February 15, 2006
Northwest Downed by Griffons in Joetown
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team went on a four minute scoring drought midway through the second half and Missouri Western went on a 29-9 run this evening in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action, with the Griffons winning 80-67.
To open up the first half, Missouri Western went on a 12-2 run, but the Bearcats battled back to a 35-34 lead with two minutes remaining. Northwest continued to hold tight at the end of first stanza to lead at the break 39-38.
Northwest was led by sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) at the break with 14 points. The Griffons were led by Tiffany Davis, who had 10 points at halftime. Davis finished the game with 16, while Tera Peterson had a team-high 18 points.
To start the second half, Northwest and Mo. West went back and forth with neither team holding an advantage larger than two. The Bearcats then went on a small 6-2 run to go up by eight (56-48) at 12:21 left in the game.
That is when Northwest went cold for nearly four minutes, and Mo. West took the lead (60-58) for good at 8:17 left in the game. The Bearcats did get the Griffon lead down to five (65-60) at 6:05 remaining, but could not get any closer. After that Missouri Western went on a 15-7 run to ice the game.
Leading the way for Northwest was Schumacher with a game-high 20 points, while senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) scored 18 and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds; her first double-double of the season. Rounding out the double figures was sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa), who scored 15.
The Bearcats are now 14-11 overall and 6-8 in the MIAA, while Missouri Western improves to 17-7 overall and 7-6 in the league. Northwest will now travel down to Bolivar to play Southwest Baptist, a team the green Bearcats are looking to sweep for the four consecutive season.
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