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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

December 1, 2005

Northwest Goes Down to the Wire With UMKC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team had an opportunity to hook up with a Division I foe against the University of Missouri Kansas City tonight. The Bearcats fell to UMKC 76-73 on a three point field goal by Sammi Knapic with 1:39 to go.

UMKC and Northwest shot the ball with frequency at Swinney, as both teams combined for 81 shots at the break. Both Northwest and UMKC hit 35 percent from the field, with the Kangaroos holding on to a three point lead at the break.

In the first half, the Bearcats were out rebounded 32-23, with the Kangaroos getting 12 second chance shots. UMKC meanwhile scored 15 points on the second chance opportunities.

UMKC in the first stanza was also able to get points in the paint as well, chipping in with 14. While the Bearcats only were able to get six points from inside the paint.

In the second half, Northwest and UMKC put the shooting on ice, with both teams combined to hit 24-of-64.

The Bearcats were able to dominate off the bench, with 38 points coming from the sideline. They were lead by sophomore Lauren Williams (St. Joseph, Missouri), who had a career high 14 points and senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kansas) with 13 and six rebounds.

Junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Nebraska) led the starters with 12 points, and she also grabbed three defensive rebounds. Sophomore Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Nebraska) nearly had another double-double has she scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Up next for the Bearcats is a home game against William Jewell on Monday at 7 p.m. and then they will take a break for finals and pick the schedule back up on Dec. 16 at Upper Iowa.

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