Jan. 9, 2004
NKU TO MEET S. INDIANA IN GLVC SHOWDOWN
Norse (9-3) own six-game winning streak going into Saturday
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University womens basketball team will play host to the University of Southern Indiana at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Great Lakes Valley Conference showdown in Regents Hall.
NKU owns a 9-3 overall record after posting an 87-46 win over Kentucky Wesleyan College on Thursday. The Norse, winners of six straight games, are 4-2 in the GLVC.
Southern Indiana, which dropped a 71-68 decision at the University of Indianapolis on Thursday, is 10-3 overall, 4-3 in the GLVC.
MYERS, PERKINS LEAD NKU PAST KWC: Connie Myers scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and finished with six assists Thursday night to lead NKU past Kentucky Wesleyan. Nikki Perkins added 20 points and dished out three assists as the Norse shot 60.7 percent from the field to hand Kentucky Wesleyan 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.
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.
THREE-POINTS FOR PERKINS: NKU junior guard Nikki Perkins is 31-for-63 (.492) from three-point range this season. She is averaging 12.7 points per game and has also dished out 45 assists.
GRAHAM ON TARGET: NKU freshman post player Karmen Graham is shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. Graham averages 6.0 ppg and 3.3 rebounds per contest.
ABOUT SOUTHERN INDIANA: The Screaming Eagles are led by junior guard Jamie Truitt, who averages 15.4 ppg and has made 31 three-point field goals. Senior forward Shajuan Lindsey is scoring 11.5 ppg and is shooting 50.9 percent from the field.
Senior forward Shannon Wells averages 11.5 ppg and 4.8 rebounds.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST SOUTHERN INDIANA: On Feb. 13, 2003, Bridget Flanagan scored 22 points as NKU defeated Southern Indiana, 87-62, in Regents Hall. Amy Mobley added 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for NKU.
Mobley scored 14 points in the first half as NKU built a 47-33 lead at the break. The Norse shot 57.1 percent from the field in the first half and held Southern Indiana to just eight rebounds during the first 20 minutes.
Flanagan scored 15 points in the second half as NKU led by as many as 30 points. The Norse won the rebounding battle by a 41-25 margin and led the entire game. Africa Sherrod scored 14 points to lead Southern Indiana, while Shannon Wells added 11 points.
Connie Myers, Elizabeth Burrows and Sharell Snardon each finished with 10 points for NKU.
In the first meeting a year ago at Evansville, Ind., Flanagan scored a career-high 31 points as NKU posted a 98-82 win over Southern Indiana. Flanagan hit seven three-point shots as NKU made a school-record 15 three-pointers.
NKUs 15 three-pointers also tied a Great Lakes Valley Conference single-game record.
HOME STREAK AGAINST SOUTHERN INDIANA: NKU has won four straight games against Southern Indiana in Regents Hall. The Screaming Eagles have not won in Regents Hall since Jan. 22, 1998, when Southern Indiana posted a 73-64 victory against NKU.
NKU HITS ROAD NEXT WEEK: NKU will hit the road next week for games at Quincy University (Jan. 15) and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Jan. 17).
Quincy, which was the preseason favorite to win the GLVC, has won eight straight games going into Saturday. The Lady Hawks already own a 76-59 victory at NKU earlier this season.