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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 14, 2006

Northwest Falls to Missouri Southern 80-71

JOPLIN, Mo. - With two minutes left in the game, the Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team found themselves down 71-66, after holding on to a 66-65 lead with 3:51 left. The Bearcats were beaten this afternoon in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action 80-71 by Missouri Southern.

Free throws were the difference in the first half, as the Bearcats missed eight from the charity stripe shooting 11-of-19. Meanwhile, Missouri Southern was 11-of-12 and held the lead at halftime, 38-35.

The Bearcats were also behind on rebounds 21 to 20; with Southern's Brianna Volmer pulling down halftime high of five. Northwest was led by sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.), who had two offensive and two defensive boards, and finished the game with a game-high 12.

In the first half, Missouri Southern had the largest run of four when Volmer hit the fourth point on a layup with 2:31 left in the first period (34-28). The Bearcats cut the lead down to four on a bunny by senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.). The bucket by Friederich gave her 10 at the half and tenth place all-time at Northwest in career scoring with 1242 points, passing Annie Coy. Friederich also tied Amy Krohn at Northwest in career 3-point field goals attempts with 397.

In the second half, Northwest had its largest lead of the game at 54-50 midway through the second half, the previous high for the Bearcats was two at 12:04 left in first half. Just as quick as the Bearcats grabbed the lead, Missouri Southern took it right back with 8:10 left in the game, 58-56.

To end the ball game Missouri Southern went on a 14-5 run that went the last three and a half minutes of the game.

Statistically for the Bearcats, Friederich finished with a game high 20 points - it is the second time in as many games she has scored 20. Schumacher meanwhile failed to score in double digits (7) for the first time since Dec. 20 against Northeastern State, when she scored nine. Sophomore's Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa) and Lauren Williams (St. Joseph, Mo.) had 13 and 12 points respectively.

For the game, the Bearcats shot 38 percent from the field going 26-of-68 and six-of-18 from beyond the arc. The Lions shot 27-of-61 (44 percent) from the field and five-of-19 from downtown.

Northwest falls to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the MIAA, while Missouri Southern improves to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The Bearcats next action is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at home against No. 3 Emporia State at 5:30 p.m.

NOTES: Friederich continues her pursuit on the record book, as she now has 1252 career points alone in tenth place. She also has 399 career 3-point FG's attempted standing alone in third place, while she hit one from downtown moving Friederich's career total to 142 made, she is just away from tying graduate assistant coach Brooke Hogue's career mark of 143.

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

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