January 24, 2004
'Cats Fall to No. 4 Emporia State, 72-58
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team suffered its first loss in MIAA play, falling to No. 4 Emporia State, 72-58, Wednesday night in Bearcat Arena.
The 'Cats (14-3, 7-1) got out to a quick start, taking an early 10-5 lead on a three-point field goal by Erica Hatterman (Sr., Lost Springs, Kan.). Northwest's largest lead of the game came with 13:15 remaining in the first half, when a layup by Sarah Vollertsen (Sr., Palmyra, Neb.) put the 'Cats up by nine.
The Lady Hornets answered with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 16-16, and they were not finished. An 11-4 run followed and opened up an 11-point Emporia lead with just over five minutes left in the half.
Emporia State also showed off a solid defense that held Northwest to 27 percent shooting in the first half. The 'Cats only manged 22 points in the first half, which was the team's lowest score at halftime this season.
Emporia State continued to build its lead during the early minutes of the second half. Less than four minutes into the second half, the Lady Hornets had opened up a 16-point advantage. However, the Bearcats refused to go quietly.
A jumper by Ashely Poptanycz (Jr., Westboro, Mo.) ignited a 8-0 that brought the 'Cats within eight with just over 13 minutes remaining. However, the Lady Hornets' defense continued to stifle the Bearcats, and Emporia extended the lead back to 15 with just under nine minutes left.
Emporia's largest lead came with just over three minutes remaining in the game. A layup by the Lady Hornets put Emporia ahead by an even 20. Emporia State held the Bearcats to 27 percent shooting for the game, en route to the 72-58 victory.
Poptanycz notched her fifth double-double of the season, tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds. Vollertsen added 13 points, and Brooke Hogue (Sr., Albany, Mo.) had eight points, including two three-point field goals.
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