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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

February 18, 2006

Northwest Wins 15th Game This Season

BOLIVAR, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team inched past Southwest Baptist this evening in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action, with an 84-79 win. It is the eighth straight win and fourth consecutive season sweep for Northwest over Southwest Baptist.

Northwest jumped to a quick 4-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but Baptist answered back with an 8-0 run to take the lead 8-4. The green Bearcats would battle back and retake the lead for good at 7:05 left in the first at 28-26.

Going into the locker room, Northwest held on to a 44-35 lead, and was led by senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.), who had 14 points. At the break for purple Bearcats they were led by Casey Beavers, who scored 10 points and 12 for the game.

In the second half, Northwest would have leads of 13 (once), 14 (three times) and 15 (once) late in the game. The 15 point lead came 2:54 left in the game, but the purple Bearcats went on a 16-6 run to make it a game.

The purple Bearcats were able to make it a game in part because of poor free throw shooting by Northwest, who was eight-of-16 from the line in second half. At one point Northwest missed the front end of a one-and-one three straight times to get Baptist back in the game.

For just the second time this season, Northwest shot over 50 percent (52) from field. The green Bearcats were 50 percent from outside, going 12-of-24 and 60 percent from the charity stripe making 12-of-20.

The green Bearcats also tied a school record for most 3-pointers made in a game at 12. The record was set earlier this season against Truman State on Feb. 1.

Individually for Northwest they were led by Friederich, who scored a game-high 21 points. Other Northwest scorers were sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa), who had 16 and tied a team-high six rebounds with Friederich. Rounding out the double digits was junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Neb.), who had 12 points; nine of them coming in less than a minute in the second half.

For the purple Bearcats they were led by Traci Bybee, who had a team-high 19 points, and Livia Brito followed her up with 16. Rounding out the double figures was Courtney Shewmaker, who came in with 14 points.

Northwest now improves to 15-11 overall and 7-8 in the MIAA, while Southwest Baptist goes to 10-15 and 2-12 in the conference. Up next for the green Bearcats is No.1 Washburn, who has won 43 straight games, second most NCAA Division II history.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468