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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 21, 2006

Northwest Gets MIAA Win Over Pittsburg State 82-75

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team used 45 points from senior's Meghan Blay (Shawnee, Kan.), Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) and junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Neb.) in the 82-75 win over Pittsburg State this afternoon at Bearcat Arena.

The Bearcats jumped to an early 2-0 lead on a jumper by Friederich; that was caused by a steal from sophomore Lauren Williams (St. Joseph, Mo.). From there, Pittsburg would tie the game up once before the Bearcats jumped to a lead of seven (11-4) on a layup by sophomore Chelsea Ernzen (Easton, Kan.).

The Gorillas would have the lead one more time in the first half at 29-27, before the Bearcats would take command at the break 39-35.

At halftime, Northwest shot 44 percent from the field (15-34), 62 percent from downtown (5-8) and only 66 percent at the line (4-6). For Pittsburg they were 13-of-28 from the field, three-of-seven from outside and a perfect six-of-six from the charity stripe.

The Bearcats out rebounded the Gorillas 20 to 16 and forced two more turnovers 12 to 10. Northwest also stole the ball from Pittsburg nine times, leading the way was Friederich, who had three in the first half.

In the second half, Northwest held on to the lead for the first 10 minutes before the Gorillas took their largest lead of two on free throws by Maggie Apt. For the next three minutes both team would go back-and-forth with neither team holding on to a lead larger than two.

O'Grady gave Northwest the lead for the good on a 3-point shot at 7:25 left, which gave her three of 16 for the game.

Northwest went on 13-6 run for just over four minutes, which was helped by four free throws from Schumacher, sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa) and two by O'Grady. Leading the way for Northwest was Friederich, who had a game-high 19 points, followed up by O'Grady with 16 and Blay, who had 10 points. Blay also had eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Bearcats move to 11-7 on the season and 3-4 in the MIAA, while Pittsburg State falls to 9-9 and 2-5 in the conference. Northwest will travel to Truman on Wednesday, with tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.

NOTES: Friederich now has 1,284 points, which moves into ninth all-time at Northwest. She also had four steals in the game, that puts her in a tie for fifth (153) all-time with former teammate Ashely Poptanycz. Friederich also is alone in second place in career made 3-point with 145. She now just needs 10 more to tie Amanda Winter for first all-time. Sophomore Megan Hamilton (Newalla, Okla.) is now alone in tenth place in career made 3-pointers (181). Blay also moves up in the record book, she is alone in tenth place all-time in career steals with 97.

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

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