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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 8, 2005

Northwest Falls to Missouri Southern, 77-72

JOPLIN, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State gained the first possession and scored first against Missouri Southern today at the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center but could not keep the momentum for all forty minutes. The Bearcats stayed strong until Southern pushed through in the final minute to claim the 77-72 win. The Lions improved to 10-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play and Northwest fell to 8-7 overall and 1-3 in the MIAA.

A fast break lay-up by Laura Friederich with 3:42 left in the first half gave Northwest their largest lead of the first 20 minutes at 34-24. Meghan Blay made a jumper at the end of the first half to bring the Bearcats up 41-34. This marks the third time this season the 'Cats have fallen behind after being ahead at halftime.

Both teams kept the fouls to a minimum in the first half with five Northwest fouls and only three Missouri Southern breaches. Northwest shot 52.9 percent (18-34) from the field in the first half but only 18.2 percent from behind the arc (2-11). Both three-pointers were by Kelli Nelson who was tied with Blay in scoring with 10 points at the half. Southern hit 13-28 of all field goals (46.4 percent) and 4-11 from three-point land. The Lions turned the ball over 12 times while the Bearcats had only six turnovers.

Northwest kept the lead through the second half until Vonny Wilson made two free throws to give the Lions a 68-67 lead with 2:19 left in the game. Andrea Gossard hit a trey with 1:02 left to give the Lions a 73-72 advantage. The 'Cats did not recover and Missouri Southern won the game 77-72.

Blay led the Bearcats in scoring (15 points) and steals (three). The 'Cats had five players in double-digits. Behind Blay was Ashely Poptanycz with 13 points, Friederich sinking five baskets and two free throws for 12 points and Mandi Schummacher with 11 points and team high seven rebounds.

Northwest hit 45.2 percent of their shots (28-62) and 76.5 percent from the line (13-17) for the game. The Bearcats were out-rebounded 36 to 28 but forced 21 Lion turnovers to 15 of their own.

Missouri SOuthern shot 28-56 from the field (50 percent), 8 for 18 from behind the arc (44.4 percent) and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. Aubrie Hallman tied her season high with 24 points. Vonny Wilson recorded yet another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Northwest will travel to play No. 1 Washburn on Wed., Jan. 12 for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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