Nov. 30, 2004

NKU PREPARES FOR INDY, SAINT JOSEPH’S

Norse travel to Indianapolis on Thursday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will begin a two-game road trip Thursday with a 5:30 p.m. contest at the University of Indianapolis.

The Norse will conclude the road trip at 2 p.m. Saturday with a game at Saint Joseph's College. NKU enters the week 0-4 overall, 0-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Both games can be heard on the radio on WIOK (107.5 FM) or on the Internet at http://athletics.nku.edu/0405broadcastpage.htm.

Princess Wimsatt scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half Sunday as Bellarmine posted a 77-66 win over NKU in Knights Hall. Kellie Peyton came off the bench and added 16 points for Bellarmine. The Lady Knights shot 61.5 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 35-27 margin to hand NKU its fourth consecutive loss.

Karyn Creager and Karmen Graham each scored 17 points to lead NKU, but the Norse shot just 34.5 percent from the field in the second half. NKU held a 35-32 halftime lead, but Bellarmine used a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a 54-44 advantage.

The Lady Knights hit 62.1 percent from the field in the second half and led by as many as 14 points.

Connie Myers finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for NKU. Bellarmine’s collapsing defense, however, contested many of the inside attempts and forced Myers into a 4-for-15 shooting performance from the field.

UNWANTED HISTORY: NKU is 0-4 for the first time in the 31-year history of the program.

MYERS NEARS 1,000 CAREER POINTS: NKU senior forward Connie Myers enters Thursday with 887 career points. She averages a team-leading 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

CREAGER ON TARGET: NKU sophomore forward/guard Karyn Creager averages 11.0 ppg and is shooting 57.7 percent from the field. Creager is also 5-for-12 from three-point range.

ABOUT INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds are coming off a 77-61 loss at Kentucky Wesleyan last Sunday. Indianapolis is 4-1 overall, 1-1 in the GLVC.

The Greyhounds feature senior guard Erin Moran, who averages 21.0 ppg. Senior guard Amanda Davidson is scoring 12.8 ppg and leads the team with 30 assists.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On March 4, 2004, in the first round of the GLVC Tournament at Evansville, Ind., Erin Moran scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half as Indianapolis rallied to defeat NKU, 67-58, in Roberts Stadium.

Megan Dossen finished with 14 points for Indianapolis, which shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second half. NKU built a 14-point lead with 4:11 left in the first half, but Indianapolis used a 10-3 run to close within 31-24 at halftime.

The Norse still owned a 40-34 lead with 14:27 left in the game, but Indianapolis used a 26-13 spurt to take a 60-53 advantage with 2:55 remaining. Moran hit four three-pointers to key the Indianapolis run.

Nikki Perkins made a three-pointer with 2:16 remaining to bring NKU within 60-56, but Moran countered with a jumper to extend the Indianapolis lead to 62-56 with 1:19 left in the game.

Burrows led NKU with 14 points, and Myers finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sharell Snardon added 10 points and four blocked shots for NKU, which lost in the first round of the GLVC Tournament for the first time in history.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: On Feb. 19, 2004, Karyn Creager scored 18 points and hit a key jumper with 51 seconds remaining as NKU posted a 70-67 win over Saint Joseph’s in the Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse.

After Saint Joseph’s took a 66-65 lead on two free throws by Heather Allen, Creager hit a runner in the lane to give the Norse a 67-66 lead.

Jessica Brock sealed the victory by hitting two free throws with 10.4 seconds remaining in the game to put the Norse ahead 70-67. Heather Allen’s desperation three-pointer at the buzzer hit the side of the rim as NKU pulled out the victory.

The Norse led by as many as 18 points in the first half and entered the break with a 39-25 advantage.

STREAK AGAINST THE PUMAS: NKU has defeated Saint Joseph’s 21 consecutive times. NKU has not lost to Saint Joseph’s since the 1993-94 season, when the Pumas posted a 72-67 victory against the Norse at Rensselaer, Ind.

Karyn Creager