February 10, 2007
Northwest Gains Split with PSU
PITTSBURG, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team gained a 65-62 victory over Pittsburg State in John Lance Arena. Northwest overcame 22 turnovers, the second-highest of the season, but did hit 7-of-18 from 3-point land to aid the win.
The third consecutive victory gives Northwest a 15-8 overall (8-6 MIAA) and drops Pittsburg State to 9-13 overall (4-10 MIAA).
Northwest and Pittsburg State were tied seven times in the first half, the last time being at 17-17. The Bearcats broke that tie on a Meghan Brue lay-up with 9:24 left. The basket ignited a 15-6 run to close out the half and gave Northwest a 32-23 halftime advantage. PSU was held without a 3-point field goal in the first half.
The Gorillas overcame a 10-point second half deficit and led by as many as five, 52-47, with 6:30 remaining in the ball game. A 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jessica Burton tied the score at 56 with 3:35 to play and Northwest took the lead just 30 seconds later on another 3-pointer from senior guard Katie O'Grady.
Senior guard Anna Nimz missed a 3-pointer as time expired that would have put the game into overtime.
The Bearcats had four players in double-digits led by junior forward Lauren Williams, who had 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Junior center Mandi Schumacher contributed 12 points and senior guard Katie O'Grady chipped in 11, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Coach Gene Steinmeyer said, "We got a lot of great looks in the first half." Northwest shot 38.7 (12-31) percent from the field and 3-of-8 from 3-point land.
Junior forward Candice Gilbert led all scorers with 16 points and was aided by 12 points from junior center Tracy Patry. Junior forward Janelle Klein had 10 points and three blocks in the loss.
The Northwest women will host two games next week, No. 4 Washburn on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Missouri Southern on Saturday, Feb. 17.
NOTES: Northwest is now 15-19 all-time versus Pittsburg State … The Bearcats are 3-12 in John Lance Arena … Mandi Schumacher has scored in double-digits in five of last six games … Freshman forward Marissa Poppe did not play in the game … She scored 20 points in the first meeting between Northwest and PSU.
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