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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

February 4, 2006

Bearcats Beaten by Gorillas 90-73

PITTSBURG, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team gave up 90 points for the first time this season -- as the Bearcats were defeated by Pittsburg State 90-73 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action this afternoon.

In the first half, Northwest gave up runs of 8-0, 6-0, 7-2 and 14-7. The Gorillas never lost the lead, and took the advantage into the locker room, 47-32.

Also at the break, Northwest had a season-high 18 turnovers, while only forcing seven. The Bearcats also had their pocket picked 12 times, while only forcing three steals.

In the second half, the Gorillas went on their largest run of the half at 7-0. The Bearcats would then later in the stanza go on a 7-0 run themselves and chip the Pitt. State lead down to 10 points.

That would be as close as Northwest would get, as Pittsburg would on another 7-0 lead to go by the 17 points it won by.

Northwest was led by sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa), who had her second consecutive 20 point game, with 21. Senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) would follow Nelson up with 18.

The Gorillas had four in double figures, with Nikki Pierce scoring a game-high 29 points and 11 rebounds. Anna Nimz followed her up with 16, Tracy Patry knocked in 15 and the final double digit scorer was Chloe Jones, who had 10 points.

Northwest now falls to 13-9 overall and 5-6 in the MIAA, while Pittsburg State goes to 10-11 and 3-7 in the conference. Up next for the Bearcats is No. 3 Emporia State on Wednesday at Emporia, tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

NOTES: The Bearcats now fall to 1-6 when then they have more turnovers than their opponent at halftime, and 1-5 when the opponents have more steals. Nelson now has 10 straight games of at least one steal in a game. Friederich continues her assault on the Northwest record book, she is now just three 3-point field goals away from tying Amanda Winter for first all-time - Winter's has 155. Friederich also moves into seventh place all-time in scoring with 1,346 points, passing Kelly Leintz.

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

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