Jan. 20, 2004

NKU MEETS UW-PARKSIDE THIS THURSDAY

Norse to face talented Rangers at 5:30 p.m. in Regents Hall

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will meet the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Regents Hall.

NKU improved to 11-4 overall last Saturday with a 74-59 win at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. The Norse are 6-3 in the GLVC and in fourth place in the league standings, one game behind both Bellarmine University and Lewis University.

Wisconsin-Parkside enters Thursday’s game with an 8-6 overall record, 5-3 in the GLVC.

NKU is ranked No. 22 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, and the Norse are No. 4 in this week’s NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. The top eight teams in the Great Lakes Region poll will qualify for the NCAA Division II Tournament in March.

Connie Myers scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds Saturday to lead NKU past SIUE. Myers scored 17 points in the first half as NKU built a 34-27 lead at the break. She finished 10-for-13 from the field and also added two assists before fouling out late in the game.

Elizabeth Burrows finished with 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds for NKU. Karmen Graham added 11 points and five rebounds for NKU, which shot 53.7 percent from the field. Jessica Brock finished with nine points and nine rebounds for the Norse, who won the battle of the boards by a 39-25 margin.

NKU used a 46-24 scoring advantage in the paint to roll past SIUE. Tanya Guell led the Cougars with 15 points, but NKU limited SIUE to just 37.7 percent shooting from the field.

Karyn Creager added eight points and four rebounds for NKU. Nikki Perkins finished with four points and five assists.

WINSTEL GETS 450TH CAREER VICTORY AT NKU: The victory at SIUE marked the 450th career win at NKU for head coach Nancy Winstel, who is 450-144 in 21 seasons with the Norse.

Before arriving at NKU, Winstel spent three seasons as the head coach at Midway (Ky.) College and posted a 39-41 record. Her overall collegiate coaching record is 489-185 in 24 years.

Her 489 total victories rank No. 6 among active NCAA Division II women’s basketball coaches.

MYERS ON A ROLL: NKU junior forward Connie Myers has scored in double figures in four straight games, averaging 21 points per contest during that stretch.

Myers has also averaged 9.8 rebounds per contest the past four games. She averages 14.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg and is shooting 49.7 percent from the field.

GRAHAM POSTS IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS: NKU freshman center/forward Karmen Graham averaged 10 points and 4.5 rebounds on the two-game road trip last week.

For the season, Graham is scoring 6.7 ppg and shooting 58.3 percent from the field. She also has a team-leading nine blocked shots.

TOUGH ON DEFENSE: NKU ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in both field goal percentage defense (.384) and three-point percentage defense (.265). The Norse also rank No. 1 in rebounding margin at +7.7.

ABOUT WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: The Rangers feature junior post player Sammy Kromm, who averages 15.8 ppg and 6.6 rebounds. Kromm is shooting 55.2 percent from the field.

Two other Rangers - Carrie Schieve and Carrie Weir - each average 13.1 ppg.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: Earlier this season on Dec. 6, Sharell Snardon scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds as NKU defeated Wisconsin-Parkside, 77-66, at Kenosha, Wis.

NKU built a 20-9 lead early in the first half as Snardon scored nine points. Wisconsin-Parkside rallied and cut the lead to 28-27 with an 18-8 run, but the Norse responded with a 11-0 spurt to end the first half with a 39-27 advantage.

Sarah Woods came off the bench to score six points during the NKU run at the end of the first half.

Wisconsin-Parkside cut the lead to 61-56 with 5:31 remaining in the game on a jumper by Carrie Weir. The Norse responded with a 14-1 run, and they converted all 10 of their free throw attempts during that spurt. NKU held the Rangers to a 37.7 field goal percentage.

Nikki Perkins added 14 points for NKU, which shot 67.7 percent from the field - including 75 percent in the second half. Connie Myers scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half for the Norse, who upped their lead in the all-time series with Wisconsin-Parkside to 18-1.

Jessica Brock added 11 points, and Elizabeth Burrows added six assists for NKU.

ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH’S: The Pumas, 5-10 overall, are led by senior forward Heather Allen’s 18.8 ppg scoring average. Allen is No. 1 in the GLVC in scoring.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: On Jan. 30, 2003, Connie Myers scored six consecutive points late in the second half to lead NKU to a 77-74 victory over Saint Joseph’s in Regents Hall.

Myers finished with 15 points as the Norse picked up their 600th all-time victory. After Saint Joseph’s forged a 60-60 tie with 6:31 remaining in the game, Myers made three consecutive baskets as NKU built a 66-60 lead.

Saint Joseph’s cut the deficit to two points four times in the last four minutes, but NKU made six free throws in the final 58 seconds to maintain the lead.

Elizabeth Burrows hit one of two free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining to give NKU a 77-74 lead, and Saint Joseph’s desperation shot from past halfcourt fell short at the buzzer.

Bridget Flanagan scored 22 points, while Kristin Polosky added 11 points and seven rebounds for NKU. Amy Mobley finished with 10 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Norse beat Saint Joseph’s for the 19th consecutive time.

STREAK AGAINST THE PUMAS: 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.

NKU has won 19 straight against Saint Joseph’s entering Saturday’s game.

Karmen Graham