Basketball program leaves behind a season of records

The Northern Kentucky University basketball programs have witnessed two of its athletes break all-time school scoring records this season.

Senior forward Michelle Cottrell broke the NKU women’s record back in December. Now the Norse can add senior guard Craig Sanders name to that prestigious list.

Sanders scored 31 points in the Norse opening round 93-87 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament loss to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers Wed., March 27.

He needed just five points in the game to break the record. Brady Jackson, who scored 1,980 points in the late 80s, held the previous NKU scoring record.

Sanders will finish his career with 2,007 points because the Norse basketball season is over.

NKU was the No. 6 seed in the Great Lakes Region before the GLVC Tournament began and only the top six teams in the region advance on to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

The early exit affected the final standings, because the No. 7 seed Lewis and No. 8 Southern Indiana both advanced to the second round of the GLVC Tournament. Lewis ended up upsetting No. 1 seed Kentucky Wesleyan in the GLVC Tournament champioship game.

Sanders, however, ends his four-year basketball career with many records playing for the Norse, including a school-record 47 consecutive games scoring in double figures. He went this whole season (27 games) scoring in double figures.

NKU finishes with an overall record of 19-8 on the year, 15-5 in the GLVC.

The Norse still had a fairly successful season and also saw one of its stars rise to the top of his game. Sanders will definitely go down as one of the greatest players ever to play the game of basketball at NKU.