January 25, 2006
Northwest Defeats Truman State 88-60
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- ( box score) In a night that saw two Northwest Missouri State players set personal career scoring marks and the team's largest margin of victory this season against an MIAA opponent, Northwest defeated Truman State on the road 88-60.
After a slow start for both teams in the first half, Northwest picked up the momentum at the 15:50 mark, going on a 12-0 run, sparked by a jumper from sophomore Mandi Schumacher. The momentum quickly slowed, as it took Northwest nearly five minutes to score again, allowing the Bulldogs of Truman to make up five points in that period. At 9:51 left in the half, Northwest led 21-17.
Northwest was ahead by as much as 11 points in the first half, assisted in part by 10 points on five-of-seven shooting by Schumacher in the field. An 8-0 run closed out the first half for the Bearcats, as they entered the locker room with a 34-28 lead.
The Bearcats opened up the second half with a 12-2 run that carried on until the 15:04 mark. A 14-0 run that started midway through the half opened up a 67-41 lead for Northwest. Schumacher's 12 points in the second half propelled the Bearcats to a 54-32 scoring advantage in the final 20 minutes. The 54 points were the most in any half for the 'Cats this season.
The 22 points from Schumacher broke her old career record, which was 20 done three times. Junior Erin Lohafer set new career game records in both scoring (10) and assists (6). Freshman Lauren Williams accumulated fives steals during the game, which surpassed her career record in that category. Williams and sophomore Kelli Nelson chipped in 12 points for the evening.
As a team, the Bearcats finished with a season-high 88 points and a 53.8% field goal percentage on 35-of-65 shooting. The 27 assists throughout the game is also the highest for the team this season.
Laura Cooper of Truman State led both teams with 24 points, all of them coming from eight three-point field goals. The Bulldogs shot 34.4% from the field and 44.4% on free throws. Jennifer Franklin also led both teams with nine rebounds. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 24 times.
The Bearcats improve to 12-7 overall and 4-4 in the MIAA. Truman State falls to 9-9 on the season and 1-7 in the MIAA.
The Bearcats will be in action again this Saturday, as they host Central Missouri State University at Bearcat Arena in MIAA play. Tip-off will be at 5:30 P.M.
NOTES: In polls released this afternoon, the Bearcats were ranked seventh in the South Central region … Northwest improves to 11-1 when leading at halftime and 12-3 when they record fewer turnovers than their opponents at the half.
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