Jan. 18, 2003

NKU POSTS 98-82 WIN AT USI

Flanagan finishes with a career-high 31 points

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Bridget Flanagan scored a career-high 31 points Saturday as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team posted a 98-82 win over the University of Southern Indiana.

Flanagan, a graduate of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, hit seven three-point shots as NKU made a school-record 15 three-pointers. The previous NKU team record for three-pointers made in a game was 11, which had been done four times by the Norse.

The 15 three-pointers also tied a Great Lakes Valley Conference single-game record, which was set by Bellarmine University on Jan. 11, 1996.

Amy Mobley added 24 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Norse, who improved to 12-3 overall, 8-2 in the GLVC. Sharell Snardon came off the bench and scored 12 points for the Norse, who are ranked No. 22 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.

NKU shot 59.3 percent from the field, including 15 of 25 (60 percent) from three-point range. NKU broke open a close game in the second half by shooting 64.3 percent from the field.

Flanagan scored 19 points in the second half, and she made five three-point shots after halftime. She hit a trio of three-pointers to key a 20-6 run midway through the second half as NKU built a 93-70 lead.

Connie Myers added 10 points for the Norse, who rallied from a six-point deficit in the final seven minutes of the first half to take a 43-41 lead at intermission. NKU scored the first five points of the second half and led the remainder of the game.

The victory was No. 598 in the 29-year history of the NKU women’s basketball program. In 29 years of competition, the Norse own a 598-228 record.

Africa Sherrod led Southern Indiana (6-10 overall, 4-5 GLVC) with 34 points and 13 rebounds.

NKU will play host to Bellarmine (12-4 overall, 7-2 GLVC) this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Regents Hall. The Norse lead the GLVC by one-half game over both Bellarmine and the University of Indianapolis (13-2 overall, 7-2 GLVC).

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