Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Norse win on putback

The Cincinnati Enquirer

INDIANAPOLIS - Bridget Flanagan's basket with 22 seconds remaining Monday night lifted the Northern Kentucky women to a 64-61 win over Quincy University in the championship game of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament.

NKU, which trailed by 16 points early in the second half, used a 19-2 run to take a 40-39 lead on a 3-pointer by Amy Mobley with 12:25 remaining. Quincy took a 57-52 lead with 3:32 left, but NKU tied the game at 61-61 with a 9-4 run.

After a Quincy turnover with 53 seconds left, Flanagan missed a jumper and Mobley rebounded. Her short putback attempt rimmed out, Flanagan rebounded, then scored the winning basket.

The Norse will play in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in St. Joseph, Mo., March 26.

"I don't know if I've ever seen one of my teams make a

comeback like this one, and what a way to win a

regional championship," NKU head coach Nancy Winstel

said. "Quincy owned the first half and looked ready to

run us out of the gym, but our players stepped up and

showed why they are champions."

Mobley, a gradaue of Harrison High School who finished

with 19 points and five steals, was named the

tournament's most valuable player. Mobley also had

nine rebounds and five assists.

"Amy has played on a national championship team, and

she came up big at the end," Winstel said. "Bridget

Flanagan also made a huge play with the offensive

rebound and layup at the end, and our experience in

the NCAA Tournament helped a great deal at the end."

Kristin Polosky added 13 points for NKU, which trailed

36-21 at halftime. Connie Myers added 11 points and

six rebounds for the Norse, who will travel to St.

Joseph, Mo., on March 26 to play in the NCAA Division

II Elite Eight.

Quincy (25-8)--Farrell 11-24 1-1 26, Unnerstall 3-9 1-2 8, VonderHaar 4-9 4-4 12, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Kelver 4-11 1-2 10, Bakken 0-2 0-0 0, Brandt 0-0 0-0 0, Grapenthin 0-2 0-0 0, Am. Dvorak 2-6 1-2 5, As. Dvorak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 8-11 61.

Northern Kentucky (24-7)--Mobley 6-19 4-6 19, Polosky 4-9 5-6 13, Myers 5-11 1-2 11, Burrows 2-6 0-0 4, Flanagan 4-9 0-0 10, Sterling 0-2 0-0 0, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 3-4 1-3 7. Totals 24-60 11-17 64.

Halftime: Quincy 36-21. 3-point goals: Quincy 5-14 (Farrell 3-7, Unnerstall 1-3, Kelver 1-3, Grapenthin 0-1), Northern Kentucky 5-19 (Mobley 3-8, Polosky 0-3, Flanagan 2-6, Sterling 0-1, Brock 0-1). Rebounds: Quincy 49 (Farrell 10), Northern Kentucky 32 (Mobley 9). Assists: Quincy 8 (Kelver 3), Northern Kentucky 14 (Mobley 5).

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