamie Nebel averages 11.0 ppg and has made 65 of 219 three-point attempts this season.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: Earlier this season on Feb. 1, Sharell Snardon scored 22 of her career-high 27 points in the second half as NKU defeated Wisconsin-Parkside, 89-75, in Regents Hall.

Snardon also grabbed six rebounds and made 11 of 13 free throw attempts. 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.

Connie Myers added 14 points for NKU. 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.

ABOUT LEWIS: The Flyers, who will play host to Bellarmine on Thursday, own a 9-16 overall record. Lewis is 5-13 in the GLVC.

Lewis is led by junior forward Bryanne Callahan, who averages 12.4 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Senior guard Kari Wong is scoring 10.2 ppg and leads Lewis with 138 assists.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: Earlier this season on Jan. 9, Bridget Flanagan scored 22 points as NKU defeated Lewis, 80-67, in Regents Hall.

Connie Myers recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for NKU, which rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to pull out the win. Lewis held a 47-35 lead early in the second half after a layup by Kari Wong. NKU, however, used a 15-2 run to rally past Lewis for a 50-49 advantage.

Amy Mobley hit a pair of three-pointers to start the NKU run, and Kristin Polosky - who finished with 16 points - scored seven during the spurt. After Lewis regained the lead at 53-51, NKU used a 19-7 run to build a 70-60 advantage and never trailed again.

NKU shot 56 percent from the field during the second half, and the Norse connected on 6 of 10 attempts from three-point range after intermission. NKU won the rebounding battle by a 42-34 margin and held Lewis to just 22.6 percent shooting from the field in the second half.

NKU is now 17-1 against the Flyers in Regents Hall and have defeated Lewis nine consecutive times dating back to the 1997-98 season. NKU leads the all-time series with Lewis, 32-3.

NCAA PAIRINGS TO BE ANNOUNCED MARCH 9: Pairings for the women's NCAA Division II Tournament will be announced at 10 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, March 9.

NKU was ranked No. 3 in last week's NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region rankings, and the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Tournament. The entire Great Lakes Region Tournament will be held at the site of the No. 1 seed, which figures to be Indianapolis.

NKU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament four straight years, and the Norse have captured the Great Lakes Region championship three times in the past four seasons. A year ago, NKU won the Great Lakes Region title at Evansville, Ind., by defeating Northern Michigan, Lake Superior State and Southern Indiana.

This season's NCAA Tournament will be held March 14-15 and 17.


Bridget Flanagan