November 23, 2005
Northwest Goes Deep in the Heart of Texas
ABILENE, Tex.-They needed overtime but the Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team pulled out the 79-78 win over Abilene Christian this afternoon.
Northwest and Abilene Christian had 18 lead changes and nine ties, in the 45 minutes of basketball.
Even though both teams has many ties and lead changes, Abilene had the Bearcats down by eight with 2:35 left in the first half, after Abilene's Kierstan Barbee hit a three. That would be Wildcats largest lead of the day.
After the Wildcats took their largest lead of the afternoon, Northwest went on an 8-1 run to bring the game within a point at the break.
However, for Abilene the Bearcat run would continue into the second half when sophomore Kalena Kenney (Stockton, Missouri) hit a layup to take the lead 38-37. After Northwest grabbed the lead the Wildcats would be back up the next trip up the floor on three point field goal.
True to the games outcome, Northwest and Abilene would tie the game up five times in over five minutes. In that time frame the game also switched leads five times as well.
Not to be out done by their counterparts, the Bearcats would also take the lead by as much as eight. Northwest had the lead of eight twice, both times the points were scored by sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa).
After Abilene tied the game up at 68 on a layup with 12 seconds on the clock, both squads had a chance to win the game. With four seconds left senior Meghan Blay (Shawnee, Kan.) went up for a layup, but was called for a charge.
The Wildcats went down the floor and fired up a three point bucket, but the ball hit the rim and went out of bounds with no time on the clock, sending the game into an extra session.
With the extra five minutes on the clock, the teams would tie the game up three times with neither team holding a lead larger than two.
With a minute 11 left in the game, Abilene's Lacey Blau hit a jumper to give the Wildcats the one point lead, 78-77. The jumper by Blau gave her two of her game high 21 points.
On the Bearcats final offensive possession with 27 seconds on the clock, Northwest tried to give the last shot to Blay, who missed the opportunity with two seconds on the clock. The rebound was pulled down by Nelson, who then put the layup through the net to give Northwest the one point victory with a less than second left.
The Bearcat totals gave Blay 12 points along with junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Neb.), who also had 11 rebounds. Nelson had 15 points on the day, but the Bearcats were led by sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.), who had 16.
Northwest now improves to 4-0, while Abilene Christian falls to 1-2. The Bearcats will now head up to St. Paul, Mn. to take on Concordia-St. Paul Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. This is the first time since the 1997-98 season that Northwest has started 4-0.
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