Feb. 6, 2003

SIUE UPSETS 18TH-RANKED NKU, 70-67

Cougars snap Norse’s eight-game win streak

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Ruth Kipping scored 26 points Thursday night as the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville women’s basketball team upset 18th-ranked Northern Kentucky University, 70-67, at the Vadalabene Center.

Liz DeShasier added 14 points as SIUE defeated NKU for the first time since Dec. 5, 1998. The Norse - ranked No. 18 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - entered Thursday with an eight-game winning streak and in sole possession of first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

SIUE, however, used the scoring of Kipping - who had 16 points in the first half - to pull off the upset. NKU trailed by seven points (65-58) with 3:04 remaining in the game, but the Norse used a 9-4 run to pull within 69-67 with 10 seconds left.

Amber Wisdom was fouled with 9.3 seconds remaining, and she converted one free throw to extend SIUE’s lead to 70-67. NKU had one final chance to send the game into overtime, but Mandy Sterling missed a three-point shot and time expired.

Kipping - who was named GLVC Player of the Week on Monday - also finished with five steals and three assists for the Cougars, who improved to 11-9 overall, 7-6 in the GLVC. Jessica Brock came off the bench and collected a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) for NKU, which dropped to 15-4 overall, 11-3 in the GLVC.

NKU made 47.4 percent of its shots from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 33-23 margin, but the Norse committed 20 turnovers. SIUE shot 50 percent from the field and made 20 of 25 free throws.

Bridget Flanagan added 13 points for NKU, which is ranked No. 3 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. The top eight teams in that poll will advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament in March, with the No. 1 seed hosting the entire regional.

Flanagan, a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, now has 1,115 career points and is No. 15 on the NKU all-time scoring list.

Connie Myers and Sharell Snardon each added 11 points for NKU, and Amy Mobley finished with 10 points.

The University of Indianapolis defeated Lewis University on Thursday to jump into first place in the GLVC standings. The Greyhounds - ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region poll - are 11-2 in the GLVC.

NKU is now tied with Quincy University (17-4 overall, 11-3 GLVC) for second place in the GLVC, and the Norse will play a road game against the Lady Hawks at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pepsi Arena.

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Jessica Brock