Jan. 8, 2004


Myers gets double-double as 22nd-ranked Norse extend win streak to six

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Connie Myers scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and finished with six assists Thursday night as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team defeated Kentucky Wesleyan College, 87-46, in Regents Hall.

Nikki Perkins added 20 points and dished out three assists as NKU won its sixth straight game and improved to 9-3 overall, 4-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse shot 60.7 percent from the field to hand Kentucky Wesleyan (2-10 overall, 0-6 in the GLVC) its 10th consecutive loss.

Karyn Creager scored 13 points and added six rebounds for NKU, which is ranked No. 22 nationally in the latest NCAA Division II poll. Jessica Brock finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Norse.

Myers scored 11 points in the first half as NKU built a 36-27 lead at the break. Perkins added nine points - all on three-pointers - before halftime as the Norse shot 57.7 percent from the field during the first half.

Creager scored all 13 of her points in the second half as NKU coasted to the victory. The Norse made 63.3 percent of their shots from the field after halftime and finished 11-for-20 from three-point range.

Rozalind Jones led Kentucky Wesleyan with 18 points and 11 rebounds. NKU won the rebounding battle by a 40-27 margin and collected eight blocked shots against the smaller Panthers.

Creager, Myers and Karmen Graham each had two blocks for NKU. Elizabeth Burrows dished out a game-high seven assists for the Norse.

NKU is now 40-3 all-time against Kentucky Wesleyan and owns 12 consecutive victories against the Panthers. Kentucky Wesleyan has not beaten NKU since Jan. 31, 1998, when the Panthers pulled out a 74-72 overtime win against the Norse in Owensboro, Ky.

The Norse also improved to 20-0 all-time against the Panthers in Regents Hall.

NKU will meet the University of Southern Indiana at 1 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall.


Connie Myers