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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 3, 2008

Bearcat Weekly for the Week of Nov. 3, 2008

Bearcat Weekly .pdf file

Monday, November 3
Men's Basketball No. 16 Northwest hosts Livin' The Dream (Exhibition) Bearcat Arena 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5
Volleyball Northwest hosts Nebraska-Omaha Bearcat Arena 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 6
Soccer Northwest hosts No. 5 Central Missouri Bearcat Pitch 2 p.m.
Friday, November 7
Volleyball Northwest at No. 14 Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 8
Cross Country Northwest at NCAA South Central Regionals San Antonio, Texas 9:30 a.m.
Soccer Northwest hosts Southwest Baptist Bearcat Pitch 2 p.m.
Football No. 3 Northwest at Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. 2 p.m.
Women's Basketball Northwest at Illinois State (Exhibition) Normal, Ill 4:05 p.m.

No. 3 Football (9-1 / 8-0 MIAA)

  • Northwest wraps up the regular season with a chance to win its third consecutive outright MIAA title at Missouri Southern Nov. 8. Kickoff from Hughes Stadium is 2 p.m.
  • The Bearcats have won 13 straight games against the Lions and leads the overall series 15-4.
  • Northwest leads the MIAA in scoring offense, scoring defense, pass offense, pass defense efficiency, rushing defense, total offense, total defense, punt return average, first downs, sacks and third-down conversions.
  • With a 56-7 win against Emporia State, Mel Tjeerdsma guaranteed at least a share of his 10th MIAA title. It's the most among any MIAA coach in league history.
  • Bearcats who are atop the MIAA individual statistics are LaRon Council (13.8 points per game) and Sean Paddock (0.40 recovered fumbles per game).

Volleyball (9-20 / 6-10 MIAA)

  • Northwest ends a three-match homestand with Nebraska-Omaha Nov. 5 before heading to No. 14 Central Missouri Nov. 7. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
  • Paige Spangenberg moved into third in season digs (581) and ninth in career digs (1,174) in four matches last week. Her 37 digs against Southwest Baptist is the second-best mark in the MIAA, behind her own program-record 46 digs at Fort Hays State Oct. 24.
  • The Bearcats won a 3-1 match in the last meeting with Nebraska-Omaha at home Sept. 19, 2007.

Soccer (8-8-2 / 4-8-2 MIAA)

  • The Bearcats close out the regular season in a pair of home games with No. 5 Central Missouri and Southwest Baptist. Both games begin at 2 p.m.
  • Andrea Tritz tied the season goals record with her eighth goal against Missouri Southern Nov. 1.
  • Five players will be playing in their final home games Nov. 8. This senior class has won 23 games in the past four years, the most among any senior class in program history.
  • In the first match of the season with both teams, Northwest lost to both teams by 1-0 scores.

Men's Cross Country

  • Northwest heads to San Antonio for the NCAA South Central Regional meet, hosted by Incarnate Word. The ten-kilometer race begins at 9:30 a.m. at Live Oak City Park.
  • Trevor Johannsen led the Bearcats for the first time this season and finished ninth at the MIAA Championships Oct. 25 to earn All-MIAA honors.
  • Zach Layton earned MIAA Freshman of the Year honors as the first freshman to finish. He placed 10th to earn All-MIAA honors.
  • It will be the first trip to San Antonio in program history. The last time the Bearcats were in Texas was for the 2005 regional meet hosted by Abilene Christian.

Women's Cross Country

  • The Bearcats travel to San Antonio for the NCAA South Central Regional meet at Live Oak City Park. The six-kilometer race begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Jessica Nichols ran a season-best 24:27.71 in the six-kilometer race to lead Northwest at the MIAA Championships Oct. 25. The top five Bearcat runners finished within a minute of each other.
  • It's the first trip to San Antonio in program history and the first to the state of Texas since the 2005 regionals at Abilene, Texas.

No. 16 Men's Basketball (0-0 / 0-0 MIAA)

  • Northwest hosts an exhibition game with Livin' The Dream Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
  • The Bearcats were picked No. 16 in the NABC Preseason Poll, released Oct. 30. Northwest was picked to finish fifth in the MIAA Preseason Coaches' Poll.
  • Hunter Henry and Mike Larsen are the two returning starters from last season's 24-8 squad that won the MIAA tournament title.

Women's Basketball (0-0 / 0-0 MIAA)

  • The Bearcats travel to Illinois State for an exhibition contest Nov. 8 at 4:05 p.m. It's the third straight exhibition contest between the two teams.
  • The Redbirds were chosen as the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • Meghan Brue returns as the only starter from last season's MIAA tournament championship team. She averaged 11.0 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2007-08.

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