Dec. 2, 2008
Bearcats Begin MIAA Season with No. 12 Hornets
MARYVILLE, Mo. - A chance to extend its road win streak to four games awaits Northwest Missouri State women's basketball as the Bearcats (4-2) open the MIAA season at No. 12 Emporia State (5-1) Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in White Auditorium. The Hornets have won 12 straight games at White and have outscored opponents by an average of more than 50 points in the first five home games of the 2008-09 season.
Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer is 3-1 when starting the MIAA season on the road, which includes a 81-66 win at Emporia State Jan. 2, 2002. Steinmeyer is making his way closer to victory No. 500, and with 495 wins, he is the eighth winningest coach among his active Division II peers.
Wednesday will be a rematch of the 2008 NCAA South Central Regional semifinal game, but Emporia State will be without the contributions of All-American Michele Stueve, who combined for 65 points against the Bearcats in three games last season. But four Hornets are averaging double figures through the first six games, led by junior guard Cassondra Boston's 13.8 per game. Emporia State has eclipsed 100 points three times this season.
Meghan Brue is leading the Northwest offense through the first six games and her 92 points this season is second among MIAA players. She's averaging 15.3 points per game, good for fifth in the MIAA, and needs 33 points to become the 22nd Bearcat with 1,000 career points.
The top three blockers in the MIAA will be on the same court Wednesday night, as Rickeya McElroy (2 bpg) meets Emporia State's Alli Vollikens (3 bpg) and Ida Edwards (1.83 bpg). McElroy already has 12 blocks, 10 coming in her four starts, and is already nine away from tying for ninth in program season records.
Wednesday's game will be the start of back-to-back nationally-ranked opponents, as the Bearcats will be on the road again to face No. 2 Wasburn Dec. 6.
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