Jan. 30, 2007
Brue Scores Season-High 27 in Loss to Emporia
MARYVILLE, Mo.- Northwest junior forward Meghan Brue scored a season-high 27 points in a 90-76 loss to 24th-ranked Emporia State Saturday at Bearcat Arena. Brue tied a career high with nine field goals and was 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. The ESU win creates a four-way tie atop the MIAA standings midway through league play.
Northwest (11-7, 6-3 MIAA) held All-American Michelle Stueve to six shot attempts and three field goals, but Emporia (13-5, 6-3) got 24 points from Cassondra Boston and a career-high 23 from Ida Edwards. The Lady Hornets were also 22-of-23 from the free-throw line and had 21 assists on 30 field goals.
The first half saw seven lead changes, all coming in the last six minutes. Emporia led for the first 14 minutes until a jumper by Andrea Dill gave the Bearcats a 26-25 lead with 5:42 left. A 3-pointer by Kelli Nelson with 16 seconds remaining gave the Bearcats a one-point edge heading into the locker room.
The Bearcats one-point halftime lead would disappear, being outscored 25-4 during a seven-minute stretch early in the second half. Northwest pulled within eight of the lead with less than four minutes remaining, but a 3-pointer by Boston and near-perfect shooting from the line sealed the win.
In the first eight minutes of the second half, Northwest shot 4-of-15, compared to 11-of-14 for the Lady Hornets. The Bearcats struggled in the second half, hitting 1-of-14 from beyond the arc, while Emporia State knocked down 6-of-9.
Northwest got 10 points from Kelli Nelson, who had two of the Bearcats' three 3-pointers on the night. Northwest was 3-of-21 from behind the arc, while Emporia was 8-for-17. Boston had four 3's in the game for the Lady Hornets.
Up Next: The Bearcats will travel to Bolivar Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m.
- Meghan Brue passed 700 career points with her season-high performance.
- Andrea Dill posted 16 minutes after missing the last game with a back injury.
- Kelli Nelson is now 25 points short of reaching 1,000 career points.
- Nelson made her 60th straight start.
- Mandi Schumacher snapped her streak of four straight double-digit games.
- Northwest has lost eight straight to Emporia. The last win came on March 7, 2004 in the MIAA Conference Championship game.
- Northwest nabbed a No. 10 ranking in the first South Central NCAA Regional poll released today. Emporia State received a No. 8 ranking.
- It's the second time this season Northwest has allowed 90 points or more.
- Northwest is now 9-3 when leading at half.
- The Bearcats are now 1-1 versus ranked opponents this season.
- Northwest held Michelle Stueve to a season-low 15 points. It's just the 6th time a team has held Stueve under 20 points.
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