Jan. 23, 2003

NKU POSTS 73-69 WIN OVER BELLARMINE

Snardon gets double-double as Norse win GLVC showdown

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Sharell Snardon scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday night as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team rallied to defeat Bellarmine University, 73-69, in Regents Hall.

Bellarmine built a 55-47 lead with 10:46 remaining in the game when Nickie Randall hit a short jumper, but Snardon keyed a 9-0 NKU run with four points as the Norse took a 56-55 advantage. The Knights responded with the next five points to gain a 60-56 lead, but consecutive baskets by Snardon and Kristin Polosky allowed NKU to tie the game at 60-60.

Bridget Flanagan’s three-pointer with 2:51 remaining gave NKU a 63-60 lead, and the Norse never trailed again. Flanagan hit another three-pointer with 49 seconds left to extend the Norse’s advantage to 68-62, and Polosky added a breakaway layup and two free throws to seal the victory.

Polosky added 16 points and 10 rebounds as NKU improved to 13-3 overall, 9-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse, who extended their winning streak to six, also made 10 of 27 three-point attempts to remain in sole possession of first place in the GLVC.

Flanagan added 12 points for NKU, which is ranked No. 20 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. The Norse are rated No. 4 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll.

Stephanie Pieper scored 17 points for Bellarmine, which dropped to 12-5 overall, 7-3 in the GLVC. Lyndsey Neal added 15 points for the Knights, while Randall finished with 14 points and seven assists.

The victory was No. 599 in the 29-year history of the NKU women’s basketball program. In 29 years of competition, the Norse own a 599-228 record.

NKU remained unbeaten at home this season (8-0), and the Norse are 34-2 in Regents Hall during the past three years. NKU has now won 12 straight at home, with the last defeat a 72-59 setback against Bellarmine on Jan. 19, 2002.

NKU will next play on Jan. 30, when Saint Joseph’s College visits Regents Hall for a 5:30 p.m. GLVC game.

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