Dec. 22, 2008
Bearcats Face Rebels in Final Non-Conference Game
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Two days of sightseeing now leads to a day of business as Northwest Missouri State (4-5) makes the two-hour trip out of Las Vegas to meet Dixie State (5-5) for the first time in program history. Tip-off from Burns Arena in St. George, Utah, is set for 6:30 p.m. CST.
Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer will be meeting his former assistant Angela Kristensen, who is in her third season at Dixie State. She has led the Rebels during the transition from junior college play to their first full season of Division II membership this season.
The Rebels have won four of their last five games and nine of their last 10 home games dating back to last season. The two teams share a common opponent this season in South Dakota. Dixie State lost 80-62 against the Coyotes Nov. 29, while the Bearcats claimed a 69-50 win in the season-opener.
This is the second straight season Northwest will face a team out of the Pacific West Conference. The Bearcats defeated Chaminade 108-40 last season in the Hoop N Surf Classic in Hawaii as six players scored in double figures.
Rickeya McElroy enters today with 18 blocked shots, three away from tying for ninth in program season records. Dixie State has allowed 30 blocked shots in 10 games this season, including a season-high eight blocked shots in an overtime win against Western Washington last Friday.
Another 10 points from Meghan Brue will extend her scoring streak of 10 or more points to nine games, the longest for any Bearcat in three years since Laura Friederich put together a 12-game streak in 2005 (spanning two seasons). Brue is 20 rebounds away from becoming the 17th Bearcat with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in her career.
About Dixie State
The Rebels were picked to finish second in the Pacific West Conference in the league's preseason poll after finishing third in conference standings last season. Three players are averaging better than 10 points per game this season, led by junior Jessie Ingraham's 10.7.
Dixie State leads the PacWest in three-point field goal percentage defense (.287) and three-pointers made with 6.5 per game. The Rebels are one of two PacWest teams outscoring opponents this season (Hawaii-Hilo - +6.4).
Tanya Clark is the only player from Dixie State to earn Pacific West Player of the Week honors this season, after leading the Rebels to a 3-0 mark from Dec. 1-7.
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