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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 19, 2005

Northwest Women Snap Five-game Losing Streak with 73-64 Win Over Truman

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State snapped its five-game losing streak tonight with a 73-64 win over Truman State. Ashely Poptanycz pushed the Bearcats to their victory with her fifth double-double on the season, pulling down 13 boards and scoring 14 points. The 'Cats went to 9-9 overall and 2-5 in MIAA competition. Truman fell to 7-8 overall and remains winless out of six conference games.

The first half started off slow for the 'Cats with 4:40 running off the clock before their first basket. Northwest went on a 16-9 run from there to gain the lead at 16-15. The Bulldogs did not give up easily and gained the lead back five times before the end of the first 20 minutes. A three-pointer by Megan Hamilton, with four seconds, left gave the Bearcats the 35-34 advantage to end the half.

Hamilton salvaged the 'Cats' trey percentage with all three of the team's 12 tries from behind the arc. Northwest was 12 of 37 from the field (32.4 percent) and eight of 15 from the charity stripe (53.3 percent) before halftime. Truman was 13 of 33 from field-goal range (39.4 percent), 31.3 percent from three-point land and three for five from behind the line.

The Bearcats out-rebounded the Bulldogs 26-23 and forced 11 Truman turnovers, swiping seven steals before the second half.

Ali Long scored the first basket of the second half giving Truman their last lead of the game. The 'Cats went on a 16-5 run in the first eight minutes of the second stanza and kept the Bulldogs at bay, by at least six points, for the rest of the game. Seven free throws added up to Northwest's last seven points and gave the 'Cats the 73-64 win over Truman.

Turnovers plagued the Bulldogs for the entire game, adding up 22 to Northwest's 15 turnovers. The Bearcats improved their shooting in all three areas after the break, making 24 of 74 (32.4 percent) around the floor, nine of 27 (33.3 percent) from behind the arc and 16-25 (64.0 percent) of their free throws. Four of the 'Cats' nine treys were by Hamilton as she racked up career high 19 points and nine rebounds on the night.

Truman made 34.4 percent (22-64) from the field, 27.6 percent (8-29) of its three-pointers and 75 percent (12-16) from behind the line. The Bulldogs pulled down 45 rebounds in the game as the 'Cats hit the boards with 52 rebounds. Non-starting players accounted for 39 of Northwest's points and 20 of Truman's.

Northwest will end its three-game home stint this weekend with a game against No. 4 Emporia St. on Sat., Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Bearcat Arena.

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

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