Jan. 22, 2004

UW-PARKSIDE STUNS NKU, 57-45

Rangers hold Norse to 13 points in second half to pull upset

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Sammy Kromm scored 19 points Thursday night as the University of Wisconsin-Parkside women’s basketball team stunned Northern Kentucky University, 57-45, in Regents Hall.

Carrie Weir added 14 points as Wisconsin-Parkside won in Regents Hall for the first time in history. The Rangers (9-6 overall, 6-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) held NKU to just 13 points in the second half and allowed the Norse only five points during the final 13:26 of the game.

NKU (11-5 overall, 6-4 GLVC) built a 22-11 lead midway through the first half, but Wisconsin-Parkside used a 16-10 run to pull within 32-27 at the break. Connie Myers scored 10 of her 14 points before halftime to lead NKU, which is ranked No. 22 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.

Wisconsin-Parkside opened the second half with a 12-6 run and took a 39-38 lead on Michele Pickering’s layup at the 13:52 mark. NKU regained a 40-39 advantage with 13:26 remaining when Connie Myers powered her way for a basket, but the Norse were held scoreless during the next nine minutes.

The Norse shot just 18.5 percent (5-for-27) from the field in the second half and finished at 31.4 percent for the game. NKU also was held to just 6-for-23 shooting from three-point range and made just one field goal during the final 4:55 of the game.

Kromm, who made 8-of-13 shots from the field, also pulled down six rebounds. Jen Braier added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Rangers, who are now 2-18 all-time against NKU.

Going into Thursday’s contest, NKU was 9-0 all-time against Wisconsin-Parkside in Regents Hall. The 45 points were NKU’s lowest total at home since the 1978-79 season, when the Norse posted a 44-43 win over the University of Cincinnati.

Nikki Perkins finished with 10 points for NKU, which is ranked 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.

NKU will play host to Saint Joseph’s College at 1 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall.

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Connie Myers