Sunday, February 29, 2004

Creager's 22 points lead NKU women

Area colleges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

OWENSBORO, Ky. - Karyn Creager scored a career-high 22 points Saturday as the Northern Kentucky Norse women defeated Kentucky Wesleyan College 81-64 in the Owensboro Sportscenter.

Creager, a freshman guard who made seven of her eight shots from the field, also added five rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

NKU improved to 17-9 overall, 12-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season finale.

"It was nice to see Karyn score like that and play aggressively on offense," NKU coach Nancy Winstel said. "I told the players there is a certain level of play we need to reach, and hopefully we will get there before the season ends."

NKU shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half and built a 38-25 lead at the break. The Norse also held Kentucky Wesleyan (5-22 overall, 2-18 GLVC) to 32 percent shooting from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

NKU led by as many as 23 points in the second half and defeated Kentucky Wesleyan for the 13th consecutive time.

Kentucky Wesleyan has not beaten NKU since Jan. 31, 1998, when the Panthers pulled out a 74-72 overtime win against the Norse in Owensboro. The Norse are 41-3 all-time against Kentucky Wesleyan.

Connie Myers finished with 11 points for the Norse. Sharell Snardon, Nikki Perkins and Jessica Brock each added 10 points. NKU will be the No. 6 seed in next week's GLVC Tournament at Evansville, Ind., and the Norse will face No. 3 seed University of Indianapolis (20-7 overall, 14-6 GLVC) in the first round Thursday (tipoff TBA) in Roberts Stadium.

NKU and Indianapolis split during the regular season, with each team winning at home.

Louisville 58, UC 48

Despite 23 points from Valerie King in her final home game as a Bearcat, Cincinnati lost.

The Bearcats made just 6-of-27 (.222) field goals in the second half as they dropped to 14-14 on the year and 5-9 in Conference USA.

Cincinnati will enter the C-USA Tournament this week in Fort Worth, Texas, as the ninth seed. UC will face eighth-seeded USF at 2 p.m. Thursday.


Kentucky Wesleyan 87, NKU 66

OWENSBORO, Ky. - Eric Freeman scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Kentucky Wesleyan.

Craig Schoen added 18 points and nine assists as the Panthers (19-7 overall, 14-6 Great Lakes Valley Conference) led the entire game.

"Kentucky Wesleyan is the best team in the GLVC right now, and they are playing tremendous basketball," retiring NKU coach Ken Shields said. "They have a great chance to get back to the Elite Eight if they continue to play like this."

Jesse Rupe rallied NKU by scoring 15 of his 17 points before halftime as the Norse cut the Kentucky Wesleyan lead to 47-38 at the break.

Kevin Reinhardt finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for NKU, which dropped to 16-14 overall, 9-11 in the GLVC.

Mike Kelsey added 12 points for the Norse, who shot 39.4 percent from the field.

Franklyn Ferguson finished with 14 points for Kentucky Wesleyan, which made 54.8 percent of its shots.

NKU finished in seventh place in the GLVC regular-season standings, and the Norse will be the No. 7 seed in the GLVC Tournament next week at Evansville, Ind. NKU will meet No. 2 seed University of Southern Indiana at 9:30 p.m. this Friday night in the first round at Roberts Stadium.

NKU and Southern Indiana (22-5) split during the season.

Thomas More 100, Transylvania 97

LEXINGTON - Sophomore guard Andrae Woodard scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half.

Thomas More, which lost in its home finale on Wednesday, finished 12-13, tying the team for the most wins since 1998. Transy concluded its regular season with a record of 16-9.

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