Friday, February 08, 2002

Balanced offense wears down NKU

Sanders extends double-figure scoring streak to 41 games

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        RENSSELAER, Ind. — Brent Mason and Corey Seegers scored 18 points each Thursday night as Saint Joseph's College defeated Northern Kentucky University 73-70 at Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse.

        Marlin Murphy added 14 points as the Pumas rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit by shooting 60.7 percent from the field in the second half. Saint Joseph's improved to 6-15 overall, 3-12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

        Craig Sanders (McNicholas HS) scored 20 points for NKU, which dropped to 15-6 overall, 11-4 in the GLVC. Sanders also extended his streak of games in double figures to 41.

        The loss could be costly for the Norse in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region rankings, which determines which teams advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament in March.

        NKU entered Thursday ranked No.6 in the Great Lakes Region, and the top six teams in the poll will qualify for the NCAA Division II Tournament.

        “We did not get the job done, and this is a game that we needed to win,” NKU assistant coach Dave Bezold said.

        NKU played without head coach Ken Shields, who underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his back last week. Shields will return to his coaching duties Saturday night when NKU visits the University of Indianapolis.

       Women: NKU 92, St.Joseph's 70

        RENSSELAER, Ind. — Dana Schubeler scored a career-high 25 points for NKU.

        Amy Mobley (Harrison HS) added 18 points as NKU improved to 17-4 (13-2 GLVC). The Norse are ranked No.10 in the NCAA Division II poll.

        Kristin Polosky finished with 14 points for NKU, which has beaten St. Joseph's 16 consecutive times during the past eight years.

        Michelle Cottrell, NKU's leading scorer, missed her sixth straight game due to a stress fracture in her right foot.


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