Jan. 16, 2008
Last Second Shot Sinks Bearcats
MARYVILLE, Mo.--The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team dropped a 65-64 decision to Missouri Southern on a last second jumper by the Lions. After three Lions misses, Ivaney Marquez knocked down the game-winner with just four seconds on the clock. The loss is Northwest's first in conference play as it falls into a three-way tie with Washburn and Southwest Baptist at 4-1.
The Bearcats (9-5) made their first six shots and led 15-0 less than four minutes into the game. Southern (11-3, 2-3) spent the remainder of the half chipping into the deficit and took a 35-33 lead on a layup by Ela Zawadka with 10 seconds left in the first half. The Lions were 14 of 24 from the field in the first half after missing their first five shots of the game.
The second half saw six lead changes with neither team leading by more than six points. A Kelli Nelson trey with 17:17 left gave Northwest its largest second-half lead, 43-37. A jumper by Tynesha Pierce at the 9:48 mark would put the Lions out in front 55-54, but the lead would jump back-and-fourth four more times.
With the game tied at 63 and 48 seconds remaining, Southern's leading scorer Fatai Hala'Api'Api opened the door for the Bearcats when she fouled out and drew a technical foul. Nelson hit 1 of 2 free throws to give Northwest the lead. Moments later, a tough pass into the post went out-of-bounds, giving the ball back to Missouri Southern.
Northwest had three chances to secure a defensive rebound in the game's final 20 seconds, but couldn't come up with the ball. Marquez missed two shots before sinking the gamewinner.
Northwest senior Mandi Schumacher was perfect in the first half for Northwest, going 7-for-7 from the field and totaling 17 points. She would make another field goal before missing and finished with a game-high 21. She fell one rebound shy of earning a double-double.
Meghan Brue tied her career-high with five assists and contributed nine points for Northwest. It's just the second time this season that only one Bearcat has cracked double-digits.
The loss snaps the Bearcats' four-game winning streak against Southern. It's just the second time this season Northwest has lost a game decided by five points or less. Nelson's two 3's in the game moves her within five 3's of the school's career record.
Next Up: Northwest travels to Pittsburg State on Saturday, Jan. 19. Tip is set for 1:30 p.m.
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