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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 5, 2005

Missouri Western Drops Northwest 92-73

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Missouri Western jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead at the 15:59 mark and never looked back cruising to a 92-73 win over Northwest Missouri State in women's basketball tonight at Bearcat Arena. The Bearcats, who were playing in their MIAA home opener, cut the deficit to seven at 56-63 on a Ashely Poptancyz three-pointer with 12:51 left, but Missouri Western closed out the contest with a 29-17 run to improve to 3-0 in the MIAA.

With the loss, Northwest drops to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the league while the Griffons jump to 10-2 overall.

Both teams shot the ball well in the first 20 minutes with the Griffons holding a 54 to 47 percent edge. The big difference was Northwest was unable to convert on four free throw attempts and Mo. Western had 22 rebounds to Northwest's 18.

The score stood 49-37 in favor of the Griffons at the half.

The guests increased that lead to 58-43 after a three-pointer from Tera Petersen before Northwest got back into it. Four different Bearcats scored during a 13-5 spurt that brought Northwest to its smallest deficit. But, seven straight missed shots and four turnovers during a six-and-a-half minute stretch led to the Bearcat demise.

Northwest was led in the scoring column with Laura Friederich's 19 points. She added five assists, five steals and four rebounds. Katie O'Grady and Kelli Nelson each totaled 11. Poptancyz finished with nine points and seven rebounds to keep her second-best MIAA rebounding average (9.1).

Selma Barbosa led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds on 11-of-15 shooting - she missed her first three attempts of the game. Petersen added 17 points and eight boards while Eldra Paixao posted 12 points, four steals and three assists.

For the game, the Griffons shot 54 percent while Northwest went 40 percent and just 32 percent during the second half. The guests held a 44-35 rebounding edge. There were a combined 46 turnovers.

Northwest hits the road for a visit at Missouri Southern on Saturday, Jan. 8. Tip-off against the Lions is set for 1:00 p.m.

NOTES: The first 12 games saw Northwest have fewer turnovers than its opposition - the Bearcats have done the opposite in the last two... Laura Friederich has been the top scorer in seven games this season - tonight was the first in seven games...The 10 wins for Missouri Western have all been over 10 points after the +19 advantage tonight...Coming into the game, the Griffons were a league-best 47.4 percent from the floor...The -9 rebound (35-44) margin ties for the second worst on the year for Northwest...The third best team in the MIAA in steals, Northwest swiped 13 tonight - the 11th occassion it has been over 10...After a seven-game winning streak, the 'Cats have lost three of their last four.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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