January 13, 2007
Northwest Women Drop home Contest to PSU 68-65
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( stats) The Northwest Missouri State womens basketball team struggled to get the ball in the basket in a 68-65 loss to Pittsburg State. Northwest shot 30 (24-79) percent from the field, 25 (6-24) percent from 3-point range, and 55 (11-20) percent from the free throw line. It is the sixth straight game the Bearcats have shot less than 36 percent and the 55 percent from the charity stripe is a season-low.
Northwest trailed 32-31 at the half and fell behind by as much as 15 with 9:24 remaining. A jumper by junior guard Kelli Nelson with 1:45 left closed the gap to one point, 66-65, but Northwest could not get another basket after two free throws by senior guard Anna Nimz of PSU. The Gorillas did not have a field goal in the last five minutes of the game and Northwest outscored them 10-3 in that same period.
The Bearcats had three players in double-digits led by Nelson with 17 points. Nelson struggled from the field, hitting 7-of-22 field goals, but was 3-of-3 in the last three minutes. The 22 attempts was a career-high for Nelson. Junior forwards Ashley Baker and Lauren Williams each chipped in 10 points and grabbed four rebounds. Nelson and junior center Mandi Schumacher led Northwest on the boards with seven apiece.
Northwest had season-highs in both rebounds and field goal attempts with 46 and 79 respectively.
The Gorillas shot the ball much better hitting 43 (26-60) percent from the field. Aiding to that percentage was junior guard Candice Gilbert, shooting 7-of-11, and freshman guard Marissa Poppe, shooting 8-of-16. Gilbert recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds while Poppe led all scorers pouring in 20 points. Gilbert also had five blocks, including a possible game-saver with five seconds left. Senior guard Anna Nimz chipped in 13 points and grabbed eight boards.
Northwest drops to 10-5 after the loss and back to .500 in the MIAA with a 3-3 record. Next week the Bearcats host Truman State on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. before traveling to Central Missouri Saturday, Jan. 20 for a 1:30 tipoff.
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