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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 12, 2008

Bearcats to Play in First MIAA Basketball Game at Sapp Fieldhouse

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - Two Northwest Missouri State players will have a chance to reach 1,000 career points as the Bearcats (4-4, 0-2) travel to Nebraska-Omaha (2-4, 0-2) Dec. 13 for a 4 p.m. game at Sapp Fieldhouse. It will be the first MIAA basketball contest held in Omaha, Neb., as the Mavericks begin their first basketball season as MIAA members.

Amber Vandevender needs a field goal to record with 1,000th career point. The senior guard accumulated 847 points in two seasons at North Central Missouri College before scoring 151 in 26 games with Northwest beginning last season. She leads the Bearcats with 27 assists and is ninth among MIAA players with 2.25 steals per game this season.

Seven points by Meghan Brue will make her the 22nd Bearcat to score 1,000 points in a Northwest uniform. She's compiled seven straight games with 10 or more points and is among the MIAA leaders in points (5th), rebounds (12th), field goal percentage (7th) and steals (7th). Another double-digit scoring night will extend her streak to eight games, the longest since streak for Northwest since Mandi Schumacher did the same from Nov. 17-Dec. 9, 2006.

Rickeya McElroy is three blocks away from tying for ninth in season program records. She's second in the MIAA with 2.25 blocks per game and is on pace to break Sarah Vollertsen's 2004 record of 55 by the end of the regular season. McElroy is the only other Bearcat beside Brue to average more than 10 points and five rebounds per game this season.

About the Mavericks:
Nebraska-Omaha is also 0-2 in the MIAA, with both losses coming on the road to Washburn and Fort Hays State. Senior forward Amanda Brodsack is leading the Mavericks with 12.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. At 2-4 overall this season, the only wins for Nebraska-Omaha has been against NAIA teams, while all four losses have come against Division II opponents.

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