March 13, 2008
Northwest Looks to Play Cinderella
CANYON, TEXAS - The No. 8 Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team will face No. 1 (No. 10 nationally) West Texas A&M for the second straight year in the opening round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Last year Northwest matched up with the Lady Buffs in St. Joseph, Mo., in the first round. This year they will play West Texas A&M on their home floor, First United Bank Center, and look to continue to play the underdog role that got them into the Tournament.
The Bearcats have played the Lady Bluffs two times in the NCAA Tournament, losing both matchups, and are 0-4 all-time against West Texas A&M. It's just the second time Northwest will play the Lady Bluffs in Caynon, Texas.
The four-player senior class, that has racked up 63 wins over the past four years, will look for number 64 to extend their season. In order to do so, Northwest will have to contain Daktronics South Central Region's Player of the Year Emily Brister, who averages 21.8 points per game and shoots 47.3 percent from the field. Brister scored 20 points in last years matchup, 14 coming the in second half.
April Miller, along with other guards, will more than likely draw the challenge of trying to stop Brister. If Northwest can play the same pesky, physical defense that got Northwest into the postseason, they will have an excellent chance to surprise the host Lady Buffs.
West Texas A&M has won 10 games in a row and 17 of their last 18, but the Bearcats are playing some the of the best team basketball they've played all season.
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