January 28, 2004
No. 22 Northwest Rolls Past Central, 71-42
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State women's team bounced back from a tough loss last time out to defeat Central Missouri State, 71-42, Wednesday night at Bearcat Arena. With the win, the 'Cats now stand at 15-3, 8-1 in the MIAA.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the early going. With 15 minutes remaining in the half, the score stood at 7-5 in favor of the Jennies. It was the last time Central would lead in the game.
A layup by Sarah Vollertsen (Sr., Palmyra, Neb.) kicked off a 15-4 run over the next 10 minutes that gave Northwest an 11-point advantage. The Bearcats continued using stingy defense and solid shooting, taking a 15-point lead on a three-point field goal by Laura Friederich (Soph., Overland Park, Kan.) with two minutes remaining.
The Bearcat defense held the Jennies to just 16 points in the first 20 minutes, which is the lowest offensive output by a Northwest opponent this season. Central shot just 23 percent in the first half.
Northwest came out hot in the second half, opening up a 17-point lead on a three-point bucket by Erica Hatterman (Sr., Lost Springs, Kan.) just two minutes in.
With 17 minutes left to play, the Jennies began to make a comeback, using a 11-4 run to get within 10 with just under 15 minutes remaining, but the 'Cats answered. A 22-4 run, capped by a Jenna Wolfe (Sr., Clay Center, Kan.) layup extended the Northwest lead to 28 with just under seven minutes left. The Bearcats shot 50 percent in the second half en route to the 71-42 victory.
Hatterman led all scorers with 14 points. She was joined in double-figures by Wolfe and Friederich, who poured in 10 points each. However, the scoring attack was balanced with 12 different players scoring for the 'Cats.
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