March 9, 2004

NKU TO MEET QUINCY IN NCAA FIRST ROUND

Norse (17-10) play top-seeded Lady Hawks (26-4) at 6:30 p.m. Friday

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will meet Quincy University in the first round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament at 6:30 p.m. this Friday (March 12) at Quincy, Ill.

NKU enters the NCAA Division II Tournament with a 17-10 overall record. The Norse are the No. 8 seed in the Great Lakes Region, while Quincy (26-4) is the No. 1 seed.

The NKU/Quincy winner will meet either Bellarmine University or the University of Indianapolis at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals, with the championship game scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday (March 15).

All NKU games will be broadcast live on the radio on WTSJ (1050 AM).

The winner of the Great Lakes Region will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which will be held at St. Joseph, Mo.

NCAA TOURNAMENT STREAK AT SIX: This marks the sixth consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament for NKU, which is the two-time defending champion of the Great Lakes Region.

NKU has advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight four times in the past five years, and the Norse finished as national runner-up to South Dakota State University last season at St. Joseph, Mo.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: NKU owns a 19-13 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, and the Norse captured the 2000 NCAA Division II national championship at Pine Bluff, Ark., with a 71-62 overtime victory against North Dakota State.

A year ago, NKU defeated Grand Valley State, Indianapolis and Quincy to win the Great Lakes Region title. The Norse also posted wins against Washburn (Kan.) and California (Pa.) at St. Joseph, Mo., before falling to South Dakota State in the national championship game.

NKU AGAINST THE NCAA II GREAT LAKES REGION FIELD: NKU is 3-6 this season against teams in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region field. The Norse are 0-2 against Quincy, 1-2 against Indianapolis, 1-1 against Bellarmine, and 1-1 against Southern Indiana.

INSIDE FORCE: NKU junior forward Connie Myers ranks No. 8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in scoring at 14.4 points per game. Myers also ranks No. 5 in rebounding in the GLVC at 7.3 rpg.

NKU sophomore post player Sharell Snardon leads the GLVC in rebounding at 8.2 rpg. Snardon also averages 13.1 ppg and has made 56.2 percent of her shots from the field.

CREAGER NO. 1 IN FREE THROWS: NKU freshman Karyn Creager continues to lead the GLVC in free throw shooting at 86.8 percent. Creager also averages 6.6 ppg this season.

THIS SEASON AGAINST QUINCY: Earlier this season on Jan. 15, Jessica Stuckman and Lisa Farrell combined for 31 points as Quincy posted a 61-52 win over NKU at Quincy, Ill. Stuckman finished with 16 points as Quincy swept the season series from NKU for the first time in history. Farrell added 15 points for the Lady Hawks.

Quincy held a 27-23 halftime lead after holding NKU to just 30 percent shooting from the field. The Lady Hawks opened the second half with a 12-3 run to build a 39-26 advantage, and Quincy extended its lead to as many as 19 points.

Connie Myers led NKU with 22 points and nine rebounds, and Karmen Graham added nine points. The Norse, however, committed 12 of their 16 turnovers in the second half and were just 3-for-14 from three-point range. The Norse starting backcourt was held to 2-of-11 shooting and produced only four points.

In their first meeting on Dec. 1, Stuckman scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Quincy defeated NKU, 76-59, in Regents Hall. Lindsay Anderson and Farrell each added 15 points for Quincy.

It was Quincy’s first-ever road victory against NKU, which owned a 7-0 record in Regents Hall against the Lady Hawks prior to that loss.

Quincy forced 10 NKU turnovers in the first half with its full-court pressure and took a 31-26 lead at the break. Anderson scored eight points for the Lady Hawks before halftime, while Farrell added seven points in the first half.

In the second half, Quincy shot 56.7 percent from the field and coasted to the victory. The Lady Hawks led by as many as 18 points and never trailed in the second half.

Nikki Perkins scored 16 points for NKU. The Norse made just 39.6 percent of their shots from the field and finished with 19 turnovers.

QUINCY TOUGH AT HOME: Quincy owns a 14-0 record at home in Pepsi Arena this season. The Lady Hawks have beaten NKU two of the last three meetings at Quincy, Ill.

NKU is 5-6 on the road this season, and the Norse own a 1-2 record on neutral courts.


NCAA II Great Lakes Regional

(at Quincy, Ill.)

Friday, March 12

#3 Ferris State (21-9) vs. #6 Ashland (22-7), 1 p.m.

#2 Lake Superior State (26-3) vs. #7 Southern Indiana (20-9), 3:30 p.m.

#1 Quincy (26-4) vs. #8 Northern Kentucky (17-10), 6:30 p.m.

#4 Indianapolis (22-8) vs. #5 Bellarmine (21-8), 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, March 13

Lake Superior State/Southern Indiana winner vs.Ferris State/Ashland winner, 6 p.m.

Quincy/Northern Kentucky winner vs. Indianapolis/Bellarmine winner, 8:30 p.m.

 

Monday, March 15

Championship game, 8 p.m.

Connie Myers