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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 2, 2007

Bearcats Advance to MIAA Semifinals with 77-54 Victory over Missouri Southern

KANSAS CITY - ( stats) No. 4 seed Northwest Missouri State women's basketball advanced to its first MIAA Tournament Semifinal appearance since 2004 with a 77-54 over No. 5 seed Missouri Southern in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City this afternoon.

Northwest improves to 18-10 overall. Missouri Southern ends its season 14-13 overall.

"We had a slow start," commented head coach Gene Steinmeyer. "It was a much better combination at the end of the game."

The Bearcats opened up a 9-5 lead three minutes into the game off junior forward Lauren Williams' second three-pointer of the contest. The Lions answered back with a 7-0 run, fueled with five points from Tynesha Pierce.

Northwest strung together a 13-3 run to take the lead for good, sparked by a three-pointer from senior guard Katie O'Grady at the 13:31 mark of the first period.

By the end of the first half, all Northwest players had scored, ending the stanza with a 46-34 lead. The Bearcats held advantages in all shooting categories, lead with 51.6-percent (16-of-31) from the field and 43.8-percent (7-of-16) from beyond the arch.

Northwest maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half, committing only one turnover throughout the final 20 minutes. Missouri Southern only had four possessions in the final five minutes to allow Northwest to end the game on an 8-2 run courtesy of four Bearcat offensive rebounds.

O'Grady led the Bearcats with 14 points, shooting four-of-nine from the three-point line. Junior guard April Miller set career-highs with eight assists and five steals to lead Northwest in both categories. Miller led the team with nine rebounds, tying her career-high.

Pierce led both teams with 20 points, and was one short of the double-double with nine rebounds for the Lions.

The Bearcats will play again March 3 against No. 1 seed Missouri Western. The Griffons defeated Pittsburg State 86-66 earlier today. Tip-off from Municipal Auditorium is set for 6 p.m.

Northwest Women vs. Missouri Southern - March 2, 2007 - First Round
Northwest Team Tournament Notes

*Northwest now 18-10 overall.
*Bearcats are 7-17 in the MIAA tournament.
*5-3 in Municipal Auditorium.
*Gene Steinmeyer is 5-4 in the MIAA tournament.
* First game against Missouri Southern in MIAA tournament since March 2, 1993.
*Northwest is 1-2 against the Lions in the conference tournament.
*First win in the first round of the conference tournament since 2004, when Northwest went on to win the tournament championship.
*Northwest is 4-9 in the first round of the MIAA tournament.
*Northwest is 2-1 as the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.
*Fifth consecutive MIAA tournament appearance - longest Northwest streak since qualifying for seven tournaments from 1987-93.
*Northwest is 3-0 against the Lions this season and have won the past four meetings between the two teams.
*In a neutral arena, Northwest is 1-1 against the Lions - the lone loss coming in the MIAA Tournament on March 3, 1992.
*All active players scored by halftime - first time since playing Washburn on Feb. 14, 2007 (entire game).
*Twelve point lead (46-34) at half is the largest away from Bearcat Arena since Dec. 9, 2006 at Southwest Baptist (15 points, 35-40).
*Northwest is 17-1 when leading at halftime this season.
*23-point win is the largest margin of victory for Northwest in the MIAA tournament (previously 17-point win over Southwest Baptist on Feb. 27, 1990, 75-58).
*Northwest is 10-6 when committing fewer turnovers than the opponent this season.
*Fifteen steals by Northwest are the most since 16 against Truman State on Jan. 17, 2007.
*Ten turnovers are the fewest since committing eight against Pittsburg State on Jan. 13.

Northwest Individual Tournament Notes

*Amanda Baker
-Seven rebounds this game are the most since grabbing seven at Fort Hays State on Dec. 30, 2006.
*Kelli Nelson
-First game without a three-pointer since Feb. 7, 2007 against Truman State.
-First time scoring in double-digits without the aid of a three-pointer since Jan. 10, 2007 at Missouri Southern (14 points, 0-6 3P).
-Scored in double-digits for the 15th game this season, third straight.
*Lindsay Bayer
-Tied career high with two made three pointers (2 against Truman State on Jan. 17, 2007).
*Katie O'Grady
-Second straight game with double-digit points, 11th game this season.
*April Miller
-Eight assists and five steals in the game are career-highs.
-Her nine rebounds is a season-high (ties career high set against Central Missouri on Dec. 30, 2005)

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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