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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 30, 2009

Northwest Goes for Season Sweep of Fort Hays State

THE SERIES (NWMSU LEADS 7-2)
-NWMSU leads 2-1 when playing in Hays
12/29/08: NWMSU 55, FHSU 50 (Maryville)
3/1/08: FHSU 69, NWMSU 59 (Hays)
1/5/08: NWMSU 67, FHSU 50 (Maryville)
2/24/07: NWMSU, FHSU 77 (Maryville)
12/30/06: NWMSU 70, FHSU 62 (Hays)
11/28/92: FHSU 80, NWMSU 69 (Topeka)
12/7/86: NWMSU 82, FHSU 65 (Hays)
1/8/86: NWMSU 81, FHSU 70 (Maryville)
11/28/82: NWMSU 78, FHSU 65 (Omaha)

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MARYVILLE, Mo. - Something will have to give as Northwest Missouri State (6-12, 2-10 MIAA) seeks to end a six-game losing streak Saturday night with a road trip to Fort Hays State (8-10, 4-7 MIAA), who has lost its last five games.

The Bearcats won 55-50 Dec. 29 at home and held the Tigers to a season-low 50 points. Fort Hays State entered that game averaging 72.6 points, but is averaging 62 points in the eight games since.

Meghan Brue grabbed a career-high and arena record 20 rebounds in the Dec. 29 game. She's averaging 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in five career games against Fort Hays State since the Tigers joined the MIAA in 2006-07. Brue is fourth in the conference in rebounding average and fifth in scoring with 289 points.

Rickeya McElroy and Micaela Uriell have connected on their last eight free-throw attempts, good for the seventh-longest active streak in the MIAA. Uriell leads the Bearcats with 82.6 percent at the line, while McElroy sits ninth among conference players with 76.7 percent. Fort Hays State's Erica Biel has made her last nine attempts and is tied for the third-longest active streak going into Saturday's game.

McElroy leads Northwest with 32 blocks and is fifth in the conference with a 1.68 average. She's on pace to finish second in season records and 10th in career records with 46. McElroy will have to contend with Biel, who leads the MIAA and is eighth in Division II with 2.72 blocked shots this season (49 total).

McElroy is leading Northwest with 17.3 points, a .560 field goal percentage and 6.5 rebounds in the last four games. She's surpassed 20 points in three of the last four games.

Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer is 4-1 in his Northwest coaching career against Fort Hays State, but his history with Fort Hays dates back to 1987-88 when he lost 76-70 in his fourth season at Doane College. After that loss, Steinmeyer would go on and record Doane's first 20-win season to start a 12-season streak of 20-wins seasons. A win against Fort Hays this Saturday will be No. 498 for Steinmeyer, who is the seventh among his active Division II peers in career victories.

For more information, please contact:

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

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