Jan. 27, 2003


Norse play host to Saint Joseph’s this Thursday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will play host to Saint Joseph's College this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Regents Hall.

NKU will also play host to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at 1 p.m. Saturday.

NKU improved to 13-3 overall last Thursday with a 73-69 victory over Bellarmine University in Regents Hall. The Norse are 9-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and tied with the University of Indianapolis for first place in the league standings.

NKU - which owns a six-game winning streak - 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.

The victory over Bellarmine 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.

Sharell Snardon scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead NKU past Bellarmine. The Knights 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.

Bellarmine 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 for the Norse.

FRESHMAN MAKES IMPACT: NKU freshman Sharell Snardon has averaged 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during the Norse’s last three contests. Snardon is shooting 53.3 percent from the field this season, and she averages 7.7 ppg and 5.4 rebounds.

FLANAGAN KEEPS ADDING TO RECORDS: NKU senior guard Bridget Flanagan enters Thursday’s game with Saint Joseph’s as the Norse's all-time career leader in three-pointers made (205) and three-point attempts (471). Flanagan leads NKU in scoring this season at 14.9 ppg, and she has made 47 of 110 three-point attempts.

POLOSKY NEARS 800 CAREER POINTS: NKU senior forward Kristin Polosky enters Thursday’s game with 778 career points. Polosky averages 9.6 ppg and ranks No. 2 on the team with 67 assists.

ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH’S: The Pumas have won five straight games and own a 10-8 record. Saint Joseph’s is 7-4 in the GLVC and tied with Bellarmine for fourth place in the league standings.

The Pumas are led by junior forward Heather Allen, who averages 14.0 ppg and 6.6 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Michelle Wegner is scoring 11.6 ppg and has made 27 of 57 three-point attempts. Wegner - who was named GLVC co-Player of the Week on Monday - scored a career-high 27 points last Saturday during Saint Joseph’s 88-71 win over Kentucky Wesleyan.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: Earlier this season on Jan. 4, Amy Mobley scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as NKU defeated Saint Joseph’s, 80-65, at the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse.

Mobley also added five assists, four blocked shots and two steals. Bridget Flanagan and Kristin Polosky each added 15 points for NKU.

Connie Myers finished with 14 points as the Norse beat Saint Joseph’s for the 18th consecutive time. 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 shot 52.2 percent from the field during the first half to build a 32-26 lead at intermission. The Norse held Saint Joseph’s to 32.3 percent shooting from the field before halftime, and the Pumas made just 3 of 12 from three-point range in the first half.

In the second half, NKU made 54.2 percent of its shots from the field, and the Norse sealed the victory by hitting 20 of 27 from the free throw line after intermission. Jessica Brock added 11 points off the bench for NKU, which won the rebounding battle by a 40-37 margin.

ABOUT WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: The Rangers are 9-9 overall, 5-6 in the GLVC.

The Rangers are led by sophomore forward Sammy Kromm, who averages 18.9 ppg and 6.7 rebounds. Kromm is also shooting 60.8 percent from the field. Senior guard Jamie Nebel averages 11.2 ppg and has made 45 of 147 three-point attempts.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: On Jan. 10, 2002, Amy Mobley scored 22 points and had five assists as NKU defeated Wisconsin-Parkside, 82-67, in Regents Hall.

Mobley also added four rebounds and two steals, while Michelle Cottrell finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for NKU. Kristin Polosky (12 points) and Dana Schubeler (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Norse.

GLVC TOURNAMENT APPROACHES: The 2003 GLVC Tournament will be held March 5-8 at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind. The top eight teams in the GLVC standings will qualify for the event, with the women's games scheduled to begin on March 5. The game times for March 5 will be 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (all times eastern).

The pairings will be announced on March 2.


Bridget Flanagan