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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

December 5, 2005

Northwest Wins Seven Straight Nonconference Games at Home

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball got back to its winning ways with an 84-69 victory over William Jewell.

The Bearcats jumped to a 10 point lead by the 13:44 mark in the first half and never looked back. However, that was not the largest lead of the first stanza for Northwest as they climbed to a 23 point lead two different times.

The first 23 point lead was taken by sophomore Megan Hamilton (Newalla, Okla.) and then Chelsea Ernzen (Easton, Kan.). That was part of Hamilton's 10 and Ernzen four points.

The Northwest defense forced William Jewell into 15 first half turnovers and stole the ball 10 times. Sophomore Kelli Nelson (Exira, Iowa) had three of her six steals in the first half. The six steals by Nelson ties a season high.

In the second half, William Jewell outscored Northwest 40-38, but could not get the score any closer than 15. Jewell's Casey Courtney hit a layup with three seconds left on the clock

The Bearcats took their largest lead of the evening by 30 on a field goal by junior Talesha Dokes (N. Little Rock, Ark.). Dokes had eight points off the bench, grabbed three rebounds and had a career high six steals.

Pacing the Bearcats offensively was senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) with a season high 19 points in her first start of the year.

Northwest kept two streaks alive this evening, in all seven games this season the Bearcats have had at least two athletes in double figures. The second streak, Northwest has won seven straight nonconference games at Bearcat Arena.

Northwest will now have 11 days off before they get back to action. The Bearcats will play Upper Iowa on Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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