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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 23, 2004

'Cats Pick up First Season Win With 82-48 Decision over William Penn

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Taking care of the ball in the second half and holding a +12 advantage on the boards, Northwest Missouri State women's basketball picked up its first win of 2004-05 with a 82-48 victory over William Penn tonight at Bearcat Arena. The Bearcats turned the ball over nine times in the contest, with just two turnovers in the final 20 minutes.

Northwest jumped to 1-3 overall on the year while William Penn dropped to 2-5.

Senior forward Ashely Poptanycz led the rebounding parade as she posted her second double-double of the young season with a career-high 21 points along with 12 boards. Freshman Meghan Brue came away with eight points and 11 caroms.

Despite the Bearcats never trailing from the opening tip, the Lady Statesmen kept things close in the first 10-plus minutes of play. A converted three-point play by Kari Boscaljon brought the guests to within a 21-19 score.

Spurred by a Megan Blay jumper at the 9:21 mark of the first half, the Bearcats rattled off nine straight points to go up 30-19. Kristina McNew's three-pointer on the ensuing possession cut the William Penn deficit back in the single digits, but a 10-3 Northwest spurt to close the half gave the 'Cats a 40-25 lead.

In the second stanza, Northwest's lead never got below 12 points thanks to a sticky defense. The Green and White forced 12 turnovers and limited the Lady Statesmen to just a 9-of-33 (.273) effort from the floor in the second half.

Northest capped the game with a 21-4 run in the final 8:52.

Overall, Northwest struggled a bit going 32-of-85 (.376) from the field but had more offensive rebounds (28-27) than on the defensive end which led to 32 points in the paint. William Penn finished at a 31 percent overall clip and just two-of-19 (.105) from beyond the arc.

Six 'Cats reached at least seven points for the game. Junior point guard Meghan Blay tallied a career-high eight assists to go along with three steals and four points. Freshman forward Mandi Schumacher finished with seven points and four rebounds in just 14 minutes of action of the bench.

William Penn received 15 points from Boscaljon, 11 points from Trista Holder and a 10 point-eight rebound effort from Angela Bourrage.

In the midst of a seven-game homestand, the Bearcats host the Thanksgiving Classic this Friday and Saturday at Bearcat Arena. Northwest takes on Columbia at 8 p.m. on Friday and Park the following day at 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

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

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