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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 9, 2007

Northwest Women End 2006-07 Season with 87-72 Loss to No. 2 Seed West Texas A&M in First Round of NCAA Division II Tournament

ST JOSEPH, Mo. - ( stats) The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team ends its season in the NCAA Division II Tournament for just the fourth time in school history with a 87-72 loss to No. 2 seed West Texas A&M (ranked 10th nationally).

In the first half, Northwest got out to an early 4-0 lead off a couple jumpers by sophomore guard Meghan Brue and continued to lead until a lay-up from senior Alicia Saunders at 11:49 gave West Texas A&M a 14-13 lead.

The Bearcats recaptured the lead with a 9-0 run, capped with a lay-up from junior forward Lauren Williams at 4:21 to give Northwest a 26-21 margin. A few quick lay-up at the end of the first half gave the Bearcats a slim one-point margin at intermission, 33-32.

West Texas A&M shot just 1-of-7 from the free-throw line in the first half.

The Lady Buffs scored the first five points of the second half and never relinquished the lead.

Northwest knotted the game at 42 after a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jessica Burton at 14:31, but the Lady Buffs would follow with a 16-6 run over the next four minutes.

The Bearcats trailed by as much as 12 points after two free-throws by sophomore Emily Brister with 6:00 minutes left in the game. A late run, complimented by some missed free-throws by West Texas A&M, got Northwest within five with just 1:26 left. A tie-up, caused by MIAA All-defensive team member Williams, gave the Bearcats a chance to make it a one possession game with a minute remaining.

A 3-point attempt by lone senior Katie O'Grady rimmed out and ended a Bearcat comeback as the Lady Buffs hit eight consecutive free-throws.

Brue finished with 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting, a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. O'Grady chipped in 12 points, while Burton came off the bench to hit 4-of-9 from the field for 14 points.

Head coach Gene Steinmeyer said, "the five guard line-up has come out of necessity and we have been the most efficient that way." Steinmeyer started a five guard line-up and saw all of them play over 20 minutes.

Steinmeyer commented, "bottom line was we couldn't keep them out of the paint and we turned the ball over too much." Northwest had 23 turnovers and the Lady Buffs had 52 points in the paint. West Texas A&M shot 62.4 (17-of-26) percent in the second half.

West Texas A&M had all five starters in double-digits led by sophomores Courtney Lee and Emily Brister with 23 and 20 points respectively. The starters combined for 77 of their 87 points and all played at least 25 minutes.

The Bearcats end their season 18-12 while the Lady Buffs move to 28-4 and will face No. 3 Washburn tomorrow in St. Joseph.

NOTES: After Loss…
It was just the fourth appearance ever for the Northwest women in the NCAA…
Northwest is now 1-4 is in the NCAA Division II Tournament…
Coach Gene Steinmeyer is now 0-2 in the NCAA Division II Tournament…
Coach Gene Steinmeyer is now 5-6 in March…
Northwest is now 0-4 overall against West Texas A&M…
The starting line-up of Brue, O'Grady, Nelson, Miller and Brue is the first this season…
Northwest is 17-2 when leading at half…
Northwest is 1-10 when trailing at half…
They have not been tied at half all year…
Northwest is 2-2 on neutral floor…
Northwest is 3-1 playing on Friday…
Northwest finishes the year 0-10 versus ranked teams…
Three fouls outs the most all-year…

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