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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 13, 2009

Bearcats Start Final Push for MIAA Tournament

THE SERIES (MWSU LEADS 29-23)
-MWSU leads 16-7 when playing in St. Joseph
1/7/09: NWMSU 56, MWSU 52 (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. - With five games remaining in the regular season, Northwest Missouri State (7-15, 3-12 MIAA) can make a move up the standings with a win against rival Missouri Western (4-18, 4-12 MIAA) Saturday night at the Missouri Western Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

A win for Northwest and a loss for Southwest Baptist against No. 9 Washburn will move both Bearcat squads into a tie for eighth in the MIAA standings. Even if Northwest defeats Southwest Baptist at home Feb. 25 and the two teams end the season tied for eighth in the conference standings, Southwest Baptist possesses the tiebreaker with a win against No. 8 Emporia State. The top eight teams advance to Kansas City for the MIAA tournament.

Northwest is going for its first conference road win of the season and first season sweep of the Griffons since 2004. Missouri Western started the season 0-13, but has won its last two home games and three of the last four in the MWSU Fieldhouse.

Illness has taken its toll among the Bearcats, and will likely make an impact Saturday night. Amber Vandevender, who has 13 starts this season at point guard, is out indefinitely with mononucleosis. Rickeya McElroy has also been under the weather since the beginning of the week and tests to find the cause are still pending.

McElroy and Fort Hays State's Naomi Bancroft have both connected on their last 14 free throw attempts, the longest active streaks in the MIAA. Abby Henry has made her last nine attempts since Jan. 24 and is tied for the fifth-longest streak.

The Bearcats have shot 89.6 percent from the free-throw in the last four games and lead the MIAA and stand third among South Central Region teams with 76.1 percent. Missouri Western is shooting 65.1 percent from the line, the worst among the 11 MIAA teams.

Jessica Burton is averaging 20.7 points during the last three games and is shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line in that span. She's third among MIAA players with 81 percent from the free-throw line this season

For more information, please contact:

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

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