February 12, 2005
Pittsburg State Wins 57-56 Thriller
PITTSBURG, Kan. - Kami Schriver hit two foul shots with 7.8 seconds remaining sending Pittsburg State to a 57-56 victory over visiting Northwest Missouri State in women's basketball action this afternoon. Northwest freshman Mandi Schumacher netted a career-high 19 points on nine-of-10 shooting.
Northwest fell to 12-13 overall and 5-9 in the MIAA. Pittsburg, who clinched a spot in the MIAA Tournament with a win last Wednesday, improves to 16-7 overall and 9-5 in MIAA action.
The 'Cats struggled to hit a field goal in the opening stretch falling behind 4-11 at the 13:16 mark. Schumacher keyed a 17-11 spurt with six points to cut the deficit to one point at 21-22 under the four-minute mark. The two teams traded baskets as PSU headed into the locker room with a 27-25 edge.
The Gorillas held a 28-17 rebounding edge after the first 20 minutes including 10 on the offensive end. However, the hosts committed 12 turnovers.
PSU opened up the second stanza scoring six of the first nine points and taking a 33-28 edge. A basket by junior Laura Friederich jump-started an 8-0 run to give the 'Cats a 36-33 lead - its first since 2-1 to begin the game. The guests held the lead until the Gorillas notched eight consecutive to go up 47-45 at the 9:47 mark.
The momentum swung back in Northwest's favor thanks to junior guard Meghan Blay. She was the catalyst for a 7-0 spurt scoring five herself helping the guests to a 54-48 advantage with 4:40 remaining.
After a lay-up by freshman April Miller with 2:15 left, the 'Cats did not score again as PSU notched nine of the game's final 11 points.
On the game, Northwest held a 40 to 34 percent advantage from the field but was only three-of-11 (.200) from the foul line. The Gorillas held a 51-36 rebounding advantage and a 14-3 scoring edge from the charity stripe.
Joining Schumacher in double figures was Blay as she went for 11 points and a team-tying six boards, four assists and three steals.
Pitt State received a game-high 20 point, nine rebound effort from Schrivner and 10 and seven rebounds from Janelle Klein.
Northwest heads home for its final conference stretch of the season as it plays three of its final four at Bearcat Arena. First up is Washburn on Wednesday, Feb. 16 with tip scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
NOTES: The Gorillas have won 11 of the last 12 meetings in Pittsburg as the Bearcats broke a 14-year drought last year with the 66-62 victory…Pittsburg committed its first foul at the 8:26 mark of the first half…Northwest made its first free throw at the 17:32 mark in the second half - it had missed its first two attempts…The -15 rebounding disparity is Northwest's worst since -16 versus Washburn, Jan. 12…Mandy Schumacher's old career-high was 16 at Nebraska-Omaha, Dec. 11…The Bearcats fall to 11-7 when grabbing more than 10 steals this season.
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