Feb. 3, 2003


Norse hit road for tough games at SIUE, Quincy

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will travel to Edwardsville, Ill., this Thursday to face Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville at 6:30 p.m.

The Norse will also play a road game at Quincy University at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both games can be heard live on WTSJ (1050 AM).

NKU has won eight consecutive games and owns a 15-3 record after posting an 89-75 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside last Saturday. The Norse lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference with an 11-2 record.

Sharell Snardon scored 22 of her career-high 27 points in the second half Saturday to lead NKU past Wisconsin-Parkside. Snardon, a freshman forward, 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, 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.

FLANAGAN KEEPS ADDING TO RECORDS: NKU senior guard Bridget Flanagan enters Thursday’s game at SIUE with 210 career three-point field goals, which ranks No. 1 in Norse history. Flanagan, who averages a team-leading 15.0 points per game, has scored in double figures in eight straight games.

Flanagan - who connected on an NKU single-season record 81 three-pointers as a junior - has made 52 three-point shots this season. She currently has 1,102 career points, which ranks No. 17 in Norse history.

She needs just nine points to move past both Clare Lester and Nancy Dickman (1,110 points) to No. 15 on the NKU all-time scoring list.

MOBLEY MOVES UP NKU SCORING LIST: NKU senior forward Amy Mobley ranks No. 14 on the Norse all-time scoring list with 1,145 points. Mobley averages 14.3 ppg this season, and she leads NKU in rebounding at 7.4 rpg. Mobley also has a team-leading 77 assists, and she has made 26 of 61 three-point attempts this season.

INSIDE FORCE: NKU sophomore post player Connie Myers averages 13.9 ppg and leads the team in field goal percentage at 58.2 percent. Myers also averages 6.1 rebounds per game and has 17 steals.

ABOUT SIUE: The Cougars enter Thursday with a 10-9 overall record. SIUE is 6-6 in the GLVC.

SIUE features senior forward Ruth Kipping, who averages 19.4 ppg and 7.8 rebounds per contest. Kipping was named GLVC Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a road sweep at Southern Indiana and Kentucky Wesleyan last week.

Kipping is the only SIUE player scoring in double figures.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST SIUE: Earlier this season on Jan. 11, Amy Mobley scored 26 points, grabbed six rebounds and added five assists as NKU defeated SIUE, 69-48, in Regents Hall.

Bridget Flanagan added 16 points - including her 1,000th career point - as NKU held SIUE to just 38 percent shooting from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 42-24 margin.

NKU built a 35-27 halftime lead as Mobley scored 14 points and Kristin Polosky added eight points. Flanagan hit four three-point shots, and she became the 20th member of the NKU 1,000-point club when she connected on a three-pointer early in the second half.

Polosky finished with nine points, seven rebounds and six assists for NKU. Ruth Kipping - who entered the game averaging 22.8 ppg - led SIUE with 12 points. The Cougars hit just 7 of 25 shots from the field in the second half.

THE STREAK AGAINST SIUE: NKU owns eight consecutive wins against SIUE and leads the all-time series, 14-6. SIUE’s last win against NKU came on Dec. 5, 1998, when the Cougars pulled out a 62-61 victory at Edwardsville, Ill.

ABOUT QUINCY: The Lady Hawks are 16-4 overall, 10-3 in the GLVC. Quincy is led by senior forward Jill Unnerstall, who averages 14.3 ppg and 8.4 rpg. Unnerstall has also hit a team-leading 20 three-point shots this season.

Tiffany Kelver averages 11.8 ppg and leads Quincy with 91 assists. Lisa Farrell is scoring 11.0 ppg and 5.4 rebounds per contest.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST QUINCY: Earlier this season on Nov. 30, Amy Mobley scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and finished with three blocked shots as NKU defeated Quincy, 51-46, in Regents Hall in the GLVC opener for both squads.

Bridget Flanagan scored 15 points for NKU, which built a 30-18 halftime lead by limiting Quincy to just 18.2 percent shooting from the field. The Lady Hawks rallied, however, and tied the game at 36-36 on Courtney VonderHaar's rebound basket with 8:28 remaining.

NKU responded with a 9-0 run that was keyed by Mobley, who scored seven points during the spurt. Her layup with 4:25 remaining capped the run and gave the Norse a 45-36 lead.

Quincy - which was picked No. 2 in the GLVC preseason coaches poll - fought back and cut the deficit to 49-46 with four seconds left on a basket by Lisa Farrell, but Kristin Polosky made a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left to seal the victory for NKU.

Farrell scored 12 points to lead Quincy. NKU leads the all-time series with Quincy, 14-1, and the Norse are 7-0 against the Lady Hawks in Regents Hall. Quincy shot just 25.8 percent from the field for the game, but the Lady Hawks won the rebounding battle by a 49-44 margin and forced 21 NKU turnovers.

A YEAR AGO AT PEPSI ARENA: On Jan. 3, 2002, Michelle Cottrell scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds as NKU defeated Quincy, 60-53, at the Pepsi Arena. Kristin Polosky added 14 points for the Norse.

Dana Schubeler scored 13 points and finished with six rebounds for the Norse, who shot 46.8 percent from the field. NKU limited Quincy to 31 percent shooting from the field and avenged the previous season's 72-69 loss to the Hawks at Pepsi Arena.

NKU built a 31-18 halftime lead by shooting 59.1 percent from the field. The Norse also shut down the Quincy offense by holding the Hawks to just 22.2 percent shooting from the field in the first half.

GLVC TOURNAMENT APPROACHES: The 2003 GLVC Tournament will be held March 5-8 at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind. The top eight teams in the GLVC standings will qualify for the event, with the women’s games scheduled to begin on March 5.

The game times for March 5 will be 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (all times eastern). The pairings will be announced on March 2.




Connie Myers