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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 12, 2005

No. 3 Washburn Soars Past Northwest, 99-49

TOPEKA, Kan . - Northwest Missouri State women's basketball fell to No. 3 Washburn tonight in MIAA action 99-49. Washburn shot 61.5 percent and totaled school record 33 assists.

Northwest dropped to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in the MIAA. Washburn improved to 14-1 overall, 4-1 in league play and 32-7 (all-time) versus Northwest.

After Washburn began the game with a 9-1 lead, Northwest went on a 10-3 run in the first five minutes and crept to within a point of the Lady Blues at 12-11 and again at 14-13 with a jumper by Friederich. However, a 33-10 run by the Lady Blues ended the half and gave them a 47-23 edge.

The first half saw scoring by Washburn and missed shots by Northwest. The Lady Blues made 60.6 percent (20-33) of their total shots while the Bearcats shot only 25.8 percent (8-31) from the field. Northwest forced eight turnovers and only turned the ball over seven times. The 'Cats were out-rebounded 26 to 14 and assisted only three goals to Washburn's 16.

Brooke Ubelaker racked up 15 points and five rebounds with teammate Stacey Becker sinking four of four three-pointers in the first stanza. Ashely Poptanycz scored seven points to benefit the Bearcats' scoring.

Washburn ruled the second half with four players in double digits and Ubelaker alone scoring 28 points, a career high. Becker doubled her first-half success with three more treys and a jumper which brought her total to 20 points. Laura Friederich posted her second double-double on the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds leading the team in scoring for the eighth time this season.

Overall, the 'Cats shot 26.9 percent (18-67) from the field and pulled down 31 boards. Washburn brought down 47 rebounds. Both teams turned the ball over 16 times and had less than 13 fouls each with Washburn having 12 and Northwest having 11.

The Bearcats will return home for a 1:30 p.m. contest versus Pittsburg State on Sat., Jan. 15.

Notes
Washburn's 99 points was the most allowed by Northwest since the 100-90 OT loss to Missouri-Rolla in the 1999-2000 season.
Northwest's 49 points was the fewest scored since the season opening loss to North Dakota, 48-89

For more information, please contact:

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

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