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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 15, 2008

Storybook Season Comes to an End

Box Score

CANYON, Texas - The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team ended its Cinderella run tonight at the First United Bank Center, dropping an 83-71 decision to Emporia State. The Bearcats led at the half, 41-36, but were outscored 47-30 in the second half.

The Bearcats end their season 18-14 and the Hornets (23-7) move on to play Washburn on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in the regional championship.

The Bearcats started very hot, hitting 8-of-9 from the field, and taking a 10-2 early lead. Northwest maintained its lead through much of the half, thanks in part to 15 first-half points by Mandi Schumacher, but Emporia State would tie the game at 34 with 3:55 left before halftime.

Kelli Nelson's steal and score capped a 5-0 run for the Bearcats just before the break. Northwest entered the locker room with a 41-36 lead.

The Lady Hornets knotted the game at 46 early in the second half and took the lead on their next possession for the first time in the ball game. The Bearcats countered with a 6-0 run and led 52-48 after a 3-pointer from Lauren Williams with 15:51 remaining.

The Hornets followed the mini-Bearcat run with the same 6-0 run of their own and led 54-52 at the 13:26 mark. Two free throws by Hornet forward Michelle Stueve knotted the game at 56 before a Meghan Brue jumper and Micaela Uriell trey gave Northwest a 61-56 margin.

Emporia State's 12-4 run, over the next four-and-a-half minutes, gave the Hornets a 68-65 lead. The Bearcats would knock down just two field goals down the stretch and were outscored 15-4 in the last 6:37.

Schumacher led Northwest with 17 points and Brue chipped in 14 points despite a hip injury early in the second half. Nelson contributed 10 points with two 3-pointers.

Northwest gave up 22 points in the paint in the second half after allowing just eight in the first half.

Emporia got 69 of their 83 points from four players as Stueve led all scorers with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

• Coach Steinmeyer is now 1-3 in the NCAA tournament
• Bearcats are 2-5 all-time in the NCAA tournament
• Northwest set a school record with 204 trey's
• Kelli Nelson set a season record with 78 3-pointers
• The Bearcats have lost nine in-a-row to Emporia State

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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