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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 4, 2006

Northwest Falls to No. 1 Washburn 84-71

TOPEKA, Kan.- The Northwest Missouri State University women's basketball team was downed tonight for the second time in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action by Washburn, 84-71.

Against the No. 1 team in Division II women's basketball, the Bearcats were able to keep it a contest at halftime trailing by a 41-29 score. Washburn scored the games first eight points, and held the Bearcats scoreless for the first 3:45. Northwest was led by junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Neb.) at the break with nine points.

The Bearcats shot 12-of-28 from the field for 42 percent, while Washburn was 16-of-31 for 51 percent. The Lady Blues allowed Northwest in the game because of a 3-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc. The Bearcats were 2-of-9 from the three point line in the first half.

Washburn stole the ball from Northwest six times and forced the Bearcats into nine turnovers. Northwest only was able to steal the ball twice in the first half and force the Lady Blues into four turnovers.

Of the Northwest nine turnovers, Washburn scored 11 points and Northwest put in a free throw. The Lady Blues also had the edge with points in the paint at 16-14.

In the second half, Northwest was able to chip the lead down to three (67-64) thanks in part to a 16-3 run sparked by sophomore Lauren Williams (St. Joseph, Mo.), who had eight straight points. During the Northwest comeback, Washburn went on a 3:04 scoring drought late in the second half. Jennifer Harris ended the Washburn scoreless stretch as she hit a three-point field goal at 5:12 to bring the score back up to six for the Lady Blues at 70-64.

However, after Harris the three point field goal the Bearcats went on a scoring slump of their own going nearly three minutes without a field goal. Sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) hit a layup for two of her 18 points to end a three minute cold streak for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats shot a season high 47 percent from the field connecting on 25-of-53, while they gave up a season high 51 percent shooting from the field at 32-of-62. Washburn's Harris shot 14-of-27 and had a school record 39 points. For the Bearcats, Williams tied a career high 14 points, while Schumacher led the way with 18 points and O'Grady finished with 11.

Northwest now falls to 8-5 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA, while Washburn moves to a perfect 14-0 and 3-0 in the conference .

NOTES: The Bearcats nearly were able to come back from 19 down for the second time in as many games, but the three point field goal by Harris ended that thought when they went up 70-64. In the last two games senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) has scored 12 points, with eight points coming tonight against Washburn. Friederich came into tonight's game as the leading scorer with 14 points a contest. Northwest has not beaten Washburn in Topeka since the 1985-86 season when the Bearcats defeated the Lady Blues 79-65 on Nov. 30, 1985. The last win for the Bearcats over Washburn came in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament in 2004 when Northwest won 76-68 - a stretch of five games.

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