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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 7, 2006

Northwest Beats SBU 72-67

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team won its first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association game of the 2005-06 season with a 72-67 victory over Southwest Baptist.

The Bearcats opened the game up with 15 points from sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) and senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) with each scoring six and nine respectively.

Northwest quickly jumped to a nine point lead (23-14) with two free throws from sophomore Lauren Williams (St. Joseph, Mo.), coming with 12:14 left in the half. Which opened the door for a 14-6 run at the end of the half for Northwest and held a 45-29 lead.

In the first half, the green Bearcats shot 19-of-38 for 50 percent from the field, while holding Southwest Baptist to 12-of-40 from the field. Northwest forced the purple Bearcats into 13 turnovers in the half and stole the ball 10 times. Northwest was led by sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa), who had a game high four steals in the first stanza.

In the second half, Northwest's shooting fell to 18 percent as it made only seven-of-37, while letting SBU hit 15-of-38. That allowed the purple Bearcats get as close as two (52-50) on a 22-4 run that went for nearly seven minutes.

The green Bearcats would get another lead of nine points on a three point field goal by junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Neb.), who had 16 points.

Northwest had four athletes in doubles figures, which was 61 of the teams 72 points. The green Bearcats were led by Friederich, who had a game high 22 points. Schumacher had her third career double-double with 12 points and tying a career high 13 rounds. While Nelson pulled down six rebounds, five assists and a game high five steals.

The green Bearcats go to 9-5 on the season, while they improve to 1-2 in the MIAA, and the purple Bearcats fall to 8-6 and 1-3 in the conference. Northwest will be back in action on Wednesday against Missouri Western at 5:30.

NOTES: Friederich's 22 points is her highest since she scored 24 against Upper Iowa on Dec. 16. Friederich also moves into third place at Northwest in career 3-point field goals made with 139 passing Amy Krohn.

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

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