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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Nov. 22, 2010

This Week in Bearcat Athletics


Football travels to Texas looking to avenge its only loss of the season, men's basketball plays a pair of non-conference games and the women host a game this weekend, this week in Bearcat Athletics.

The Northwest Missouri State football team will travel to Kingsville, Texas, to face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the second round of the NCAA playoffs at 1 p.m. The Bearcats are looking to avenge its lone loss of the season, which came against the Javelinas. Northwest was defeated in the season opener by Kingsville 16-7 in Maryville on Sept. 2.

Northwest (10-1) is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win over Missouri Western on Saturday in the first round. The Bearcats trailed 17-0 at the half before rallying in the second to win 28-24. The win is the 30th-career playoff victory for Bearcat head coach Mel Tjeerdsma, the most in Division II history. Josh Baker had eight catches for 74 yards and a score on Saturday for Northwest. Baker also returned a fake punt 46 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter to get Northwest on the scoreboard.

Bearcat men's basketball has a pair of games this week. Northwest will host NAIA opponent Baker (3-4) on Tuesday night in Maryville at 7 p.m. Northwest will then travel to Marshall, Minn., on Saturday to face Southwest Minnesota State (2-1) in a game set to tip at 3 p.m. Southwest Minnesota beat the Bearcats in the season opener for both teams on Nov. 14 in Maryville, 72-67.

Northwest (1-1) is coming off a dominant, 74-41 win over Graceland last Thursday. Shaneel Narayan led four Bearcat starters in double figures with 17 points in the win. Elijah Allen had 10 points, six rebounds, four blocks, three steals and dished out a pair of assists in the win.

The women's basketball team (3-0) will host Peru State (4-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Bearcat Arena in its only game this week. Northwest is coming off three victories last week to open its season.

The Bearcats collected wins over Nebraska-Kearney and two more in the Winstead-Reeves Classic hosted by Northwest over the weekend. Gabby Curtis was named the Most Valuable Player of the classic for the second straight year.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, November 23
Men's Basketball Baker Maryville, Mo. 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 27
Football Texas A&M-Kingsville Kingsville, Texas 1 p.m.
Men's Basketball SW Minnesota State Marshall, Minn. 3 p.m.
Women's Basketball Peru State Maryville, Mo. 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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