Feb. 4, 209
Bearcats Eclipse Century Mark in Double Overtime Victory Against Mavericks
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Four Bearcats scored in double-figures and scored 14 of a program-record 16 three-pointers in the first double-overtime game since 1993 as Northwest Missouri State (7-14, 3-11 MIAA) snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 102-96 victory against Nebraska-Omaha (9-10, 5-8 MIAA).
It's the first double-overtime game for Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer at Northwest, who picked up career victory No. 498. It's the first double-overtime win for the Bearcats since Feb. 18, 1987 (92-88 at Missouri S&T) and first home double-overtime win since upsetting No. 2 Central Missouri 112-102 Jan. 25, 1984.
After trailing 42-33 at halftime, the Bearcats used an 11-4 run to pull within two points at 46-44 with 16:58 remaining in regulation. Northwest held the Mavericks to one field goal for the first nine minutes of the second half before Mary Brown made a three-pointer to provide a six-point Maverick lead.
Tara Roach used her lone three-pointer of the night to spark a six-point Bearcat rally and Shelly Martin's jumper with 4:22 remaining provided the first Northwest lead of the second half at 69-67.
Nebraska-Omaha would tie the game on a pair of free throws from Cayla Hargrove and take the lead off a three-pointer from Alyssa Green. The Bearcats would trail by four points with 1:13 remaining before Micaela Uriell answered with a three-pointer to cut the Maverick lead to one point with 57 seconds remaining.
Amanda Brodsack's layup provided another three-point Maverick lead with 43 seconds left, and after a missed three-pointer from Jessica Burton, Uriell grabbed the steal from LaToya Wright and tied the game with 27 seconds left. Green would travel while attempting the potential game-winner as time expired to send the game into overtime.
A five-point Northwest lead halfway through the first overtime period wouldn't hold and Nebraska-Omaha would score seven unanswered points to take an 89-87 lead with 53 seconds remaining. Brodsack's missed free throws at 42 seconds, coupled with a foul eight seconds later, would allow Burton to tie the game with 34 seconds remaining before Wright's overthrown pass with eight seconds left sent the game into double overtime.
The Mavericks scored the first three points of the second overtime period before an 8-0 Bearcat run provided a five-point cushion with 2:24 remaining at 97-94. After shooting 45 percent from the field, Nebraska-Omaha would only make one of their next seven field goal attempts as Northwest claimed a 102-96 victory.
Burton led Northwest with a career-high 32 points and shot four-of-eight from the three-point line and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. She made a season-high six assists, including an assist for Uriell's game-tying three-pointer to send the game into the first overtime.
Meghan Brue scored 26 points, her most in MIAA play this season, on four-of-five three-point shooting. She moves into a tie for 14th in career records (1,198), seventh in career three-pointers (81) and 10th in career steals (121).
Uriell scored 12 points, all off three-pointers, and recorded seven rebounds and a career-best five assists. Martin reached double-digit points for the first time in four games with 10 tonight and matched a career-best with six assists.
Hargrove led the Mavericks with 32 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and shot four-of-six on three-pointers. Brodsack finished with 15 points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists.
Up Next: Northwest stays at home Feb. 7 to host Pittsburg State in a 1:30 p.m. contest. The Gorillas defeated Southwest Baptist 90-87 last night in Bolivar, Mo.
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