Feb. 23, 2008
Northwest Tops Southern; Clinches MIAA Bid
JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State got double-doubles from Mandi Schumacher and Meghan Brue and clinched a spot in the MIAA tournament with a 73-62 win against Missouri Southern Saturday at Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The Bearcats scored their first win on the road in six games and moved into fourth place in the MIAA standings.
Schumacher finished with a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds. Brue made some tough jumpers down the stretch and ended with 15 points and 10 boards. It's the first double-double this season for Brue and the sixth for Schumacher.
The Bearcats took advantage of some early Southern foul trouble and scored on six of their final nine possessions of the first half to take a 37-33 lead into the break. Lion post players Fatai Hala'Api'Api and Tynesha Pierce sat the final six minutes of the half with two fouls each.
Schumacher scored the first two points of the second half and Lauren Williams' steal-and-score quickly pushed the advantage to eight. Northwest led the entire second half.
An 8-0 Southern run, capped by an India Wood 3-pointer, brought the Lions within one, 46-45, with 12 minutes left. It was the first field goal of the game for Wood, who scored a team-high 13 points in a one-point Missouri Southern win in Maryville back on Jan. 16. Kelli Nelson provided strong exterior defense and held Wood to nine points.
Northwest answered with a basket from Andrea Dill and then a 3 from the corner by Dill, who contributed nine points in seven minutes off the bench.
April Miller drilled her first 3-pointer of the season moments later and the Northwest lead was back to seven. It was just the second 3 she'd attempted in the last 15 games. Miller had a team-best four assists and a steal.
Brue completed a three-point play, then hit a tough eight-footer with the shot clock winding down to make it 61-51 Bearcats with less than five minutes remaining. Brue scored nine points in the game's final six minutes.
As a team, the Lions had four rebounds more than the combined total of Schumacher and Brue. The Bearcats had a 38-26 advantage on the glass and scored 14 second-chance points.
Jessica Burton hit the first two 3-pointers she took and scored eight of the Bearcats' first 19 points. She was 3 of 6 from the field and reached double digits for the seventh time this season.
Pierce scored 16 points on 5 of 14 shooting to pace the Lions. Hala'Api'Api had eight points and five rebounds.
Up Next: Northwest will honor its seniors on the team's final home game of the season Wednesday against Missouri Western. Game time at Bearcat Arena is 5:30 p.m.
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