March 2, 2006
Northwest Ends Season With 68-66 Loss Against Central Missouri State in MIAA First Round
KANSAS CITY - Central Missouri State's Tiffany Vincent hit the game-winning lay-up with :12 seconds remaining and CMSU survived with a 68-66 win over Northwest Missouri State tonight in the first round of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Women's Basketball Postseason Tournament from Municipal Auditorium. Northwest came back from 12 down in the final six-plus minutes to tie the score up at 66-66 before Vincent's heroics.
Northwest, the No. 6 seed in the Tournament, ends its season at 15-13 overall. No. 3 seed Central Missouri advances to play Emporia State in the semifinal round on Saturday.
After a 3-pointer from freshman Jessica Burton gave Northwest an early 7-4 lead at the 17:01 mark, the Bearcats went cold from the field. The Bearcats made 3-of-4 (.750) to start the game but went just 10-of-32 (.313) for the rest of the first half. Meanwhile, the Jennies 16-7 spurt in the final seven minutes pushed them to a 43-31 edge at the half.
CMSU maintained at least a four-point advantage throughout most of the second stanza and pushed its lead up to 63-50 at the 8:17 mark. From that point, Central Missouri netted just five points while the Northwest shooters got hot. Junior Katie O'Grady hit from 3-point land to cut the CMSU lead to three at 66-63 - that basket was the team's seventh trey of the night which broke the single-season record of 194.
A free throw from sophomore Mandi Schumacher followed by a jumper in the lane from senior Meghan Blay notched the count at 66-66 with 1:34 remaining. CMSU had two shots to win in the final minute before Vincent picked up the loose ball on the offensive glass and made the right-hander in the lane. O'Grady got off a 3-point attempt but it rimmed out as the final horn sounded.
Friederich finished with a team-high 16 points while Blay posted a career-tying 12 points to go along with six boards and four assists. Schumacher ended with nine points and 10 caroms.
Vincent led all scorers with 17 points while Anna Rorvig compiled 16 points. Melissa Richardson was an inside presence as well with her 10 points and 10 boards.
CMSU shot 46 percent (25-of-55) while Northwest went just 27-of-69 (.391) overall. The Bearcats shot a cold 26 percent (7-of-27) from beyond the arc.
NOTES: Senior Laura Friederich ends her career with 1,449 points, good for sixth-place in Northwest annals … Northwest broke the 2003-04 club record of 193 3-pointers … The 10 rebounds was the seventh time that sophomore Mandi Schumacher posted at least 10 boards this year.
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