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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 29, 2008

Brue Sets Arena Rebound Mark to Lead Northwest Past Tigers

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - Meghan Brue broke the Bearcat Arena record with a career-best 20 rebounds and added another 19 points for her fifth career double-double as Northwest Missouri State snapped a four-game losing streak with a 55-50 victory against Fort Hays State tonight at Bearcat Arena.

Northwest (5-6, 1-3 MIAA) and Fort Hays State (6-4, 2-1 MIAA) tied eight times and exchanged the lead five times during the first half. After Abby Henry missed a three-pointer with five seconds remaining, Micaela Uriell grabbed the rebound and made the jumper to provide a 28-26 halftime lead for the Bearcats.

A three-pointer from Naomi Bancroft provided a four-point lead for the Tigers, their largest of the second half, with 10:41 left in the game. Neither team led by more than five points during the entire game, with the Bearcats gaining the five-point winning margin off a three-pointer from Jessica Burton with 42 seconds remaining.

Brue's 20 rebounds pushed her to a career total of 509 as she becomes the 17th Bearcat with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Her performance tonight is sixth in program records and the best by any Bearcat since 1997.

Erica Biel led three Fort Hays State players in double-figures with 13 points. She earned the double-double with 13 rebounds and accounted for half of the Tigers' 12 blocked shots.

Up Next: Northwest will experience only one day of rest as the Bearcats head to Pittsburg State Dec. 31 for a 1 p.m. game at John Lance Arena. The Gorillas fell 66-56 to Central Missouri on the road tonight.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468