February 1, 2006
Northwest Downs Truman State 74-55
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team used 10 first half points from sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa) and held Truman State's Candace MeGee to 0-for-10 from the field in the half during the 74-55 MIAA win.
The Bearcats were able to pull away from the Bulldogs midway through the first half on an 8-2 run that was started by junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Neb.) on a 3-point field goal. On the run, Northwest put its lead up to 11 at 21-10.
Truman got the its deficit down to three on a layup by Natalie Schupbach, but the next time down the floor senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) hit one of her three, 3-point field goals to bring the Bearcat lead up six, 24-18.
For roughly five minutes early in the second half, Northwest went on a 19-4 run that gave it a 19 point lead 52-33. Truman got the Bearcat lead down to 14, but could not get any closer when Northwest put the nail in the coffin with a 16-7 run and extended its lead to 22.
Statistically for the Bearcats, they were led by Nelson, who had a game and career-high 26 points. Friederich followed her up with 21 points, while sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) scored seven and pulled down 10 rebounds, rounding out the Northwest team-high's was O'Grady, who nailed seven points.
The Bulldogs were led by Candace McGee, who bounced back in the second half and scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half. MIAA Freshman of the Year candidate Georgia Mueller scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Northwest now improves to 13-8 and 5-5 in the MIAA, while Truman goes to 9-11 overall and 1-9 in the conference. The win tonight matches the Bearcats total victories from all of last season. Up next for Northwest, it will hit the road to play Pittsburg State on Super Eve at 1:30 p.m.
NOTES: The Records continue to fall for the Bearcats, as they made a school record 12 3-point field goals tonight against Truman. The previous best was 10 against Truman during the 2002-03 season and UMKC on Dec. 1. Friederich is just five 3-point field goals away from tying Amanda Winter for the all-time lead at Northwest. Friederich moved into eighth all-time in scoring with 1,328 points passing Kim Scamman. Nelson continues her pursuit on the all-time steals record, as she now has 112 steals in just two seasons.
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