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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 15, 2005

Northwest Sails to a Opening Day Victory

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team put up 87 field goal attempts tonight in the 72-48 win over William Penn in the Ryland Milner Centennial Classic.

The Bearcats were down early to William Penn 4-0, but Northwest went on a 5-0 run to take the lead themselves. However, the score would go back and forth until the Bearcats grabbed the lead at 13-12 and never looked back.

Northwest held on to the lead at the break 32-23, in part because of sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) 10 points. Schumacher was five of eight from the field in the first stanza and had three rebounds.

Also in the first half the Bearcats did not visit free throw line, while their counter parts went four times and made two. Northwest did not made its first free throw of the night until freshman Micaela Uriell (Shawnee, Kan.) hit the net with 2:06 on the clock.

In the second half Northwest climbed to its largest lead of the evening at 29 points on a layup by sophomore April Miller (Grant City, Mo.). Miller finished the night with four points in nine minutes.

In the absence of senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.), who is nursing a sore back; Schumacher continued her strong performance with another 10 points in the second half to bring her total up to 20. The 20 points scored by Schumacher are a career high.

Friederich's classmate Meghan Blay (Shawnee, Kan.) also picked up the slack shooting three of six from the field scoring six points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing the ball off seven times.

As a team, the Bearcats shot 37 percent making 33 fields goals, they were five of 15 from beyond the arc and pulled down 47 rebounds. Northwest also forced William Penn into 25 turnovers and the Bearcats stole the ball 18 times.

The Bearcats will be back in action on Friday in the Winstead-Reeves Classic, hosted by Northwest. The Bearcats will welcome Mount Mercy, Winona State and Southwestern to Bearcat Arena on Friday and Saturday.

With the win Northwest opens the season at 1-0, while William Penn falls to 1-4 on the 2005-06 season. The Bearcats will tip off Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. against Winona State and Saturday Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. against Mount Mercy.

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468