Nov. 29, 2003

NKU OPENS GLVC PLAY WITH 71-64 WIN

Creager, Snardon lead Norse to comeback victory over UM-St. Louis

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Karyn Creager scored 11 of her career-high 16 points in the second half Saturday afternoon as the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team defeated the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 71-64, in Regents Hall.

Creager, a 5-foot-11 freshman guard, scored nine points in the final 8:59 of the game as NKU rallied to win its Great Lakes Valley Conference opener. After Kali Birkey hit a three-pointer with 2:12 left to give Missouri-St. Louis a 64-63 advantage, Creager hit a jumper in the lane to regain the lead for NKU.

With less than a minute remaining and NKU holding a 67-64 lead, Creager blocked a three-point attempt by Crystal Lambert. Connie Myers grabbed the rebound, and the Norse made four free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Sharell Snardon scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead NKU, which improved to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in the GLVC. Snardon has scored in double figures in 14 straight games dating back to last season, and it was her ninth career double-double.

Connie Myers added 14 points and six assists for NKU, which upped its lead in the all-time series with Missouri-St. Louis to 12-1. Nikki Perkins finished with 10 points and six assists for the Norse, who are ranked No. 10 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.

Birkey led Missouri-St. Louis (0-4 overall, 0-1 in the GLVC) with 18 points. The Riverwomen trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but 52.2 percent shooting from the field after the break enabled them to take the lead four different times in the second half.

The Norse will play host to eighth-ranked Quincy University at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Quincy - the preseason favorite to win the GLVC - dropped a 53-48 decision at the University of Indianapolis on Saturday.

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