Jan. 10, 2004

NKU DEFEATS SOUTHERN INDIANA, 83-74

Myers scores 22 points, grabs 10 rebounds to lead Norse

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Connie Myers scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday afternoon as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team posted an 83-74 win over the University of Southern Indiana in Regents Hall.

Karyn Creager added 16 points and six rebounds as NKU won its seventh consecutive game and improved to 10-3 overall, 5-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse, ranked No. 22 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, converted 23-of-29 free throws in the second half to hold off Southern Indiana (10-4 overall, 4-4 in the GLVC).

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, who finished with her second straight double-double, 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. Graham added nine points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for the Norse, while teammate Jessica Brock scored six points and grabbed six rebounds.

NKU shot 45.1 percent from the field and finished 30-of-38 from the free throw line. The Norse were also 7-for-17 from three-point range.

Jamie Truitt scored 22 points to lead Southern Indiana, which lost the rebounding battle by a 41-29 margin. Shannon Wells added 16 points for the Screaming Eagles.

NKU will hit the road for a 6:30 p.m. game this Thursday night at Quincy University.

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Connie Myers