Jan. 12, 2008
Bearcats Stun No. 4 Wasbhurn
MARYVILLE -- Northwest Missouri State held fourth-ranked Washburn to 16 second-half points and rallied to win 50-45 in front of more than 1,000 fans Saturday at Bearcat Arena. It's the Bearcats' first victory against a ranked opponent since March 7, 2004, when Northwest beat Emporia State in the MIAA tournament.
Northwest (9-4, 4-0 MIAA) is the lone unbeaten team in the MIAA. It's the first 4-0 start for Northwest since 2003-04 when the Bearcats won the MIAA conference tournament.
Northwest showed character in fighting off a 10-point halftime deficit and forcing 17 Washburn turnovers. The Bearcats trailed nearly the entire contest before taking a 45-43 lead on two Meghan Brue free throws with 1:20 left to play. Northwest forced five turnovers and allowed four points the final six-and-a-half minutes. The Bearcats were 8-for-10 from the free-throw line in the game's final 80 seconds.
The Bearcats shot 26 percent in the first half and trailed 29-19 at the break. The Lady Blues hit six 3-pointers in the opening frame and got 11 points from Corkey Stiger. Northwest scored six points in the final 12 minutes of the first half.
Washburn returned the favor by scoring six points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but its lead was still 10 with nine minutes remaining. A 13-4 Northwest run, ignited by a 3 from Brue and capped by a free throw by Mandi Schumacher tied the game at 43 with less than two minutes left to play. Brue's free throws followed on Northwest's next possession.
The Lady Blues' two points in the final three minutes came on a Janice Bright jumper in the closing seconds. Washburn was 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) in the second half, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range, and didn't attempt a free throw. Northwest was 18-of-23 from the charity stripe in the second half and 19-of-25 for the game.
Brue was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line and finished one point shy of her season high of 20. Lauren Williams tied her season high of eight rebounds and added seven points. Schumacher failed to score 10 points for the first time in seven games, but scored six of her seven points in the second-half comeback. She also had seven boards. Stiger had 11 points to lead Washburn.
Northwest became the second team to score 50 points or less against head coach Ron McHenry's Lady Blues and come away with a victory. Washburn is now 65-2 when holding opponents to 50 points or less. The 45 points are a season-low for Washburn.
Next Up: Northwest will host Missouri Southern at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.
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