February 27, 2007
Three Bearcats Earn All-MIAA Women's Basketball Honors
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State University women's basketball team placed three athletes on All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) squads, announced today by the league offices. Sophomore guard Meghan Brue (Underwood, Iowa) and junior forward Mandi Schumacher (Columbus, Neb.) were named to the Honorable Mention team. Junior forward Lauren Williams (St. Joseph, Mo.) earned All-Defensive team honors.
"Honorable mention may not seem like a significant thing, but I think the top nine players in this conference could be All-Americans in any other conference," said women's head coach Gene Steinmeyer. "Their chances of making the higher teams were hurt because we are such a balanced team."
Brue ended the 2007 regular season with the team's highest field goal percentage (44.1-percent), starting 18 games and appearing in all 27. She holds the school season free throws made record, making 120 to surpass the 116 made by Annie Coy in the 1997-98 season. Her 13 free throws against Missouri Western on Dec. 30 ties for the most in a single game in Northwest history. Entering the MIAA Tournament, Brue stands 14th in the league in scoring (12.2 ppg) and sixth in free throw percentage (78.9-percent). She also earned Winstead-Reeves All-Classic honors to begin the season.
The team leader in scoring and rebounding, Schumacher enters the conference tournament ranked 11th in the MIAA in scoring (12.4 ppg), eighth in rebounds (7.0 rpg) and sixth in field goal percentage (43.5-percent). She has posted double-doubles five times this season. Schumacher received Winstead-Reeves Classic MVP honors and was named to the All-Tournament team at the Western Washington Lynda Goodrich Classic.
Williams has started all 27 games for Northwest this season. She stands second in steals (61) on the team and fifth in the conference. Her efforts also allowed the Bearcats to lead the league in steals, with 11.44 steals per game heading into the conference tournament She leads the team this season in conference minutes played. Her career-high 26 points against Truman State on Feb. 7 is the third highest production for Northwest this season. Williams is the first Northwest honoree on the all-defensive team since Erica Hatterman was mentioned in 2004.
"I felt really strongly that Lauren was one of the top five defensive players in the MIAA," Steinmeyer said. "But I just didn't know how the other coaches felt. She's really deserving of it. She's done everything she can to make this team better defensively."
The Bearcats received the No. 4 seed in the MIAA Tournament and will play No. 5 Missouri Southern in the opening round. Tip off is set for 2:15 p.m. on March 2 from Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.
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