March 3, 2007
Bearcats Exit MIAA Tournament in 68-58 loss to Missouri Western
KANSAS CITY - ( stats ) Sophomore guard Meghan Brue posted her second double-double of the season, but it wouldn't be enough as the Northwest Missouri State women's basketball teams fell 68-58 to the No. 1 seed Missouri Western in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament.
The Bearcats drop to 18-11 on the season. Missouri Western improves to 29-2 and advances to Sunday's MIAA Championship game.
"I have to give our kids a lot of credit," said head coach Gene Steinmeyer. We held in there with some strange combinations. I have to give a lot of credit to their (Missouri Western) speed."
Northwest dropped behind 4-0 before stringing together seven unanswered points, led off by a three-pointer from junior forward Lauren Williams. A layup from junior guard Kelli Nelson at 16:28 capped the scoring, signaling the last Northwest field goal for the next four minutes.
Missouri Western used an 11-2 run midway through the half to take a 23-14 lead with 8:21 remaining. Northwest limited the Griffons to free throws for the rest of the half to pull to a 28-21 deficit by the half.
Northwest was hampered with 13.3-percent (two-of-15) shooting from beyond the arch by halftime. Both teams committed 10 turnovers by the intermission and the Griffons held a slight advantage (28-26) advantage on the boards.
The Griffons managed a 16-2 scoring run beginning with a layup from Renata deAlmedia to take a 49-31 lead with 12:15 remaining. Within the run, Missouri Western converted on four consecutive three-pointers, each coming from a different player.
A 7-0 run by Missouri Western provided a 17-point lead with 4:36 left in the contest. The Bearcats closed within 10 with 32 ticks remaining off a layup from senior guard Katie O'Grady.
Brue notched the double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Northwest in both categories. Nelson scored 13 and O'Grady 12 to round out Bearcats with 10 or more points. Brue also recorded a career-high two blocked shots on the night.
The Griffons had all five starters reach double digits in scoring, lead by Ashleigh Curry with 16 points. Tera Petersen recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Missouri Western in rebounding.
Northwest will await word on a possible NCAA tournament invitation. The Bearcats were ranked No. 8 in the latest South Central Region poll released Feb. 28. The top eight teams in the region advance to postseason play, with each of the three conferences in the region receiving an automatic bid. The NCAA will announce the tournament field March 4 at 9:30 p.m. CST, online at www.NCAAsports.com/dii.
Northwest Women vs. Missouri Western - March 3, 2007 - Semifinals
*Northwest now 18-11 overall.
Northwest Individual Tournament Notes
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