Sunday, December 09, 2001

Stowers lifts NKU to OT victory

Hits game-winner vs. Southern Ind.

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Brenden Stowers scored on a driving layup with seven seconds remaining in overtime Saturday night to give Northern Kentucky University an 83-82 win over Southern Indiana at Regents Hall.

        NKU (6-2, 3-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference) rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half by shooting 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field. The Norse were 6-of-7 from the field in overtime.

        Wes Attebury's tip-in with 16 seconds left in overtime gave USI (5-4, 3-3) an 82-81 lead. After Stowers' layup put NKU ahead 83-82, Southern Indiana missed two shots in the final seconds.

        Craig Sanders (McNicholas High) led NKU with 19 points, Stowers (Simon Kenton) finished with 14, and Carl Mitchell had 13 points and two blocked shots. Jesse Rupe had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Norse, ranked No.17 in NCAA Division II.

        Mount St.Joseph 66,
       Bluffton 55

        MSJ won its second game of the season, jumping out to an early advantage and following the leads of Joe Toney (Harrison) and Matt Volkerding (Harrison), who each scored 16 points.

        The Lions also harassed Bluffton into 21 turnovers.
        Anderson 88,
       Thomas More 85

        Anderson shot only 32 percent from the field but got a huge boost from the foul line, making 34 of its 45 free throw attempts.

        Kent Creasman's 14 points led Anderson, which shot only 28.6 percent in the first half but led 39-35.

        TMC got 17 points from Kyle Booth, and was nearly even with Anderson in every statistical category — except foul shots. The Saints made 17 of their 28 tries.
       Both teams made heavy use of their benches. Anderson had nine players who played 18 minutes or more; TMC had 11 men play 11 minutes or more.
       Xavier 79,
       St.Francis 65

        Amy Waugh scored 16 points and led four players in double figures for the Musketeers (3-4).

        Shavon Bell added 14 points, Reetta Piipari 11 and Kate Kreager 10. Waugh also had eight assists and Piipari seven, and the Muskies forced St.Francis into 18 turnovers. XU was outrebounded 34-27 but owned a big edge at the foul line, shooting 16-of-23 to St.Francis' 7-of-10.
        Northern Kentucky 81,
       Southern Indiana 71

        Bridget Flanagan (Mercy) scored a career-high 25 points, including seven 3-pointers, for undefeated NKU (7-0, 5-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference).

        The Norse also extended their home win streak to 30 games at Regents Hall.

        Michelle Cottrell (Boone County) added 19 points and 18 rebounds for NKU, which is ranked No.3 in the NCAA Division II poll. Cottrell has 1,851 career points and 41 double-doubles.

        Kristin Polosky scored 16 points and had five rebounds for the Norse, who shot 52.6 percent from the field.

        Jessica Stuckman led No.11 USI (7-3, 4-2 GLVC) with 22 points. USI defeated NKU twice last season en route to the GLVC championship.
        Cincinnati State 63,
       Miami-Dade 62

        Christina Estrict scored 20 points to lead the Lady Surge in the semifinals of the Broward Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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