February 21, 2007
No. 2 Missouri Western Pulls Away in Second Half Beating Bearcats 77-58
ST. JOSEPH , Mo. - ( stats) The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team dropped its second match-up of the season to No. 2 Missouri Western 77-58. Northwest scored just 22 second half points, it lowest second half output of the season, shooting a measly 23.3 (7-of-30) percent from the field.
Northwest led twice in the first half. First, they led at 18-15 after a Lauren Williams 3-pointer with 12:18 to go, and again at 21-20 following a lay-up by Mandi Schumacher. An 8-0 run by Western broke a 28-28 tie and forced coach Gene Steinmeyer to call a timeout. The Bearcats never got within three points after the run and trailed 45-36 at half.
"The plan was to stay close because a team that shoots that well in the first half hardly ever shoots that well in the second half. It worked, but we didn't score in the second half," coach Steinmeyer commented.
Western shot 8-of-14 in the first half from 3-point land.
Northwest trailed by double-digits a majority of the second half getting within eight points just once with 15:24. The final score was the largest lead for the Griffons.
The Bearcats finished with just two players in double figures, led by junior forward Lauren William's 14 points. Fellow classmate Kelli Nelson contributed 13 in the losing effort, hitting 3-of-8 from 3-point range. Williams led Northwest in steals for the fifth straight game with four takeaways.
The Griffons were paced by two double-doubles. Jill Johnson poured in 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, more than half those points came from the free throw line hitting 11-of-13. Tera Peterson recorded the other double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Off the bench, Ashleigh Curry chipped in 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Tiffany Davis, the leader of the MIAA in assists, dished out seven assists and eight points.
Coach Steinmeyer talking of the Griffons, "If they got their inside game going and their 3-point shooting going, its really hard for us to defend."
The loss drops Northwest to 16-10 and 9-8 in the MIAA and improves Missouri Western to 27-1 and 16-1 in the MIAA.
Northwest will end its regular season with a 5:30 p.m. match-up with Fort Hays State on Saturday in Maryville.
NOTES: Northwest dropped two spots to No. 8 in the NCAA South Central Region released late today (2/21)… Coach Gene Steinmeyer is now 4-12 all-time versus Missouri Western … They are now 6-16 all time MSWU Fieldhouse … Junior April Miller notched only her fourth career start.
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