Jan. 19, 2001

NORSE PLAY HOST TO KWC SATURDAY

NKU seeks 21st consecutive home victory

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team is 13-1 after defeating Bellarmine University, 88-79, Thursday night in Regents Hall. NKU is 7-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and tied for first place with Bellarmine.

The Norse, ranked No. 5 nationally in the Division II poll, will play host to Kentucky Wesleyan College at 1 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall.

Michelle Cottrell scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Thursday night to lead NKU past Bellarmine. Bridget Flanagan, starting for injured senior guard Michele Tuchfarber, added 16 points as NKU ended Bellarmine’s nine-game winning streak.

Cottrell, who recorded her third straight double-double, had 12 points in the first half as NKU built a 47-34 lead. The Norse also made 8 of 12 three-point shots in the first half and held 19th-ranked Bellarmine to 44.8 percent shooting from the field.

NKU led by as many as 17 points in the second half and coasted to the win. NKU extended its home winning streak to 20 consecutive games with the victory Thursday night.

NKU is now 52-4 in its last 56 games against GLVC opponents after Thursday's victory.

INJURY UPDATE: NKU senior guard Michele Tuchfarber, who has missed the past three games with a sprained left ankle, will also miss Saturday’s contest against Kentucky Wesleyan. Tuchfarber, who has scored 1,369 career points, is NKU’s all-time career leader in three-pointers made with 143. She averages 12.9 points per game this season.

COTTRELL’S DOUBLE-DOUBLES: NKU junior forward Michelle Cottrell has now recorded 31 double-doubles in her career. Cottrell ranks No. 5 on the Norse’s all-time scoring list with 1,454 career points. She has posted five double-doubles this season, including the past three games.

Cottrell also ranks No. 7 in career rebounds at NKU with 732.

FLANAGAN HAS CAREER GAME: NKU sophomore guard Bridget Flanagan scored a career-high 16 points Thursday night against Bellarmine. Flanagan, from Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, made four three-point shots in that game. Since being inserted into the starting lineup for injured guard Michele Tuchfarber, Flanagan has averaged 13.7 points per game.

NO. 1 IN THE REGION AGAIN: NKU is No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. The Norse jumped past the University of Southern Indiana for the top spot in this week’s poll. Here is the Great Lakes Region poll:

1. Northern Kentucky

2. Southern Indiana

3. Bellarmine

4. Michigan Tech

5. Northern Michigan

6. Ferris State

ABOUT KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: The Panthers are 4-10 overall after losing at the University of Indianapolis by a 68-52 score Thursday. Kentucky Wesleyan is 1-7 in the GLVC.

Crystal Martin leads Kentucky Wesleyan in scoring at 15.2 ppg. Martin also is the team leader in rebounding at 7.6 rebounds per contest. Stephanie Jarvis averages 13.4 ppg and leads the team in three-pointers made with 50. Jarvis is shooting 45.5 percent from three-point range.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: On Jan. 31, 2000, at Owensboro, Ky., Michelle Cottrell scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as NKU defeated Kentucky Wesleyan, 71-59. It was the only meeting between the two teams last season.