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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 23, 2009

Bearcat Weekly for the Week of Feb. 23, 2009

Bearcat Weekly .pdf file

Wednesday, February 25
Women's Basketball Northwest vs. Southwest Baptist Bearcat Arena 5:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball Northwest vs. No. 4 Southwest Baptist Bearcat Arena 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 27
Track and Field Northwest at MIAA Championships Warrensburg, Mo. 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis No. 26 Northwest vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Kansas City, Mo. 4 p.m.
Softball Northwest vs. Newman Pittsburg, Kan. 5 p.m.
Softball Northwest vs. Central Missouri Pittsburg, Kan. 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 28
Track and Field Northwest at MIAA Championships Warrensburg, Mo. 10 a.m.
Women's Basketball Northwest at Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. 1 p.m.
Baseball Northwest at Emporia State Emporia, Kan. 1 p.m.
Softball Northwest vs. Missouri-St. Louis Pittsburg, Kan. 1 p.m.
Men's Basketball Northwest at Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. 3 p.m.
Softball Northwest vs. Drury Pittsburg, Kan. 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 1
Softball Northwest vs. Arkansas Tech Pittsburg, Kan. 9 a.m.
Track and Field Northwest at MIAA Championships Warrensburg, Mo. 12 p.m.
Baseball Northwest at Emporia State (7-9) Emporia, Kan. 12 p.m.


Men's Basketball (12-13, 7-11 MIAA)

  • Northwest closes out the regular season with a home game against No. 4 Southwest Baptist Wednesday night before traveling to Missouri Southern Saturday.
  • The Bearcats will honor their lone senior, Hunter Henry, prior to the start of Wednesday's game. Henry is sixth in career points, third in rebounds, sixth in steals, second in blocked shots, fourth in field goals made and fourth in free throws made.
  • The purple Bearcats have won seven straight and regained the top spot in the MIAA standings. Northwest has won 11 of the 12 games against Southwest Baptist when playing in Bearcat Arena.
  • Northwest and Missouri Southern are currently tied for eighth in the MIAA standings. If both teams win or lose Wednesday night, it will set up a play-in game for the MIAA tournament.

Women's Basketball (8-17, 4-14 MIAA)

  • Four Bearcats will play their last game in Bearcat Arena Wednesday night when Northwest hosts Southwest Baptist in a must-win game for Northwest. The Bearcats close out the regular season Saturday at Missouri Southern.
  • A win against the purple Bearcats will keep Northwest's MIAA tournament hopes alive. A loss will mathematically eliminate Northwest because of a sweep by Southwest Baptist.
  • Meghan Brue, Amber Vandevender, Micaela Uriell and Jessica Burton have led the Bearcats to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and a 35-17 record at home in the past four seasons.
  • Burton is averaging 19.7 points and shooting 56.3 percent from the field during the last six games.
  • Brue is five points shy of passing Annie Coy for 12th in career scoring records. She enters Wednesday night with 1,236 points.

Men's Track and Field

  • Northwest returns to Warrensburg, Mo., for the third time this season to compete in the MIAA Championships Feb. 27-March 1.
  • Ben McKim continued to improve his shot put mark with 55-11 3/4 at the Central Missouri Classic Feb. 20. McKim also improved his personal record in the weight throw with 52-10 1/4.
  • Tyler Shaw won the 60-meter hurdles for the second straight meet with 8.29 at UCM last weekend and John Miles won the 60-meter dash and matched his career-best with 6.83.
  • Martin Curley won the triple jump last weekend with a career-best 45-11 1/4. He also jumped a career-best in the long jump with 22-2 1/2 to finish fourth overall.

Women's Track and Field

  • The Bearcats go back to the UCM Multipurpose Building for the MIAA Indoor Championships Feb. 27-March 1.
  • The 4x440-yard relay team of Hannah Henry, Bridget Kleine, Alissa Miller and Audrey Bailey won the event at the UCM Classic Feb. 20. The time of 4:00.95 is the second-fastest time among MIAA teams heading into the conference meet.
  • Bailey ran a career-best 53.53 in the 400-meter dash last weekend and finished fourth overall. Henry also finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with 9.11.
  • Emily Churchman finished second in the long jump with 17-6 and fifth in the high jump with 4-11 1/2. She has the MIAA's fourth-best mark in the pentathlon with 3,372 points, which makes it's conference championships debut Friday afternoon.

Baseball (4-4, 0-0 MIAA)

  • Northwest begins MIAA play Friday and Saturday against the defending MIAA regular season champion Emporia State.
  • It's the earliest start to the conference schedule in program history.
  • Matt Stice and Chris Benham each opened the season with a six-game hitting streak before facing No. 4 Southern Arkansas Feb. 20.
  • Bret Harvel has struck out 11 batters in three appearances and is one win away from tying for eighth in career records (currently tied for 11th in 10 career victories).

Softball (3-7, 0-0 MIAA)

  • The Bearcats travel to the Missouri Southern/Pittsburg State Crossover Invitational Feb. 27-March 1. It's their third straight crossover weekend with South Central region teams.
  • Erin Leslie's eight-game hitting streak ended in the final game of the South Central Shootout last weekend. Leslie is hitting .359 through the first 10 games of the season and leads the Bearcats with 11 runs.
  • Sarah Saladino hit her first collegiate home runs in a 7-3 victory against Central Oklahoma Feb. 21. Saladino hit .381 and recorded six RBIs in Durant, Okla., last weekend.

No. 26 Men's Tennis (0-0, 0-0 MIAA)

  • Northwest begins the 2009 spring season with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Feb. 27 at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo.
  • The Cougars are currently reclassifying to the NCAA Division I level.
  • Daniel Usieto and Vigit Seghal will be the top returners after the duo advanced to the semifinals of the ITA regional doubles championship. The pair is ranked No. 26 in national doubles rankings and fourth in the South Central Region.
  • The Bearcats are ranked No. 26 in the ITA preseason poll released Oct. 31 and fifth in the region.

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