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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

February 22, 2006

Northwest Could Not Contain No. 1 Washburn

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team held the leading scorer in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Washburn's Jennifer Harris to a three-of-18 shooting night, but the Bearcats still lost 82-61.

No. 1 Washburn instead used other avenues to score against the Bearcats; Brooke Ubelaker took it upon herself to keep the Lady Blues 44 game winning streak intact. Ubelaker was eight-of-11 from the field, for a game-high 23 points and she was also six-of-seven from long range.

Northwest kept it close for nearly eight minutes until the Lady Blues went on a 26-8 run and got the lead up to 19. The Bearcats were able to get the lead down to 16 at halftime, 37-21.

In the second half, Washburn opened up from downtown and made eight 3-pointers, while only making 16 shots from the field. The Lady Blues were 40 percent from the field in the game, and out rebounded the Bearcats 42-29.

The Bearcats second half, they were five-of-seven from outside and 13-of-29 from the field. Northwest was lead by sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.), who had a team-high 16 points. The only other double digit scorer for the Bearcats was freshman Jessica Burton (Overland Park, Kan.), who had 11 points in her second career start.

Northwest, who has Saturday off will now prepare the MIAA Tournament, starting on March 2 in Kansas City. The Bearcats will be the sixth seed in the tournament, but their opponent is still to be determined.

The Bearcats finish the regular season 15-12 and 7-9 in the MIAA, while Washburn goes 26-0 and 15-0 in the conference. The Lady Blues extended their winning streak to 45 games, four away from the NCAA Division II record set by North Dakota State.

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