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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 18, 2006

Northwest Falls to No. 3 Emporia State 82-64

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team held Emporia's Michelle Stueve (MIAA leading scorer 22 points per game) to eight points tonight, but the Bearcats were defeated at home 82-64 in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action.

In the first half, Northwest had the lead for over five minutes, but could not get any higher than three points (11-8). Emporia took the lead (13-11) for good at 11:15 when Casey Henningsen hit the go ahead layup.

The Hornets got the lead up to 13 in the first half on a 6-0 run that started at 3:45 left in the half. The Bearcats would be able to chop it down to nine (30-39) before the break on a jumper by sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.).

The difference in the first half, was Emporia was seven-of-11 from the free throw line, while Northwest was just two-of-three. The Hornets shot four-of-13 from behind the arc and the Bearcats were two-of-four. From the field there was not much of a difference as Northwest was 12-of-34 and Emporia was 14-of-32.

In the second half, Emporia went on a 13-4 that went for only three minutes and got their lead up to 22 points (67-45). Northwest however, turned around and went on a 5-0 run and got the lead down to 15 on a jumper by freshman Jessica Burton (Overland Park, Kan.) -- the two points by Burton were apart of her five.

The Bearcats would get the lead down to 15 one more time on a layup by Erin Lohafer (Maryville, Mo.), but Emporia would get the lead back up to 20 twice, once a jumper by Andi McAlexander and the other time by Stueve.

For the game, Northwest shot 26-of-82 from the field, four-of-16 from behind the 3-point line and eight-of-12 from the free throw line. Emporia shot 31-of-67, nine-of-25 from beyond the arc and 11-of-15 from the charity stripe.

The Bearcats were led by sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa), who had a career high 18 points. Senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) was the other double digit scorer with 13. Friederich ties graduate assistant coach Brooke Hogue for second all-time at Northwest in career 3-point field goals made (143). Nelson, who had a game high six steals now has a 101 for her career and is ninth all-time at Northwest.

The Bearcats are now 10-7 overall and 2-4 in the MIAA, while Emporia improves to 17-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The loss to Emporia snaps the Bearcats eight game home winning streak. Northwest will host Pittsburg State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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