Feb. 3, 2004

NORSE FACE CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP THIS WEEK

NKU women play at Southern Indiana this Thursday night at 6:15 p.m.

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 6:15 p.m. Thursday contest at the University of Southern Indiana.

NKU will conclude the road trip Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Both games will be broadcast live on the radio on WTSJ (1050 AM).

NKU owns a 13-5 overall record after rallying for a 63-62 win over Bellarmine University on Saturday in Regents Hall. The Norse are 8-4 in the GLVC and in fourth place in the league standings.

LAST-SECOND THRILLER: Sharell Snardon’s basket with 1.2 seconds remaining in the game Saturday night lifted NKU to a 63-62 victory over Bellarmine. The Knights had taken a 62-61 lead with 6.6 seconds left when Kellie Peyton made a 12-foot jumper.

After a timeout, NKU’s Nikki Perkins received the inbound pass, and she spotted Connie Myers streaking down the right sideline. Myers passed ahead to an open Snardon, who beat her defender, dribbled in and converted a layup with 1.2 seconds left on the clock.

Bellarmine’s Princess Wimsatt threw up a desperation 50-footer at the buzzer, but the shot was short and NKU escaped with the victory.

Snardon - who scored NKU’s final six points - and Myers each scored 17 points to lead the Norse, who rallied from a 13-point deficit in the first half. NKU shot 53.8 percent from the field in the second half to rally for the win.

Elizabeth Burrows added 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for NKU. Lyndsey Neal led Bellarmine with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

SNARDON EARNS GLVC HONOR: NKU’s Sharell Snardon has been named GLVC co-Player of the Week. Snardon shared the weekly honor with Quincy University's Courtney VonderHaar.

For the season, Snardon averages 15.9 points per game and 9.6 rebounds. She is also shooting 61.2 percent from the field and has nine blocked shots.

BURROWS NARROWLY MISSES TRIPLE-DOUBLE: NKU junior guard Elizabeth Burrows enjoyed one of her best performances with 10 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and four steals against Bellarmine. Burrows also made a pair of crucial three-point shots in that game.

For the season, Burrows leads NKU with 80 assists and 27 steals, and she averages 6.7 points per game.

ABOUT SOUTHERN INDIANA: The Screaming Eagles are 13-6 after suffering a 73-67 loss at Saint Joseph's College last Saturday. Southern Indiana is 7-6 in the GLVC.

Southern Indiana features junior guard Jamie Truitt, who averages 15.5 ppg. Truitt has also made a team-leading 48 three-point shots this season. Junior guard Kennitra Johnson is scoring 12.7 ppg, and senior forward Shannon Wells averages 12.0 ppg.

Southern Indiana is 8-1 at home this season.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST SOUTHERN INDIANA: Earlier this season on Jan. 10, Connie Myers scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as NKU defeated Southern Indiana, 83-74, in Regents Hall.

Karyn Creager added 16 points and six rebounds for NKU, which converted 23-of-29 free throws in the second half to hold off Southern Indiana. Myers scored nine of NKU’s first 11 points to open the game, and the Norse jumped out to a 32-14 lead with 6:19 remaining in the first half.

Myers had 13 points at halftime as NKU took a 39-26 lead at the break.

Southern Indiana sliced the lead to nine early in the second half, but NKU responded with a 11-4 run to build a 50-34 advantage with 13:12 left. Nikki Perkins scored five of her 15 points during the run, and Karmen Graham added a pair of baskets to key the NKU spurt.

NKU scored 12 of its final 14 points at the line in the last 3:15 of the game. Creager - who made 11-of-12 free throws - hit a driving layup with 1:45 left to give NKU a 73-62 lead, and the Norse converted their final 10 attempts at the line to seal the win.

Elizabeth Burrows, who drilled a pair of key three-point shots in the second half, finished with 10 points and three assists.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: Earlier this season on Nov. 29, Karyn Creager scored 11 of her career-high 16 points in the second half as NKU defeated Missouri-St. Louis, 71-64, in Regents Hall.

Creager scored nine points in the final 8:59 of the game as NKU rallied for the win. After Kali Birkey hit a three-pointer with 2:12 left to give Missouri-St. Louis a 64-63 advantage, Creager hit a jumper in the lane to regain the lead for NKU.

With less than a minute remaining and NKU holding a 67-64 lead, Creager blocked a three-point attempt by Crystal Lambert. Connie Myers grabbed the rebound, and the Norse made four free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Sharell Snardon scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead NKU. Myers added 14 points and six assists for NKU, which upped its lead in the all-time series with Missouri-St. Louis to 12-1. Nikki Perkins finished with 10 points and six assists for the Norse.

Birkey led Missouri-St. Louis with 18 points. The Riverwomen trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but 52.2 percent shooting from the field after the break enabled them to take the lead four different times in the second half.

STREAK AGAINST MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: NKU owns 10 consecutive wins against Missouri-St. Louis. The Norse are also 7-0 all-time at the Mark Twain Building against the Riverwomen.

 

Elizabeth Burrows