Jan. 8, 2001

NKU (10-1) TO MEET IPFW (10-2) THURSDAY

Norse seek to rebound from loss at Southern Indiana

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team is 10-1 after suffering a 72-62 loss to the University of Southern Indiana last Saturday night at Evansville, Ind. The loss snapped NKU’s 34-game winning streak and dropped the Norse to 4-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

NKU will play road games this week at Great Lakes Valley Conference rivals Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (5:30 p.m. Thursday) and Saint Joseph’s College (2 p.m. Saturday).

NKU held a 49-42 lead with 8:42 remaining in the game Saturday, but Southern Indiana used a 20-4 run to take a 62-53 advantage and never trailed again. Senior guard Michele Tuchfarber led NKU with 19 points.

The loss also snapped NKU’s GLVC road winning streak at 19 consecutive games. Prior to Saturday, NKU had not lost a GLVC road game since Dec. 5, 1998, when Southern Illinois at Edwardsville defeated the Norse, 62-61.

RARE SIGHT: When Southern Indiana took a 50-49 lead last Saturday with 6:54 remaining in the game, it marked the first time this season NKU had trailed in the second half of a game.

FAREWELL TO FORT WAYNE: As a result of IPFW leaving the GLVC to become NCAA Division I after the 2000-01 academic year, this will likely be NKU’s last appearance in the Gates Sports Center.

IN THE GLVC: NKU has gone 49-4 in its last 53 games against GLVC opponents after Saturday’s loss at Southern Indiana. The only GLVC teams to beat NKU during the past three years are Southern Indiana, SIUE, Missouri-St. Louis and Bellarmine.

The loss to SIUE was at the Vadalabene Center two years ago by a 62-61 score. NKU lost to both Missouri-St. Louis (two years ago) and Bellarmine (last season) in Regents Hall.

MOVING UP THE LIST: NKU junior forward Michelle Cottrell now ranks No. 7 on the Norse’s all-time scoring list with 1,390 career points. Cottrell needs just four points to pass Melissa Wood (1,393 points) and move into sixth place on the all-time list.

Cottrell is NKU’s all-time leader in free throws made with 386, and she is No. 1 all-time in field goal percentage (60 percent). She also ranks No. 9 in career rebounds (696) at NKU.

NKU senior guard Michele Tuchfarber enters Thursday’s game with 1,369 career points, which ranks No. 8 on the Norse’s all-time scoring list. Tuchfarber is NKU’s all-time career leader in three-pointers made with 143.

ABOUT IPFW: The Mastodons are 10-2 after losing at home by a score of 110-86 last Saturday to Bellarmine University. IPFW is 3-2 in the GLVC.

IPFW is led by sophomore forward Trish Fleming, who averages 21.8 ppg. Fleming scored 35 points in the loss to Bellarmine last Saturday. Senior guard Jamie Holderman averages 17.3 ppg and leads IPFW in three-pointers made with 28. Freshman guard Amy Gearlds averages 12.3 ppg and has made 18 of 53 three-point attempts.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST IPFW: On March 1, 2000, in the first round of the GLVC Tournament at Evansville, Ind., NKU posted a 76-58 win against IPFW. Michele Tuchfarber led NKU with 17 points and six rebounds in that game.

NKU also defeated IPFW in both regular-season meetings a year ago, taking the first game by a 66-54 score at Fort Wayne, Ind. Michelle Cottrell scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Norse.

In the second meeting of the season at Highland Heights, Ky., NKU posted an 80-49 victory against the Mastodons. Cottrell added 19 points and nine rebounds to lead NKU. The Norse limited IPFW to just 15.4 percent shooting from the field in the second half of that game. NKU also held the Mastodons scoreless for more than nine minutes during the second half.

STREAK AGAINST IPFW: NKU has not lost to IPFW since the 1996-97 season, when the Mastodons posted an 83-74 win over the Norse in Fort Wayne, Ind. Since that loss, NKU has won eight straight games against IPFW.

THE SERIES WITH SAINT JOSEPH’S: NKU will also visit Rensselaer, Ind., on Saturday to meet Saint Joseph’s College. NKU leads the all-time series with Saint Joseph’s, 20-11. The Norse own 12 consecutive victories over Saint Joseph’s going into Saturday’s game.

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.