Feb. 27, 2008
Western Stuns Northwest on Senior Night
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Lauren Williams scored a season-high 18 points in the last home game of her career, but it wasn't enough to get a win Wednesday. Tierra Ford scored 24 points off the bench to lead Missouri Western to a 69-66 win.
The win keeps the Griffons' (11-14, 6-11 MIAA) hopes alive for an MIAA tournament berth. A win against Missouri Southern Saturday at home would secure a spot. The loss drops the Bearcats (14-12, 9-8) into a tie for fourth place in the standings. Northwest will likely have to win the MIAA tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
Williams hit four 3-pointers in the game, but the rest of the team was 5-for-23. The Griffons were 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and overcame 23 turnovers to win for the second time in their last 10 games.
Northwest had two chances to tie in the final two minutes. Meghan Brue missed a 3-pointer with just more than a minute left to play, but Williams tipped to Brue on the rebound and Brue scored to bring the Bearcats within one, 67-66, with 1:05 remaining.
Ford missed a 3-pointer on the Griffs ensuing possession, but stole the ball on the defensive end and coasted for a layup and a three-point lead.
Williams missed a two-point jumper on the Bearcats' next possession, but Yanique Javois missed a break-away layup on the other end. Northwest rebounded the miss and called timeout with six seconds remaining. Kelli Nelson hurried a 3 from the corner that bounced off the rim as time expired.
Javois scored 10 second-half points and finished with 16 for the Griffs. Jill Johnson sat most of the first half with two fouls, but scored 14 second-half points and finished with 18. Missouri Western trailed 31-23 at the break.
Brue had 16 points and six rebounds for Northwest. Mandi Schumacher had 10 points and nine rebounds. Williams had six of the Bearcats' 18 steals in the contest. Miller had four points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
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