Jan. 10, 2013
Bearcats look to get back on track vs Griffons
Tipoff: Saturday 1:30 p.m.
Stadium: MWSU Fieldhouse
Radio: Bearcat Radio Network
Matt Gaarder (play-by-play);
Heard on on seven stations that covers four states in the Midwest, and on the Internet from the flagship station KXCV.
(WBCA/USA Today Top 25)
Missouri Western: NR
Series: Missouri Western holds a 31-26 advantage in the all-time series and are 19-7 at home against the Bearcats. Last year both teams split the season series with the home team winning each game.
Northwest: Mark Kellogg (Austin College '98) 175-46 (8th season overall) (1st season at Northwest)
Missouri Western: Rob Edmisson (Bethany (Kan.)) 212-13 overall (1st season at Missouri Western)
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By David Boyce
During the football season, Northwest Missouri State freshman Tember Schechinger got a taste of the rivalry with Missouri Western.
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Schechinger will experience the full flavor of a rivalry that is heated regardless of the sport or records of either team.
The Northwest women’s basketball team, 8-4 overall and 2-2, will try to snap a two-game losing streak against the Griffons, who are 10-3 and 3-2
“I’m kind of nervous to see what it is like,” Schechinger said. “I’m also kind of excited. I get my first experience at all these schools.”
When you are a freshman, everything is new. Growing pains are expected.
Schechinger, a 5-10 guard, has made the transition from IKM Manning High School in Manilla, Iowa nicely. She has started in all 12 games. She ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 9.8 points per game and second in rebounds at 4.6.
“She will defend the best players on the other team,” Northwest coach Mark Kellogg said. “She can shoot the three. She can post up a little bit. We ask a lot of her for a freshman.
“She has her peaks and valleys. She can be great one game and not play as well the next game and you wonder what happened to you. We are trying to get her to peak a little higher and stay there game in and game out.”
Hustle is one thing Kellogg knows he will consistently get from Schechinger every day. She wears two knee pads and doesn’t hesitate to dive on the floor for loose balls.
“She is a great kid who comes from a great family,” Kellogg said. “She works hard, a farm-type kid and has those values. We like that in a kid.”
Those characteristics help build a consistent winner. Schechinger is accustomed to winning. In high school, her team went 19-5 her junior season and 24-3 her senior year.
Northwest, which was picked 14th in the 15-team MIAA, has already topped last year’s victory total. The Bearcats definitely don’t want to finish next to last in conference.
But Northwest is a young team with a new coach so there will be some struggles. Schechinger can handle that.
“It is important to everyone to be on a team that is winning,” Schechinger said. “As long as you are learning from your losses and if your team is still a team after a loss you should be able to handle a loss. Being a team and having a good coach, we are doing a lot better than people expected.”
The Bearcats are treating this week as a time to learn from what went wrong last week when they lost at Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State.
They got a bye on Wednesday, which meant they have six days off before their next game.
You can look at the time off in two ways, Kellogg said. On the one hand, you would like to get back out there and play a game and work out some of the things you did in a loss.
“The flip side, after a loss, you got a lot of things to work on and that’s what it has allowed us to do,” Kellogg said. “Rest is always a good thing.”
The biggest thing the Bearcats are working on this week is communication on offense and defense.
“We are having little breakdowns,” Kellogg said. “It might be one person. We are not good enough to have even one person breakdown. We have to get it ingrained in their heads and it is not ingrained yet.”
Schechinger added that on defense the team has to jump to the ball better.
“We are working on little things in practice and hopefully we get better from that,” Schechinger said. “I’m happy we have a week of practice to get ready for our next game and think about what we did wrong. This week was really nice.
“We want to learn from everything we do. We want to show everybody we can be better than we were last year.”
Through the ups and downs, Schechinger is enjoying the ride in her first season of college basketball.
Her future looks brighter than what she has shown so far and so far she has been more than a solid contributor for the Bearcats.
“She has done a lot of good things for us,” Kellogg said. “She is a good player and we think she can be a great player for us.”
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