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March 02, 2002

USI defeats NKU for GLVC Title

#4 University of Southern Indiana (26-4): 89
#6 Northern Kentucky University (23-6): 79

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Senior guard Jasmine Moore (Chicago, Illinois) and sophomore forward Jessica Stuckman (Quincy, Illinois) each scored 22 points as No. 4 –ranked Southern Indiana defeated No. 6 Northern Kentucky, 89-79, in the championship game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at Roberts Stadium.

It was the second straight GLVC Tournament championship and third in the five-year history of the tourney for USI. The tournament title carries an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Southern Indiana (26-5) will hear if has earned the Great Lakes Region’s coveted No. 1 seed when the women’s NCAA Division II field is announced Sunday night at 9 p.m. (CST).

Stuckman hit 7-12 field goals, 8-10 free throws, and grabbed nine rebounds to earn the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. Moore hit 9-17 field goals and collected six assists and three steals in being named to the All Tournament team.

Northern Kentucky controlled the game early, taking a 22-15 lead midway through the half. The Norse stretched the advantage to 10 points (39-29) at the 3:23 mark, when Southern Indiana finally got untracked, forcing five turnovers and hitting four three-pointers during an impressive 19-3 run to take a 48-42 lead at the half.

NKU never led again, but managed to tie USI twice in the second half, the last time at 62 with 13:00 remaining. The Screaming Eagles used a 18-8 run to take control, 84-73, with 1:22 left.

Bridget Flanagan led Northern Kentucky (23-6) with 20 points. Michelle Cottrell (14 points), Suzie Smith (13) and Kristin Polosky (13) all scored in double figures for the Norse.

Cottrell and Smith were also named to the All Tournament team, along with Bellarmine’s Nickie Randall.

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