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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 17, 2009

McElroy Scores 25 in 82-79 Loss to Southwest Baptist

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BOLIVAR, Mo. - Rickeya McElroy scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field, but Northwest Missouri State (6-10, 2-7 MIAA) couldn't overcome 10 three-pointers from Southwest Baptist (7-9, 4-5 MIAA) in a 82-79 loss in Meyer Sports Center tonight.

Three different Northwest players scored 10 of the game's first 12 before the purple Bearcats answered with a 9-1 run to tie the game at 11-11 six minutes into play. A jumper in the paint by Micaela Uriell provided a six-point lead for Northwest with 8:18 left in the first half, but Southwest Baptist answered back and managed to take a narrow 42-40 lead into halftime.

Shelly Martin led all players with 13 points in the first half and shared the game-lead with four rebounds. McElroy picked up two blocked shots in the first 20 minutes to move into a tie for sixth in all-time season records.

Southwest Baptist maintained its lead through the first nine minutes, 40 seconds of the second half before a jumper from McElroy provided a 59-58 lead for the green Bearcats. Both teams exchanged the lead and couldn't gain a lead of more than a possession until a four-point lead for the purple Bearcats with 1:44 remaining.

Abby Henry, playing in her first game since injuring a hamstring Monday, made a layup 27 seconds later to bring Northwest within two points at 78-76. A pair of free throws from Southwest Baptist's Rachel Graves increased the lead back to four points at 80-76 before Martin nailed a three-pointer with 28 seconds left to bring the green Bearcats within one at 80-79. Southwest Baptist made two of its next four free throws to secure the win.

McElroy finished with seven rebounds. Martin matched her career-high with 17 points and made five assists and three steals.

Meghan Brue ended with 15 points for her 15th straight game with double-digit points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Uriell finished with 13 points to record her seventh game this season with 10 or more points.

Up Next: Northwest reaches the halfway point of the MIAA season with the start of a three-game homestand Jan. 21 against Missouri Southern. The Lions defeated Nebraska-Omaha 72-40 earlier today in Omaha, Neb., and will enter Bearcat Arena next week with a three-game winning streak.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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