January 26, 2005
No. 15 Central Missouri Defeated Northwest, 78-72
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- No. 15 Central Missouri State gained momentum in the second half as the Jennies climbed back from a 27-32 halftime deficit to claim the 78-72 victory over Northwest Missouri State tonight in women's basketball.
Central Missouri State improved to 17-2 overall and 8-1 in the MIAA while Northwest fell to 9-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
Laura Friederich made a three to start the game giving Northwest the lead which it kept for eight minutes until Central's Meagan Fromm hit a three-pointer to give the Jennies a 19-16 edge with 11:04 left in the first half. The 'Cats started strong and ended the half strong with an 11-0 run to recapture the lead and take the 32-27 advantage into halftime.
The Bearcats finished the first half shooting 13 of 38 from the field (34.2 percent) and three of 11 from behind the arc. The 'Cats made only three of their nine free throw attempts while the Jennies sunk nine of their 10. Central made 8-28 from the court and 2-12 from three-point land. The Jennies were out-rebounded 10-2 on offense and 19-18 defensively. Both teams turned the ball over 11 times.
Friederich led the Bearcats at the half with 11 points and five rebounds. She also racked up three fouls in the first 20 minutes adding to the 'Cats' nine personal fouls, pushing the Jennies into the bonus after just seven and a half minutes. Fromm hit two treys giving her the top score for the Jennies with six points.
The Jennies regained their status as leader with a scoring spree by Tiffany Vincent to take Central ahead 42-37 at the start of the second half breaking the Jennies out to a 13-5 run. The 'Cats slipped farther behind, having a deficit of 12 points but rallied back within two points with 25 seconds left. Lindsey Maple made the last eight points for the Jennies including one three-pointer and five free throws giving Central Missouri the 78-72 victory.
The Bearcats improved their shooting percentage around the court to 39.1 percent (27-69) from the field, 30.0 percent (6-20) from beyond the arc and 57.1 percent (12-21) of their free throws. Northwest kept up its rebounding trend from the first half and ended with 47 rebounds while holding Central to 37. The 'Cats turned the ball over more times than their opponent for only the fifth time this season (22-17).
Central Missouri made 25 of 59 field goals and 24-29 free throws (82.8 percent).
Chelsea Ernzen led the 'Cats for the night with career high 18 points and nine rebounds. Ernzen has had back-to-back career high games. Friederich was behind her with 15 points and six rebounds.
Maple and Vincent shared the scoring help for the Jennies with 17 points each.
Northwest used its rebounding edge to gain 17 second-chance points, limiting Central to seven. The non-starters for the 'Cats scored 39 points, maintaining their 40 percent average of all scoring.
The Bearcats return home on Sat., Jan. 29 for a 1:30 p.m. game versus Southwest Baptist. Northwest defeated SBU in their last meeting, 96-89 in overtime.
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