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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

December 31, 2005

Northwest Drops MIAA Opener to Central

WARRENSBURG, Mo.-The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team fell this afternoon in its first MIAA game of the season to Central Missouri, 83-81.

Central went on a 16-0 run that lasted nearly five minutes from 11:31 to 6:08, and was finally ended when senior Laura Friederich (Overland Park, Kan.) hit her only bucket of the half.

Central was led at the break by Kara Roberts, who came off the bench to score 10 points and was four-of-five from field. Northwest had two athletes lead the way as sophomore's Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) and Megan Hamilton (Newalla, Okla.) each had eight. The Jennies led at the end of the first stanza 47-33.

The Bearcats and Jennies were nearly even in all statistics; Northwest grabbed 20 rebounds Central pulled down 19. Both teams were in the single digits in turnovers, as the Jennies were forced into seven and the Bearcats nine.

On the turnovers, the Jennies out scored the Bearcats 12-2 and Central also beat Northwest with points in the paint 18-4.

In the second half Northwest came out on a 10-3 run that was sparked by junior Katie O'Grady (Falls City, Neb.) on two free throws and a three point field goal. A few minutes later the Bearcats would chip the Jennies lead down to three on another outside shot by O'Grady.

In a six second span, O'Grady would grab her own rebound off of a missed three point field and hit a layup. On the next trip down the floor for the Bearcats, O'Grady again would have the ball go to her as she hit her before mentioned three point field goal.

Other Bearcat statistics in the game were Schumacher, who led all scores with 20, O'Grady had 17 of her 19 points in the second half and Hamilton rounded out the double digit scoring with 14.

Northwest now falls to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the MIAA, while Central improves to 8-4 and 1-1 in the conference.

NOTES: For just the second time this season a Bearcat opponent has shot over 40 percent from the field. Central was 49 percent and 36-of-69 from the floor and eight-of-20 from behind the arc. Blay inched closer to the century mark in career steals she now has 94. Schumacher had her second double digit scoring day of the week as she scored 20 this afternoon and scored 16 on Thursday night against Park. The 30 three-point attempts set a new single-game record breaking the old mark of 29 done twice with the last coming against UMKC this season.

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

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