Saturday, December 21, 2002

BG's Austin heads home on roll for Bearcat Invitational


College basketball roundup

The Cincinnati Enquirer

This weekend will mark a homecoming for the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week when the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team plays host to the Bearcat Invitational today and Sunday.

The Bearcats' first-round opponent is Bowling Green, featuring Sycamore grad Lindsay Austin. The junior point guard averaged 16 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in leading the Falcons (4-3) to a pair of wins last week. She is playing her best during a critical part of the team's season.

"Our MAC schedule is right around the corner and we want to be playing our best basketball when we enter MAC play," Bowling Green coach Curt Miller said. "So right now we're really looking forward to that challenge of playing a Top 25-caliber team like Cincinnati (5-2).

"We don't see anyone as talented as them in the MAC, so I want to see if we'll compete and not back down. Lindsay's a big part of that. She's our catalyst."

Catalyst or not, Austin can't perform from the bench, which is where she spent the first three games of the season because of a sprained ankle. The Falcons went 1-2 with Austin out of the lineup, but she says it wasn't all bad.

"I got to kind of see the game in a different perspective to start the season," said Austin, a point guard. "I'm still probably like 80 or 90 percent, but I think (the injury) motivated me to come out stronger."

Austin and the Falcons take on UC at 4 p.m. today. The final is at 4 p.m. Sunday. Louisiana-Lafayette and Savannah State are the other teams in the tournament.

--Ryan Ernst

NKU 99, Concordia 39

The Norse dominated the second half, outscoring the Clippers 51-16 and making 55 percent of their field goal attempts (18-of-33).

NKU is ranked No. 18 in the NCAA Division II poll.

Connie Meyers scored 20 points, Amy Mobley had 17 and Sharell Snardon had 16 for NKU (5-2). Mobley and Snardon each had 12 rebounds for the Norse, who finished with a 55-27 advantage on the boards.

Monique Mighty and Katie Reynolds each had 10 points for Concordia (1-7).

Concordia (39)--Karagiorgios 2-10 1-1 5, Mighty 5-8 0-1 10, Reynolds 3-11 3-4 10, Rose 1-7 1-2 3, Daley 3-9 0-2 8, Rainbolt 1-8 0-0 3, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0, Kettler 0-1 0-0 0, Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-55 5-10 39.

Northern Kentucky (99)--Myers 8-14 4-6 20, Mobley 4-7 8-10 17, Polosky 5-9 2-3 15, Burrows 3-6 0-0 6, Flanagan 5-12 0-0 11, Marx 2-2 1-2 5, Sterling 2-3 0-0 4, Snardon 5-10 6-9 16, Brock 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 36-69 21-30 99.

Halftime: Northern Kentucky 48-23. 3-point goals: Concordia 4-13 (Reynolds 1-5, Daley 2-6, Rainbolt 1-2), Northern Kentucky 6-15 (Mobley 1-1, Polosky 3-5, Burrows 0-1, Flanagan 1-4, Sterling 0-1, Brock 1-3). Rebounds: Concordia 27 (Mighty 9), Northern Kentucky 55 (Mobley, Snardon 12). Assists: Concordia 3 (Reynolds 2), Northern Kentucky 20 (Burrows 5). Records: C 1-7, N 5-2.

Wittenberg 76,

Thomas More 70

Kate Rolf scored 29 points to lead the Tigers, who overcame an eight-point halftime deficit and snapped the Saints' six-game home winning streak. The loss is just the fourth for TMC in its last 23 home games.

Thomas More (6-3), which led by as many as 14 points in the second half, was outscored 46-32 in the period. The Saints made just 36 percent of their shots after halftime (12-of-33), while allowing the Tigers (5-3) to score on 50 percent (17-of-34).

Holly Roberts scored 23 points and Jodi Schroeder added 19 for TMC. Schroeder also had a game-high eight rebounds.

Wittenberg (76)--Warden 3-7 2-3 9, Meers 1-3 0-0 2, Fischer 1-6 1-2 3, Campbell 2-9 3-4 7, Rolf 8-13 5-5 25, Keller 2-7 1-2 5, Bishop 8-10 1-1 17, Schmid 1-3 0-0 2, Bruggeman 3-6 0-0 6, Kitchen 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Muir 0-0 0-0 0, Dindo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-64 13-17 76.

Thomas More (70)--Clift 2-5 0-0 4, Baumann 0-0 0-0 0, Schroeder 7-14 1-2 19, Bess 3-5 2-3 8, Roberts 7-15 5-6 23, Will 0-6 1-4 1, Stein 2-3 0-0 5, Noll 0-0 0-0 0, Byars 0-4 0-0 0, Simmons 0-0 0-0 0, Hoffman 0-2 0-0 0, Matracia 5-8 0-0 10. Totals 26-62 9-15 70.

Halftime: Thomas More 38-30. 3-point goals: Wittenberg 5-18 (Warden 1-2, Fischer 0-4, Campbell 0-2, Rolf 4-8, Schmid 0-2), Thomas More 9-23 (Clift 0-2, Schroeder 4-5, Bess 0-1, Roberts 4-8, Will 0-4, Stein 1-2, Hoffman 0-1. Rebounds: Wittenberg 42 (Rolf 7), Thomas More 33 (Schroeder 8). Assists: Wittenberg 17 (Bishop 5), Thomas More 15 (Bess 5). Records: W 5-3, T 6-3.

MISSOURI: Coach Quin Snyder agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2008. The school said the deal is worth slightly more than $1 million a year the next five years.




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