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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 6, 2009

Northwest Women Start New Year with Missouri Western

THE SERIES (MWSU LEADS 29-22)
-Series tied 12-12 when playing in Maryville
2/27/08: MWSU 69, NWMSU (Maryville)
1/9/08: NWMSU 78, MWSU 74 (St. Joseph)
3/3/07: MWSU 68, NWMSU 58 (Kansas City)
2/21/07: MWSU 77, NWMSU 58 (St. Joseph)
1/3/07: MWSU 72, NWMSU 69 (Maryville)
2/15/06: MWSU 80, NWMSU 67 (St. Joseph)
1/11/06: NWMSU 83, MWSU 69 (Maryville)
2/23/05: MWSU 84, NWMSU 70 (St. Joseph)
1/5/05: NWMSU 92, MWSU 73 (Maryville)
2/25/04: NWMSU 67, MWSU 66 (Maryville)
1/7/04: NWMSU 69, MWSU 53 (St. Joseph)
3/1/03: MWSU 86, NWMSU 79 (St. Joseph)
12/30/02: MWSU 87, NWMSU 72 (Maryville)
2/4/02: NWMSU 64, MWSU 63 (Maryville)
1/7/02: MWSU 83, NWMSU 54 (St. Joseph)
2/10/01: MWSU 105, NWMSU 64 (St. Joseph)
1/13/01: MWSU 87, NWMSU 70 (Maryville)
2/12/00: MWSU 78, NWMSU 69 (Maryville)
1/15/00: MWSU 88, NWMSU 61 (St. Joseph)
2/20/99: MWSU 94, NWMSU 69 (St. Joseph)
1/27/99: MWSU 90, NWMSU 66 (Maryville)
2/21/98: MWSU 80, NWMSU 73 (Maryville)
1/28/98: MWSU 69, NWMSU 59 (St. Joseph)
2/22/97: NWMSU 67, MWSU 60 (St. Joseph)
1/29/97: MWSU 64, NWMSU 53 (Maryville)
2/3/96: NWMSU 90, MWSU 79 (Maryville)
2/4/95: MWSU 93, NWMSU 71 (St. Joseph)
1/5/94: MWSU 84, NWMSU 40 (Maryville)
1/20/93: MWSU 78, NWMSU 67 (St. Joseph)
2/12/92: NWMSU 73, MWSU 66 (St. Joseph)
1/22/92: NWMSU 69, MWSU 59 (Maryville)
2/13/91: NWMSU 68, MWSU 56 (Maryville)
1/23/91: NWMSU 81, MWSU 62 (St. Joseph)
2/14/90: MWSU 80, NWMSU 68 (St. Joseph)
1/24/90: NWMSU 80, MWSU 51 (Maryville)
12/7/88: MWSU 81, NWMSU 74 (Maryville)
11/28/88: MWSU 73, NWMSU 40 (St. Joseph)
12/9/87: NWMSU 71, MWSU 69 (St. Joseph)
11/30/87: NWMSU 73, MWSU 55 (Maryville)
1/7/87: MWSU 76, NWMSU 67 (Maryville)
12/1/86: NWMSU 82, MWSU 76 (St. Joseph) - OT
1/6/86: MWSU 87, NWMSU 84 (St. Joseph)
12/3/85: NWMSU 87, MWSU 71 (Maryville)
11/27/84: MWSU 81, NWMSU 69 (St. Joseph)
11/21/83: NWMSU 85, MWSU 71 (Maryville)
12/11/82: MWSU 77, NWMSU 65 (St. Joseph)
11/30/81: MWSU 80, NWMSU 71 (Maryville)
2/12/75: NWMSU 104, MWSU 19 (Maryville)
1973-74: NWMSU 59, MWSU 31
1973-74: NWMSU 74, MWSU 42
1973-74: NWMSU 65, MWSU 43

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - After receiving the bye in the MIAA schedule last weekend, Northwest Missouri State (5-7, 1-4 MIAA) begins the new year with rival-Missouri Western (0-12, 0-6 MIAA) Wednesday night in Bearcat Arena. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.

The Griffons will be searching for their first win of the season while the Bearcats are looking to make it back-to-back MIAA home wins after a 55-50 win against Fort Hays State Dec. 29. A win for Northwest will also snap a two-game losing skid to Missouri Western at home. The two teams split last season's series with both winning on their opponent's court.

Rickeya McElroy enters the game with 20 blocked shots and needs one to tie for ninth in season program records. She's averaging 1.67 per game, good for fifth among MIAA players, and is on pace to finish second in program records with 46. She's also listed in the conference statistics for points (18th) and free-throw percentage (sixth).

Micaela Uriell is coming off a career-performance at Pittsburg State, where she scored 21 points on five-of-seven shooting from beyond the three-point arc and grabbed nine rebounds. The senior is averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in her last five games.

Northwest is on pace to set the program season record for free-throw percentage with a 75.7 percent mark from the charity stripe this season. The Bearcats have shot better than 70 percent in 10 of its 12 games this season, a mark equaled in the MIAA only by No. 10 Emporia State.

Meghan Brue is returning home for the first time since breaking the Bearcat Arena rebounding record with 20 against Fort Hays State. She's had eight or more rebounds in the past four games to move her from 12th to third in MIAA statistics in that span. Brue has also scored 10 or more points in the last 11 games, the longest stretch since Denise Sump put together a 17-game streak in 2000.

Scouting the Griffons
Jessica Koch leads Missouri Western with 12.7 points per game, one of three averaging in double figures. Tierra Ford is averaging a team-best 5.7 rebounds along with 10.9 points and has had two double-doubles this season, both against MIAA opponents (Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State). Lauren Nolke is averaging 10.7 points this season, but in her six conference starts, has 11.5 points per game and has grabbed 10 of her 11 steals during the MIAA season.

Missouri Western is third in the league in blocked shots with four per game, with nearly half coming from sophomore Rachel Luteyn (1.92 bpg).

For more information, please contact:

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

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