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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 20, 2008

Bearcats Begin Home Season with 33rd Winstead-Reeves Classic

Wayne Winstead Sherri Reeves
Wayne Winstead Sherri Reeves

Game Notes (.pdf) | Classic Schedule

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State begins the 2008-09 home season with the 2008 Winstead-Reeves Classic Nov. 21-22. Northwest (1-0) plays Evangel (1-3) Friday and William Jewell (4-0) Saturday in a pair of 7:30 p.m. contests.

Northwest is 52-10 in the Winstead-Reeves Classic and 12-0 all-time against this weekend's opponents. The Bearcats have won 16 straight home-opening contests since 1991.

Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer improved to 9-1 in season-opening contests with a 69-60 victory against the 2008 Division II national runner-up South Dakota Nov. 15. Freshman Tara Roach became the first Bearcat freshman since Meghan Brue and Chelsea Ernzen in 2004 to start a season-opener.

But it was another freshman, Shelly Martin, who led Northwest against the Coyotes. Martin scored 17 points off the bench, with 12 in the second half, as she went four-of-five from the three-point line.

Northwest opens the home season with Evangel for the second straight season. The Bearcats won 57-55 in 2007 after holding off the Crusaders who had cut a seven-point Northwest lead with six minutes remaining to a one-point Bearcat advantage with 46 seconds left. Evangel will count this game as an exhibition contest per NAIA guidelines.

William Jewell, however, will count their game as a regular-season contest. The Cardinals are in their first season as an NAIA Division I member and are receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll. William Jewell advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division II championships last season and is returning four starters from that squad.

Northwest will host a pair of neutral games as part of the classic. Briar Cliff will face William Jewell Nov. 21 and Evangel Nov. 22 in 5:30 p.m. games. Live stats for all four games will be available and live video for the two Northwest games will be streamed free through

About the Winstead-Reeves Classic

Formerly the Ryland Milner Classic which encompassed both men's and women's classics, the women's classic was added as part of the Northwest centennial in 2005 to honor 20-year head coach Wayne Winstead and the inaugural coach Sherri Reeves. The classic has been held continuously since 1976.

Meet Wayne Winstead

Winstead retired as the winningest coach in Northwest and MIAA history after the 1999 season. He won the 1984 MIAA championship and coached two NCAA tournament teams (1984, 1990). He was a two-time MIAA Coach of the Year (1984, 1990).

Winstead was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Northwest Missouri State M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility.

Winstead passed away Jan. 17, 2005. He will be represented this weekend by his wife Bonnie and his daughter, Northwest Assistant Professor Dr. Shelly (Winstead) Hiatt, who will both assist in the presentation of all-classic honors.

Meet Sherri Reeves

Reeves coached the first four women's basketball teams at Northwest and finished with a program-record .802 winning percentage. She won the 1972 MAIAW championship in the program's first season and finished fifth in the AIAW Region VI Championships.

After coaching, Reeves served 25 years as assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator before her retirement in 2001. She was inducted into the Northwest Missouri State M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility in 2005.

Reeves remains an active supporter of Bearcat athletics and will be on hand for the presentation of all-classic honors.

For more information, please contact:

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

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