February 2, 2005
Northwest Women Upset No. 10 Central Missouri State, 76-70
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State exacted revenge from last week's loss against Central Missouri State tonight as the Bearcats upset the No. 10 Jennies, 76-70. Junior Laura Friederich tacked on a game-high 23 points and swiped eight steals giving the 'Cats the advantage on both ends of the court.
Northwest leveled its record at 11-11 overall while improving its MIAA record to 4-7. Central Missouri sits at 18-3 overall and 9-2 in conference action.
The Jennies fell behind at first but pushed through to gain a 9-7 lead with 15:17 left in the first half. A three-pointer by Kelli Nelson helped the 'Cats regain the advantage, which they kept for the remaining 34 minutes of the game. The half ended with a four-point lead by the Bearcats with a score of 31-27.
Turnovers plagued the Jennies from the beginning, adding up 19 in the first half alone. Northwest turned the ball over 10 times but made up for it with 15 steals. The 'Cats shot 38.7 percent (12-31) from the field, 4-8 beyond the arc and 3-6 from behind the free throw line. The Jennies made 47.8 percent (11-23) of their field goals, 3-8 of their threes and two out of four free throws. The Bearcats were out-rebounded 19-14 in the first 20 minutes.
Ashely Poptanycz aced two three-pointers for the 'Cats in the first half, along with a jumper, to give her eight points. Anna Rorvig scored eight points for Central Missouri State. Four Bearcats grabbed three steals each - Friederich, Poptanycz, Meghan Blay and Kelli Nelson.
Central Missouri kept Northwest on tight reigns for the first few minutes of the second half but the reigns loosened and the 'Cats went up by as much as 13 points twice before the buzzer sounded. Free throws accounted for 12 of the Bearcats' last 22 points, giving Northwest the win with a score of 76-70.
The Jennies had better shooting quality but not quantity. They made 45.1 percent (23-51) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-18) of their treys and 77.3 percent (17-22) from the free throw line. Northwest made 41.8 percent (28-67) from around the floor, 33.3 percent (5-15) from three-point range and 15 of its 20 free throws.
The 'Cats came back to defeat the Jennies on the boards with 37 rebounds over Central's 35. Central maintained its turnover trend ending with 30 and giving up 22 steals to the Bearcats.
Friederich went 10 for 10 from the free throw line in the second half, posting her fifth 20+ point game this season. She also had a game-high eight steals. Poptanycz ended with 16 points and seven rebounds while Blay added 12 to the score.
Rorvig kept the pace for the Jennies with 16 points while Tiffany Vincent trailed with 14.
The win marks Northwest's first victory over a nationally ranked team this season. The 'Cats will look to make Saturday's game their second as they face No. 5 Emporia State on Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Kansas.
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