Saturday, March 11, 2000

Cottrell saves NKU women




BY RAY SCHAEFER
Enquirer contributor

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — For the second straight year, Northern Kentucky University's fate in the women's NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional against Michigan Tech rested in Michelle Cottrell's hands, and for the second straight time she delivered.

        Her layup with eight seconds to go lifted NKU to a 60-59 semifinal win Friday at Regents Hall.

        The Norse play Northern Michigan — a 97-73 winner over Missouri-St. Louis — for the title at 7:45 p.m. today. The winner gets a berth in the Elite Eight tournament March 22-23 and March 25 in Pine Bluff, Ark.

        “I'd rather beat a team by 15,” Cottrell said. “I just knew we needed a basket.”

        With 37 seconds remaining, Michigan Tech's Allison Bailey (24 points) missed the front end of a 1-and-1. NKU grabbed the rebound and set up for the final shot.

        Cottrell, who also grabbed 15 rebounds to go with her 29 points, grabbed her last board off teammate Bridget Flanagan's missed jumper and put the ball back in.

        After both teams traded timeouts, Tech's Elizabeth Pietila threw the ball in to teammate Clara Goggins. After dribbling about 20 feet, Goggins fired a 30-foot 3-pointer that missed wide right.

        “I think I told (Goggins) to take the shot she was most comfortable with,” Tech coach Darla Olson said. “I'd give her the ball again in a heartbeat.”

        The Norse committed 18 turnovers and were 21-of-49 from the field and 2-of-10 from 3-point range.

        NKU held Tech to 19-of-53 from the field and forced 14 turnovers.

        “The thing about our team is, we don't quit,” NKU's coach Nancy Winstel said. “That's the story in the story.”

        MICHIGAN TECH (23-7): Hofmann 3-9 4-4 10, Goggins 3-10 0-0 9, Bailey 8-14 8-10 24, Gardner 1-4 0-0 2, Pietila 1-3 2-2 5, Nemitz 1-3 2-2 4, Kriegl 1-4 0-0 2, McClone 1-2 0-0 3, Pernsteiner 0-1, 0-0 0, Madden 0-1 0-0 0, Harden 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 19-53 16-18 59.

        NORTHERN KENTUCKY (28-2): Cottrell 11-15 7-9 29, Cowens 0-3 0-0 0, Jenson 1-5 1-2 3, Livingstone 4-9 2-2 10, Tuchfarber 3-7 1-2 9, Smith 2-4 0-1 4, Mobley 0-3 2-2 2, Flanagan 0-1 0-0 0, Polosky 0-2 3-4 3. Totals: 21-49 16-22 60.

        Halftime score: NKU led, 26-25. 3-point goals: MT 5-of-9 (Goggins 3-4, Gardner 0-1, Pietila 1-2, McClone 1-1, Madden 0-1); NKU 2-of-10 (Jenson 0-2, Livingstone 0-3, Tuchfarber 2-3, Smith 0-1, Polosky 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: MT 31 (Goggins 6, Bailey 6); NKU 37 (Cottrell 15). Assists: MT 9 (Kriegl 4); NKU 5 (Livingston 2). Turnovers: MT 14 (Gardner 3); NKU 18 (Mobley 5). Total fouls: MT 19; NKU 16.

        • Northern Michigan 97, Missouri-St. Louis 73 — Senior forward Sasha Leverentz's 19 points led a group of five in double figures.

        Two Northern Michigan runs did in UMSL. An 18-7 streak gave the Wildcats a 34-19 lead with 6:04 left in the first half, and a 15-1 streak made it 62-34 five minutes into the second half.

       



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