February 8, 2006
A Tail of Two Halves for the Bearcats
EMPORIA, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team went scoreless for nearly 10 minutes early in the second half and lost 94-68 tonight to No. 3 Emporia State. Sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa) opened up the second stanza with a field goal at 18:58 and Northwest did not hit another until 9:09 when classmate Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) hit a layup. At that point, Northwest trailed 76-52.
The Hornets opened up the second period with a 23-2 run during the Bearcats streak of not hitting a field goal. The lone points for Northwest came later in the half, when it hit six free throws, while Emporia hit seven field goals for 17 points.
After shooting 51 percent from the floor in the first half, Northwest went cold in the second stanza going 8-of-30 for 26 percent and 0-of-8 from outside. The Bearcats also turned the ball over 10 times in the second period. The Hornets meanwhile, were 17-of-36 for 47 percent and 6-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Nelson, who had 11 first half points was shut down in the second half scoring four. Senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) was also shut down in the second period, scoring four points after she hit for 15 in the first.
During the first meeting Emporia's Michelle Stueve scored eight points in Maryville, and tonight she led all scorers with 24, shooting 8-of-17 for 47 percent. Three other Hornets also scored in double figures, Casey Henningsen had 14 points and 11 rebounds, helping Emporia to a plus 14 rebounding advantage 46-32. Other Emporia scorers were Carolyn Dorsey, who scored 16, and rounding out the double figures was Andrea Leiker, who hit for 11 points.
Northwest is now 13-10 overall and 5-7 the MIAA, while Emporia State goes to 21-1 and 10-1 in the conference. Up next for the Bearcats is Missouri Southern on Saturday afternoon at home. The Lions fell tonight to Central Missouri 74-68 in Joplin.
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