Tuesday, March 11, 2003

NKU doubles pleasure in Div. II

Men, women open NCAA play on Friday night

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Both of Northern Kentucky University's basketball teams will begin the NCAA Division II Tournaments on Friday against teams they faced earlier.

The NKU men (25-5) on Monday drew the third seed in the Great Lakes Valley regional and will face sixth-seeded Findlay (22-7) at noon Friday in Houghton, Mich. The Norse beat Findlay 70-62 on Nov. 22 in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic in Regents Hall.

NKU's women (21-7) learned Sunday they are the fifth seed in the Great Lakes Valley regional and will face No. 4 seed Grand Valley State (24-6) at 8 p.m. Friday in Indianapolis. The Lakers beat NKU 63-62 on Nov. 22 in a tournament at Findlay.

NKU's men are on a six-game winning streak, including winning the GLVC Tournament last weekend. They are ranked No. 4 in Division II.

The NKU/Findlay winner will meet either No. 2 seed Kentucky Wesleyan (26-3) or seventh-seeded Gannon (20-9) at 6 p.m. Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for 7  p.m. Monday.

Michigan Tech (28-2), the host school, is the top seed.

• Cincinnati State women: The Lady Surge will try to make it back to the National Junior College Athletic Association Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last six years when they take on Malcolm X College at 7 p.m. today in Chicago.

The NJCAA Division I Sweet 16 will be played in Salina, Kan., beginning March 18.

• Wilmington women: The Lady Quakers, ranked fifth nationally in Division III, will try to advance to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight and extend their winning streak to 23 games when they take on Hope College on Friday in Eau Claire, Wis. Last year in the Sweet 16, Wilmington beat Hope 89-81.

• Xavier senior guard Amy Waugh was named to the Atlantic 10 all-tournament team for the second time. Waugh averaged 23 points and made nine 3-pointers in two games.

VIRGINIA TECH: Ricky Stokes was fired, two days after the Hokies failed to qualify for the Big East Conference tournament for the third straight year. Stokes will be paid the final $158,000 due him over the next year on a biweekly basis.

TENNESSEE: Guard Jon Higgins was ruled ineligible for the postseason for failing to pass at least six hours in the fall. He was the Vols' fourth-leading scorer at 8.9 points.

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