Nov. 23, 2001


Norse open GLVC play this weekend

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team is 1-0 after posting a 70-54 victory over Georgetown (Ky.) College this past Tuesday night in Regents Hall.

The Norse will begin Great Lakes Valley Conference play this Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with a road game at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. NKU will conclude the road trip at 6:30 p.m. Monday with a game at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.

Michelle Cottrell scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Norse past Georgetown (Ky.). Bridget Flanagan added 15 points as the Norse opened the season with a victory. NKU held Georgetown (3-2) to just 26.9 percent shooting from the field (7 of 26) in the second half to break open a close game.

NKU used a 12-3 run to extend a 37-36 lead to 49-39 with 7:34 remaining. Suzie Smith scored six points during the NKU spurt. NKU made 52.3 percent of its shots from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 34-29 margin.

Cottrell, last season’s Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year, now has 1,737 career points. She needs just 147 points to pass Peggy Vincent (1,883 points) and become NKU’s all-time career scoring leader.

ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Michelle Cottrell now has 37 career double-doubles with the Norse.

FLANAGAN ON TARGET: NKU’s Bridget Flanagan made a trio of three-point shots Tuesday night in the win over Georgetown (Ky.). She was the only NKU player to hit a three-point shot in that game.

SMITH SOLID AT THE POINT: NKU senior point guard Suzie Smith scored nine points, dished out four assists and had two rebounds Tuesday night. She also scored six points during the decisive 12-3 run in the second half that allowed NKU to pull away.

STRONG DEBUTS: NKU freshmen Elizabeth Burrows and Connie Myers both contributed in the win on Tuesday night in their first collegiate games. Burrows had six points and two steals, while Myers scored five points and grabbed five rebounds. Myers also added four assists.

WINSTEL NEARS 400 WINS AT NKU: Norse head coach Nancy Winstel now has 388 victories at NKU. She is looking to become the first basketball coach in Norse history to reach the 400-win plateau.

ABOUT LEWIS: The Flyers are 2-0 after posting a 77-50 win over St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday. The Flyers held St. Francis to just 30.6 percent shooting from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 49-30 margin to record the easy win.

Lewis has no one who averages in double figures through the first two games, but the Flyers feature eight players who average at least six points per game. Kim Mackinson, Jennifer Simon, Cassie Stark and Tracy Buchholz all average 9.5 points per game.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: On Feb. 3, 2001, Michelle Cottrell scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds as NKU defeated Lewis, 72-63, at the Neil Carey Arena.

NKU held a 62-58 lead with just more then two minutes remaining in the game when Jessica Jenson hit a three-pointer to give the Norse a 65-58 advantage. Jenson later hit another three-pointer to give NKU a 68-60 lead and the Norse held off the Flyers.

Heather Livingstone added 14 points and a career-high 10 assists. NKU built a 34-27 halftime lead by forcing Lewis into 19 first-half turnovers.