Nov. 28, 2001
NKU TO MEET INDY THIS THURSDAY
Norse enter Thursday with 26-game home win streak
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University womens basketball team improved to 3-0 Monday night with a 64-60 win at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
The Norse, now 2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, will play host to the University of Indianapolis at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night in Regents Hall.
Michelle Cottrell - who was named GLVC Player of the Week earlier on Monday - scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half to lead the Norse past Wisconsin-Parkside. Bridget Flanagan added 14 points and Suzie Smith - who missed most of the second half with an ankle injury - made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to seal the victory for the Norse.
NKU shot 56.1 percent from the field, and the Norse made 7 of 11 three-point shots. Flanagan made 4 of 6 three-point attempts for NKU, which is now 14-0 all-time against Wisconsin-Parkside.
Cottrell has 1,775 career points, and she needs just 109 points to pass Peggy Vincent (1,883 points) and become NKUs all-time career scoring leader.
The victory was No. 390 for NKU head coach Nancy Winstel. She is looking to become the first basketball coach in Norse history to reach the 400-win plateau.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES KEEP ADDING UP: Michelle Cottrell now has 38 double-doubles after picking up 20 points and 11 rebounds against Lewis last Saturday. She averages 21.7 points and 10.3 rebounds entering Thursday night.
HOME STREAK CONTINUES: NKU has won 26 consecutive home games entering Thursday night's contest against Indianapolis. The Norse have not lost at home since Jan. 8, 2000, when Bellarmine posted a 76-72 win against NKU in Regents Hall.
CAREER HIGH FOR POLOSKY: NKU junior forward Kristin Polosky recorded a career-high six assists Monday night against Wisconsin-Parkside. Polosky also scored eight points and had four rebounds.
SMITH ON TARGET: NKU senior point guard Suzie Smith made every shot she took Monday night. She hit both field goals attempts - a pair of three-pointers - and two free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win for the Norse.
ABOUT INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds are 2-1 after rallying to defeat Saint Joseph's College, 71-63, on Monday night. Indianapolis is 2-0 in the GLVC.
Junior forward Kristen Lowry, a transfer from Xavier University, had a career game at Saint Josephs to lead her team to victory. The former Indiana high school all-star recorded career highs in points (22), rebounds (11), assists (4), field goals (10), blocked shots (2) and minutes (40).
The 6-foot-1 Lowry hit 10 of 15 shots from the field to increase her season accuracy to a team-best 17 of 31 (54.8 percent). She leads the Greyhounds in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg).
THE LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On Feb. 13, 2001. Michelle Cottrell scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as NKU defeated Indianapolis, 72-38, at Nicoson Hall.
Julie Cowens added 17 points for NKU, which controlled the entire game.
In their first meeting of last season, NKU posted a 66-44 win over Indianapolis in Regents Hall. Cottrell and Cowens both scored 15 points in that game. Amy Mobley added nine points for the Norse.
THE STREAK AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: NKU has won 12 consecutive games against Indianapolis. The last time Indianapolis defeated NKU was during the 1995-96 season at Nicoson Hall, when the Greyhounds pulled out a 74-64 victory against the Norse.
SALEM INTERNATIONAL NEXT FOR NKU: Salem International (W. Va.) University will visit Regents Hall this Saturday at 2 p.m. to meet the NKU womens basketball team.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, Kentucky Wesleyan College will visit NKU for a GLVC doubleheader, starting with the women's game at 5:30 p.m. The men will follow at 7:45 p.m.