Jan. 19, 2008
Northwest Rebounds Against Pittsburg State
PITTSBURG, Kan. - Northwest Missouri State rebounded from its first MIAA loss by playing its most complete game of the season.
The Bearcats (10-5, 5-1 MIAA) created havoc defensively, made more than half their shots from the field and shot 21 of 22 from the free-throw line in a 95-65 win at Pittsburg State (8-7, 2-4 MIAA) Saturday at John Lance Arena.
Mandi Schumacher scored a team-high 21 points in 20 minutes and led four Bearcats in double figures. Kelli Nelson and Lauren Williams scored 15 points each. Meghan Brue scored all 13 of her points in the second half.
It's the sixth time in nine games that Schumacher has scored 20 points or more. The league's most accurate shooter was 9 of 14 from the floor Saturday and had six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Nelson was 3 of 6 from 3-point range and moved within two 3's of Northwest's career record of 163. Combined, the Bearcats were 10 of 18 from behind the arc (.556) compared to 3 of 16 for PSU (.188).
Northwest led from start to finish and cruised to its sixth win in eight games. The Bearcats scored 46 points in the game's final 13 minutes after the Gorillas had cut the lead to eight, 49-41.
The first half was one of runs with the Bearcats scoring the first six points and the last nine points of the frame. Schumacher picked up where she left off Wednesday by making the first three shots she took and scoring her team's first eight points.
Northwest forced the Gorillas into three turnovers to start the game, including two shot-clock violations. The Bearcats had seven blocks in the first half, surpassing their season-high of six.
Jessica Burton had five rebounds and three assists in the first half. After back-to-back blocks by Andrea Dill and Williams, Burton found Dill streaking down the court for an easy two. She later hit Nelson for a fast-break layup. Burton drew a foul on the half's final possession and nailed both free throws.
Nelson started the 9-0 run to close the half with a pair of free throws. April Miller was given an open lane for an easy two, then kicked it out to Williams on the next possession for a 3. The Bearcats led 39-27 heading into the break.
Brue quickly got going in the second half, scoring seven of Northwest's first nine points. Her first 3 gave the Bearcats a 17-point lead with just over 15 minutes remaining.
The Gorillas, led by sophomore guard DePrice Taylor, scored 10 of the game's next 11 points and twice got to within eight points of the lead. Taylor had 21 points to lead PSU.
Nelson responded on the other end with a 3, then later dished to Williams in the lane for two more. Miller's steal-and-score moments later put the Bearcats in front 58-43 with less than 12 minutes to play.
Both teams were in the bonus for much of the second half and combined to hit 28 of 31 free throws. Northwest's lone miss was by Lindsey Bayer, who has now missed four of 53 free throws in her collegiate career (.923).
Up Next: Northwest travels to Kirksville, Mo., Wednesday to take on Truman at 5:30 p.m.
- Schumacher scored the first eight points for Northwest.
- Schumacher reached double-digit points by halftime. She's scored 10 or more points in eight of the last nine games, 10 times this season and 53 times in her career.
- Schumacher scored 21 points, surpassing 20 points for the second straight game, sixth time this season and 13th time in her career.
- Williams scored 15 points, tying her season-high.
- Toni Gordon played for the first time in seven games.
- Northwest forced Pittsburg State to two shot clock violations within the first two minutes.
- The Bearcats started the game on a 10-2 run. They ended the first half on a 9-0 run.
- The 39 points at halftime are the most for the Bearcats in a MIAA road contest since scoring 44 in the first half at Southwest Baptist Feb. 18, 2006.
- Northwest recorded four blocks by halftime and ended the game with a season-high seven (previous high was six vs. Angelo State on Dec. 17).
- Northwest defeated Pittsburg State by 30, the largest margin of victory for the Bearcats against the Gorillas (previous was 22 on Jan. 17, 2004 in a 76-54 victory.
- Northwest shot 21-of-22 (95.5) from the free-throw line, the highest percentage this season.
- The 93 points scored by Northwest are the most against Pittsburg State in the all-time series. (previous high was 88 on Jan. 12, 1994)
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