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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 25, 2008

Former MIAA Members Meet Again Tonight

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State (2-1) faces a once familiar foe tonight as the Bearcats travel to the Mark Twain Building to take on Missouri-St. Louis (1-1) tonight at 7 p.m. The Tritons (formerly the Riverwomen) were MIAA members until 1996 when they moved to the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

It's the second straight game against an MIAA member for Missouri-St. Louis after dropping a 70-53 game to No. 3 Washburn Nov. 19. That game was a homecoming for head coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor, who spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Lady Blues in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

Northwest holds a 21-7 lead in the overall series and have won the last three contests. In the last meeting Feb. 14, 1996, the Bearcats regained the lead with 94 seconds remaining to claim a 80-77 win.

Missouri-St. Louis went 7-20 in Curliss-Taylor's first season, but did record a 56-51 win against eventual NCAA national champion Northern Kentucky. The Tritons were picked to finish fifth of six teams in the West Division of the GLVC.

The Bearcats are out-stealing opponents in five of their last six games dating back to last season and are third in the MIAA in three-point field goal percentage defense. Rickeya McElroy, who made her first start of the season against William Jewell Nov. 22, is tied for third in the league with 2.33 blocked shots per game.

Meghan Brue is second among MIAA players with 18 points per game, helped in part by a 30-point performance against Evangel Nov. 21. She's also 10th with 7.7 rebounds per game and a .442 field goal percentage.

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

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