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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

January 24, 2007

Bearcats Drop Second Straight MIAA Game in 89-66 Loss to No. 11 Emporia State

EMPORIA, Kan. - ( stats) The Northwest Missouri State womens basketball team could not get past No. 11 Emporia State in an 89-66 loss tonight before a crowd of 2,875. Northwest led only twice, both times in the first half, and trailed 33-28 at half. The Hornets outscored Northwest 56-38 in the second half shooting 53.3 (17-31) percent from the field, including 6-of-10 from the 3-point line.

The 23-point loss is the second largest margin of defeat for the Bearcats this season. The largest came against South Dakota when Northwest was beat by 27.

The Bearcats come out extremely cold to begin missing their first nine field goals until junior forward Lauren Williams made a layup with 12:10 left in the first half. Down 10-1, Northwest went on a 20-8 run capped by a Katie O'Grady 3-pointer giving the Bearcats a 21-18 lead late in the first half.

Junior center Mandi Schumacher recorded her fifth double-double of the season hitting for 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Schumacher was complimented by Lauren Williams who contributed 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting and grabbed five steals, a game-high. Only one other Bearcat hit double digits with sophomore guard Jessica Burton recording 10 points.

The Hornets of Emporia State were led by the double-double of senior forward Casey Hennigsen. She recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action. Three other Hornets chipped in at least 11, led by sophomore guard Andrea Leiker's 18 points. Freshman guard Cassondra Boston dished out eight assists to lead both teams.

Emporia State shot 46.9 (30-64) percent from the field, while Northwest hit just 30.6 (22-72) percent of its shots.

The loss gives the Bearcats an 11-7 overall record and 4-5 in MIAA play. Emporia State is 13-4 (6-2 MIAA) after the win.

Northwest will start the second half of its MIAA schedule when Southwest Baptist visits Maryville on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

NOTES: Northwest is now 12-22 all-time against Emporia State and 3-14 under coach Gene Steinmeyer … The Bearcats received a No. 8 ranking in the NCAA Division II womens basketball South Central Regional poll released today … Emporia State received a No. 4 ranking in the same poll.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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