Sunday, February 15, 2004

Brock powers NKU women

Area colleges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Jessica Brock scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds Saturday as Northern Kentucky University defeated Lewis University 65-58 in Regents Hall.

Brock, a senior forward playing in her final game in Regents Hall, also connected on four 3-point field goals as NKU improved to 15-7 overall, 10-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

She was 5-for-8 from the field and made all six of her free throws.

The Norse limited Lewis to just 33.3 percent from the field and avenged an earlier loss to the Flyers at Romeoville, Ill. NKU also used 21-of-23 shooting from the free throw line to hold off Lewis.

NKU led by as many as 17 points in the first half and took a 34-18 advantage at the break.

Lewis used an 8-0 run to start the second half and closed within 34-26 when Bryanne Callahan hit a 3-pointer.

Callahan's basket with 9:05 remaining cut NKU's lead to 42-36, but Karmen Graham and Brock each hit 3-pointers to extend the Norse's advantage to 48-39.

Brittany Diener's layup with 2:23 left on the clock brought Lewis within six points at 58-52, but Brock sealed the victory for NKU by draining a 3-pointer at the 1:38 mark that gave the Norse a 61-52 advantage.

Karmen Graham added 11 points and nine rebounds for NKU, which won the rebounding battle 50-26.

Sharell Snardon finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Norse, who lead the all-time series 34-4.

Franklin 70, MSJ 59

Katie Swart scored 21 points, and Nekeala Richardson added 13, but it wasn't enough for the Lions, who fell to Franklin.

Mount Saint Joseph dropped to 10-12, 6-6 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Franklin improved to 19-4, 10-2 in the HCAC.

Cincinnati State 84, Lakeland 63

The Lady Surge, led by Janic Bright's 26 points, beat Lakeland Community College to improve to 12-0 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and 24-4 overall. Lakeland falls to 19-5.

Thomas More 64, Palm Beach Atlantic 47

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Junior forward Carrie Clift scored a game-high 22 points to lead Thomas More to its 19th victory of the season.

The Saints (19-5) surpassed the previous mark of 18 wins set by the 1996-97 and 2001-02 teams.

By winning today's regular-season finale against SCAD, Thomas More can equal the school record for total victories in a season, set by the 1996-97 team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Saints held a two-point lead at halftime, despite shooting just 30 percent.

With the score tied 29-29 early in the second half, TMC junior guard Allison Byars hit a 3-with 18:17 left, and the Saints would never trail again.

MAC SHOWDOWN: The eyes of the Mid-American Conference will be on Oxford today as West leader Western Michigan (14-8; 9-2 MAC) visits Miami (15-6; 9-1 MAC) in a 4 p.m. game (Fox Sports Ohio).

Men's basketball

Cincinnati State 83, Lakeland 64

Freshman guard Roy Malone scored 19 points - including five 3-pointers - and had a team-high seven rebounds for the Surge, which improved to 21-7 and 9-3 in the OCCAC.

Winton Woods graduate Marcus Carroll, a sophomore guard, also scored 19 points.

Franklin 63, MSJ 61

The Lions couldn't stop Darrius Jackson, who scored 28 points, and fell to Franklin.

Mount St. Joseph falls to 9-14, 3-9 in the HCAC. Franklin is 14-9, 6-6 in the HCAC.

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