January 31, 2004
No. 22 Northwest Holds Off SBU, 72-70
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- A layup by Jane Chalmers (Sr., Echuca, Australia) with 0.4 second left in the game gave the Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team a 72-70 victory of Southwest Baptist Saturday afternoon.
The two teams traded buckets through much of the early going, with neither team leading by more than four points during the first five minutes. With Southwest Baptist leading 8-7, Ashely Poptanycz (Jr., Westboro, Mo.) sunk a jumper that sparked a 10-2 run that gave Northwest a nine-point advantage with 13 minutes left in the half.
SBU attempted to chip away at the Bearcat lead, but a stiff Northwest defense held Southwest Baptist at bay. SBU cut the margin to four midway through the first half on back-to-back free throws by Jenny Hancock. The two teams remained close the rest of the first half, and the 'Cats took a 42-34 lead into halftime.
Following a Sarah Vollertsen (Sr., Palmyra, Neb.) layup to open the second half, SBU began its comeback. Southwest Baptist held Northwest scoreless for nearly five and half minutes to cut the lead to three points with 14:10 left.
A short burst by Northwest pushed the lead back to nine, but Southwest Baptist was determined to get back into the game. An 8-1 SBU run tied the game at 57-57 with just over six minutes to play. The two teams traded baskets with the lead changing hands several times.
With the score tied at 68-68 with about a minute left to play, Southwest Baptist pulled down the rebound off a Laura Friederich (Soph., Overland Park, Kan.) three-point attempts, only to have the pass picked off by Chalmers, who laid it in to give the 'Cats a two-point lead.
Following timeouts by each team, SBU's Amber Wheeler dribbled down the floor and drained a jumper to once again tie the game with around five seconds left in the game. Chalmers grabbed the inbounds pass and ran the full length of the floor, laying the ball in just inside the free-throw line with 0.4 seconds showing on the clock to give Northwest the narrow victory.
Four Bearcats scored in double-figures, led by Friederich with 17 points, including four three-point field goals. Chalmers chipped in with 15, while Vollertsen and Poptanycz added 11 and 10 each.
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