Sunday, February 10, 2002

Cottrell returns from injury, leads NKU women to victory

Sanders sparks Norse men's win

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        INDIANAPOLIS — Michelle Cottrell scored 15 points Saturday as Northern Kentucky University posted a 56-52 win at the University of Indianapolis.

        Cottrell, who missed six games because of a stress fracture in her foot, gave NKU a 53-52 lead with 1:52 remaining by making a layup while being fouled and converting the free throw. Cottrell (Boone County HS) has 1,995 career points.

        Dana Schubeler added 12 points and 10 rebounds for NKU (18-4, 14-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference), which ranked No.10 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.


Miami 72, Bowling Green 61

               Miami overcame 24 turnovers in a key Mid-American Conference East Division victory.

        Heather Cusick led MU (13-10, 7-5) with 17 points, and three other RedHawks also scored in double figures. Cusick also added eight assists, six rebounds and four steals.


Thomas More 75, Hanover 49

               Jodi Schroeder (Seton) scored a game-high 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting and the Saints (16-6) held Hanover without a double-figure scorer.

        TMC's defense contained Hanover (11-12), which shot 27.9 percent from the field for the game.

        Bridget New (McAuley) added 14 points for TMC, and Holly Roberts (Gallatin County) scored 12.


Defiance 73, Mount St. Joseph 71

               Mandy Eberle made a basket with 26 seconds remaining to seal the win for visiting Defiance (18-5, 9-4 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).

        Eberle led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

        Virginia Grace (Colerain) led the Mount (9-14, 4-8) with 22 points, and Christina Brown (Goshen) added 20.


Men: NKU 80, Indianapolis 61

               INDIANAPOLIS — Craig Sanders scored 32 points as NKU won at Nicoson Hall.

        Sanders (McNicholas HS) scored 20 points in the first half as NKU built a 46-29 lead. The Norse made 55.6 percent of their shots from the field in the first half and held Indianapolis to 34.6 percent shooting from the field.

        Sanders, who made four 3-point shots in the first half, also extended his school-record streak of games in double figures to 42. Brenden Stowers (Simon Kenton HS) added 15 points for NKU (16-6, 12-4 GLVC).

        NKU coach Ken Shields returned to the sidelines after a five-game absence. Shields underwent successful back surgery last week.

        “It felt great to be back on the bench after missing several games, and I was really pleased with how we played in the first half,” Shields said. “It was imperative that we win this game after letting one get away the other night at St. Joseph's,” Shields said.

        NKU, which dropped a 73-70 decision at St. Joseph's on Thursday, is now in sole possession of second place in the GLVC standings as a result of Southern Indiana's 81-68 loss at Lewis (Ill.) on Saturday.

        The Norse are No.6 in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region ratings, and the top six teams will qualify for the NCAA Tournament.


Defiance 80, Mount St. Joseph 65

               Eric Vinery scored 21 points, Mike Kurdziel 18 and Jeremy Milovic 15 as Defiance (16-8, 10-3 HCAC) rolled to victory on its home court.

        The Mount (9-14, 5-7) trailed ony 38-33 at halftime, but Defiance shot 50 percent thereafter to pull away.

        Steve Bain (Elder) led MSj with 21 points, including 15-of-19 free throw shooting, and nine rebounds. Tom Luther (Moeller) added 15 points.


Hanover 82, Thomas More 52

               Thad McCracken scored a game-high 21 points as Hanover improved 19-4.

        Joe Neuman added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Hanover, which outrebounded Thomas More 41-31.

        Dustin Mulberry (Grant County) scored 11 points to lead the Saints (3-20), and Nick Love (St.Henry) added 10 points.


Cincinnati State 83, Columbus State 76

               Malcolm Manier and Jonathon Miller scored 24 points apiece to lead the Surge.

        P.J. Sanders added 18 points for Cincinnati State.

        The Surge committed only five turnovers but scored 21 points off Columbus State's 19 miscues.


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