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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 20, 2005

No. 4 Emporia State Prevents Upset, 63-59 OT

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- No. 4 Emporia State prevented their own upset tonight by making six of the last eight points versus Northwest Missouri State, in overtime, to win the game with a score of 63-59. The Bearcats struggled with turnovers the first half, adding up 16, but kept the momentum to stay with the Lady Hornets until the last minute of overtime.

Emporia improved its record to 15-2 overall and 6-2 in the MIAA as Nortwhest dropped to 9-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

The Lady Hornets took a 4-0 jump right out of the gate but the Bearcats caught up and took the lead for the first time with a three by Kelli Nelson to bring the score to 12-10 at the 13:02 mark. The lead changed three more times in the following four minutes before Emporia went on a 16-7 run to take the first half, 34-25.

Contrary to the score after the first 20 minutes, the 'Cats had better shooting everywhere on the floor. They were 9-22 from the field (40.9 percent), 2-4 from behind the arc (50 percent) and 5-6 from the free throw line (83.3 percent). Emporia shot 13 of 33 from the field (39.4 percent), 4-10 from three-point land (40 percent) and four of eight free throws.

The Bearcats were out-rebounded 20 to 13 and had three more turnovers than the Lady Hornets (16-13). Katie O'Grady led Northwest at the half with nine points.

The second half was dominated by Emporia on the scoreboard but the 'Cats inched their way back to within one point at 46-47 with 5:57 left. A jumper by Emporia's Michelle Brown was answered by Nortwhest's Kalena Kenney and Chelsea Ernzen at the free throw line to push the game into overtime, 49-49.

The Bearcats took their only lead after the first half when Kalena Kenney made the first shot in overtime. Emporia gained it right back with a three by Nicole Patry and kept it the rest of the game, finishing with a 63-59 advantage.

The 'Cats had fewer turnovers the second half but still racked up nine more to give them 25 for the game, the most they have had all year. Northwest continued to shoot with a better percentage for the entire game hitting 40 percent of all shots from the field (22-55), 33.3 percent of its treys (3-9) and 85.7 percent of its free throws (12-14).

Northwest more than doubled its rebounds from the first half, ending with 40 total boards and 11 assists. The Lady Hornets fell under 30 percent in shooting around the floor making 20 of 68 shots, 6-19 three pointers and 17-24 from the free throw line.

Emporia rebounded 43 of the missed shots and had nine assists on the night. It had 21 turnovers, only the second time this season a Northwest opponent has had fewer turnovers than the Bearcats.

O'Grady and Chelsea Ernzen led the scoring for the 'Cats with 13 points each and Ernzen had the team-high eight rebounds. Nicole Patry scored 18 points for the Lady Hornets and Andi McAlexander added 16. Northwest's bench scored an unusually low 22 points in the game and Emporia's scored 19.

The Bearcats will travel to Central Missouri State on Wed., Jan. 26 for a 5:30 p.m. match-up against the No. 21 Jennies.

For more information, please contact:

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

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