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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 1, 2008

Bearcat Weekly for the Week of Dec. 1, 2008

Bearcat Weekly .pdf file

Wednesday, December 3
Women's Basketball Northwest at No. 10 Emporia State Emporia, Kan. 5:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball No. 24 Northwest at Emporia State Emporia, Kan. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 5
Track and Field Northwest at Iowa State Holiday Preview Ames, Iowa 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 6
Football No. 3 Northwest vs. No. 5 North Alabama - Semifinals Bearcat Stadium 3 p.m.
Women's Basketball Northwest at No. 2 Washburn Topeka, Kan. 5:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball No. 24 Northwest at Washburn Topeka, Kan. 7:30 p.m.


No. 3 Football (12-1)

  • Northwest will play in its fourth straight semifinal game Saturday and hosts its third straight when North Alabama travels for a 3 p.m. game at Bearcat Stadium.
  • The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with commentary by Pam Ward and Ray Bentley. It's the seventh appearance on ESPN since 2005.
  • The Bearcats face North Alabama for the second time in program history. Both meetings have been in the national semifinals.
  • Northwest is 5-0 in semifinal appearances and have won the last six playoff games at Bearcat Stadium (since 2004).

No. 24 Men's Basketball (3-1)

  • Northwest begins the MIAA season with the first week of games on the road with Emporia State Dec. 3 and Washburn Dec. 6.
  • A win this week by Head Coach Steve Tappmeyer would be No. 400 in his career. He would be the 28th active head coach in Division II with 400 career victories.
  • The Bearcats lead the MIAA in scoring defense (55.8), field goal percentage (53.6) and turnover margin (+10.50) through the first part of the nonconference season.
  • Northwest has won four straight at Emporia State since 2005, two of which have been decided in double overtime (2006, 2008).

Women's Basketball (4-2)

  • Northwest will start the MIAA season with the only two conference teams listed in the WBCA Top 25, with No. 10 Emporia State Dec. 3 and No. 2 Washburn Dec. 6.
  • The Bearcats are receiving votes as the only other MIAA listed in the WBCA poll.
  • Meghan Brue needs 33 points to become the 22nd Bearcat in program history with 1,000 career points.
  • Amber Vandevender needs 18 points to reach 1,000 career points, although 847 points game in a two-year stint at North Central Missouri College.

Men's Indoor Track and Field

  • The indoor track and field season begins at the Iowa State Holiday Preview Dec. 5. Field events begin at 2 p.m. with running events starting at 4 p.m.
  • Northwest will compete in most events with the exception of distance events, since cross country runners completed their season less than a month ago.
  • Khai Berry, an All-MIAA performer in the 60-meter hurdles last season, will lead the Bearcat returners this weekend. Northwest will be without three All-MIAA returners (Kendall Wright, Sheldon Cook, Ike Urum-Eke) due to football.

Women's Indoor Track and Field

  • Northwest begins the indoor track and field season at the Iowa State Holiday Preview Dec. 5.
  • Anna O'Brien will make her return after redshirting the cross country season. She is expected to compete in only the mile run and will be the only distance runner competing this weekend. O'Brien was an All-MIAA performer last season in the mile and 3,000-meter run.
  • The Bearcats return seven indoor All-MIAA performers from last season: Tierney Eaton (high jump), Lindsay Biermann (triple jump), Hannah Henry (60-meter hurdles, 4x440), Johanna Avilez (60-meter hurdles), Audrey Bailey (400-meter dash, 4x440), Kelly Raffety (600-yard run, 4x440) and O'Brien.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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