Nov. 24, 2003

NKU PLAYS UNBEATEN FINDLAY ON TUESDAY

Talented Oilers (3-0) visit Regents Hall for key regional contest

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will play host to unbeaten University of Findlay (3-0) at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Regents Hall in a key regional contest.

NKU is 1-1 after dropping a 73-58 decision to defending NCAA Division II national championship South Dakota State University Saturday night in the championship game of the Holiday Isle Classic this past Saturday in Tavernier, Fla.

Brenda Davis scored 13 points to lead a balanced South Dakota State attack. The top-ranked Jackrabbits placed five players in double figures and held 10th-ranked NKU to 36.7 percent shooting from the field in a rematch of the 2003 NCAA Division II national title game.

SNARDON TAKES MVP HONORS: NKU sophomore post player Sharell Snardon scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to keep NKU in the Holiday Isle championship game. She was also named the Holiday Isle Classic’s most valuable player after averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the two-game tournament.

Snardon has scored in double figures in 12 straight games dating back to last season. She now has seven double-doubles in her career.

MYERS EARNS HONOR: NKU’s Connie Myers scored 12 points against South Dakota State and also earned All-Tournament honors. Myers enters the Findlay game averaging 13.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

BROCK ON THE BOARDS: NKU senior forward Jessica Brock, who grabbed nine rebounds against Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University last Thursday, averages 7.0 rpg through the first two games of the season. Brock is also scoring 6.0 ppg and has made 75 percent of her free throws.

PERKINS OFF TO GOOD START: NKU junior guard Nikki Perkins, in her first season with the Norse, averaged 10.5 ppg during the Holiday Isle Classic. She scored 15 points in her NKU debut to key the Norse's 61-39 win over Nova Southeastern.

Perkins, a transfer from Division I Cleveland State University, has made 87.5 percent of her free throws in two games. She also has five assists and leads NKU in three-pointers made with two.

ABOUT FINDLAY: Findlay enters Tuesday’s game with a 3-0 record after posting a 66-57 win over West Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday. The Oilers, members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, feature an outstanding inside attack.

Senior forward Tanya Ross averages 17.0 ppg and 5.7 rebounds for the Oilers. Findlay also features 6-3 senior center Zsofia Horvath, who averages 11.7 ppg and 13.0 rebounds per contest.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST FINDLAY: On Nov. 23, 2002, Connie Myers scored 20 points as NKU defeated Findlay, 86-52, at the Findlay Tip-Off Tournament. Myers made 10 of 14 field goal attempts and also added five assists. Jessica Brock came off the bench and added 15 points and nine rebounds for NKU.

NKU built a 40-29 halftime lead by shooting 51.7 percent from the field. Kristin Polosky scored all 11 of her points in the first half, and Brock had eight points during the first 20 minutes. In the second half, Myers scored 14 points as NKU coasted past the Oilers. Bridget Flanagan added 11 points for NKU, and Amy Mobley finished with 10 points.

Sharell Snardon added nine points, four steals and four rebounds for the Norse, and Elizabeth Burrows had five points, eight rebounds and four assists. NKU limited Findlay to just 32.1 percent shooting from the field and forced 23 turnovers.

GLVC PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEKEND: NKU will begin Great Lakes Valley Conference play this weekend when the University of Missouri-St. Louis visits Regents Hall at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Norse will also play host to Quincy University at 5:30 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 1).

Quincy is ranked No. 8 nationally in the Division II poll, and the Lady Hawks are the preseason favorite to capture the GLVC championship. Quincy is 3-0 to start the season.

Jessica Brock