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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 11, 2006

Northwest Defeats Rival Missouri Western 83-6

MARYVILLE, Mo. -( stats) The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team used 53 points from three players in the 83-69 win over arch rival Missouri Western.

Missouri Western hit the first bucket of the game at 19:34 to take the lead, but after that senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) hit a jumper to tie the game, the Bearcats never looked back.

Northwest went on a 17-2 run from 9:31 to 5:10, which gave them a 17 point lead. However, the Griffons would chip down to 12 at half time 42-30.

At the break, Northwest would only allow Missouri Western to make nine-of-29 from the field for 31 percent. The Bearcats meanwhile would shoot 51 percent from the field as they fired up 18-of-35.

At half time, the Bearcats were led by sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.), who scored 12 of her career high tying 20 points. Friederich also chimed in with eight of her 20 points, as she shot four-ofseven from the field.

After the break was over, Missouri Western would get the lead down to eight points after a short 4-0 run that was ended by Schumacher on a layup. Northwest would then go on a 10-2 run of their own to take the lead up to 18 at 56-38.

Friederich got the Bearcat lead up to 20 on a three point bucket and was assisted by Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa), who had four assists, which was second the team tonight behind senior Meghan Blay (Shawnee, Kan.), who had six.

Despite the fact the Griffons out rebounded the Bearcats 48 to 33, Northwest forced 23 turnovers and stole the ball 15 times. The Bearcats were led by Friederich, who had a game high five steals. Friederich's five steals moves her alone into sixth place all-time at Northwest in career steal with 143-she passes Danae Wagner, who had 141.

The Bearcats are now 10-5 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA, while Missouri Western falls to 12-3 and 3-2 in the conference. Northwest will now take on Missouri Southern on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Joplin.

NOTES:This is the quickest Northwest has gotten to 10 wins since the 2003-04 season when they started 11-2. That season, the Bearcats would finish 24-7 and make a NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Northwest is just three wins away from matching last seasons total wins.

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