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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

November 18, 2005

Sophomore Megan Hamilton Enjoys Career Night

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team moves to 2-0 after a 75-69 win over Winona (Mn.) State in the Winstead-Reeves Classic.

The Bearcats came out on fire in the first half going on a 13-2 run, and holding Winona State without a field goal for just under four and a half minutes. Northwest had its largest lead of the evening of 21 points when sophomore Kalena Kenney (Stockton, Mo.) hit a three-point field goal with 2:50 left in the half.

The lead went back under 20 the next time down the floor when Winona's Kelsey Ostendorf hit her own three-point shot. However, Megan Hamilton (Newalla, Okla.) would increase the lead back up to 20 on a pair of free throws.

The Bearcats shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, hitting on 18 field goals, and going five-of-six from beyond the arc. The Northwest defense held the Warrior offense to 25 percent from the field and stealing the ball eight times.

In the second half it was a different story for the Bearcats, as Winona State opened the second stanza with 12-4 run. Winona would take the lead down to eight with 12:54 left in the second half. They would get closer with 7:04 left in the game when they whittled the Bearcat lead down to three.

The game would not get any closer for Winona State, Northwest got the lead back up by a half a dozen on a three point field goal by Hamilton. Hamilton would add would four more points in the game to achieve a game and career high 23 points.

The Bearcats shot 27 percent in the second half, while Winona shot 43 percent and out gained Northwest in rebounds 49-37.

Despite the near come back by Winona State, the Bearcats did have three get into double figures. Senior Meghan Blay (Shawnee, Kan.) scored 10 and sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa) chipped in with 12 points.

Northwest will be back inaction tomorrow in the final game of the Winstead-Reeves Classic against Mount Mercy. Mount Mercy won the first game of the day over Southwestern College 51-47.

Tomorrow's game time for Northwest will begin at 7 p.m., while Winona State and Southwestern will hook up at 5 p.m.

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