February 14, 2007
Northwest Struggles in First Half Losing to No. 3 Washburn 86-73
MARYVILLE, Mo. - ( stats) The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team gave up 50 first half points, the most this season, in a 86-73 loss to No. 3 Washburn University. Washburn shot 55.6 (20-of-36) percent in the first half, including 7-of-15 from the 3-pointer land.
The loss drops Northwest to 15-9 overall (8-7 MIAA) and snaps a three-game winning streak. The Lady Blues advance to 22-2 overall (13-2 MIAA) with the win.
Northwest led just once the entire game scoring the first points of the game on a jumper by junior post Mandi Schumacher. Washburn took over immediately gaining an early 12-4 lead on a 3-pointer by senior guard Cindy Keely just five minutes into the contest. The Lady Blues closed out the first half with a 26-point lead, 50-24, Northwest's largest deficit at intermission this season.
Northwest's play was entirely different in the second half as they shot 56.8 (21-of-37) percent from the field, and outscored Washburn 49-36. The Bearcats never cut the lead to double-digits, but did get within 13 points after a 9-0 run with 5:05 to play. The run forced head coach Ron McHenry to use a 30-second timeout. The final five minutes both teams traded baskets.
For the Bearcats, three players finished with at least 12 points led by Schumacher's 18 points. She narrowly missed her sixth double-double of the season with nine boards. Junior forward Lauren Willliams chipped in 13 points and sophomore guard Jessica Burton contributed 12 points, 10 of those in the second half.
Senior forward Brooke Ubelaker posted a game-high 22 points, hitting 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Corkey Stiger came off the bench to pour in 18 points in just 24 minutes of action, while senior guard Jessica Aebi scored 16 playing nearly the entire game.
Northwest will host Missouri Southern on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Northwest took the first meeting between Southern winning 66-61 in Joplin, Mo. on Jan. 10.
NOTES: Junior guard April Miller posted a career-high nine points ... It is the seventh straight loss to Washburn ... Northwest is now 7-37 all-time versus the Lady Blues ... In Bearcat Arena Northwest is 4-13 all-time against Washburn ... The 49 second-half points is the third most this season ... Coach Gene Steinmeyer is now 2-17 all-time versus Washburn.
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