Feb. 18, 2009
Henry's Free Throw Secures 67-66 Victory Against Bulldogs
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Abby Henry's free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining was the winning margin as Northwest Missouri State (8-16, 4-13 MIAA) moved into a tie for ninth in the MIAA standings with a 67-66 victory against Truman (6-19, 3-15 MIAA) tonight in Bearcat Arena. The two teams tied 12 times and exchanged the lead eight times.
Northwest held an 8-5 lead five minutes into the game before Truman answered with 7-0 run to take a 12-8 lead with 13 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs held Northwest without a field goal for more than five minutes and scored 11 unanswered points for a 32-25 lead with just more than three minutes remaining and maintained a 34-31 lead at halftime.
The Bearcats tied the Bulldogs seven times in the second half but couldn't take the lead until a pair of free throws from Jessica Burton with two minutes, four seconds remaining gave Northwest a 66-64 lead. Laura Joya tied the game on the next possession and the Bearcats missed three straight go-ahead shots before Joya pulled down a rebound with 39 seconds remaining. A missed jumper by Joya with 11 seconds left provided one last shot for Northwest.
After a timeout charged to Northwest on the Truman side of the court gave the Bearcats six seconds to work with, Henry drove the lane with 1.4 seconds left and drew the foul from Julie Guinn for two free throws. Henry made the first and missed the second as Joya grabbed the rebound but couldn't clear it for a desperation shot.
Burton led all players with 29 points and shot nine-of-11 from the field and connected on all eight free throw attempts. She is averaging 21 points and shooting 56 percent from the field in the last five games. She made one blocked shot and matched her season-best with four steals.
Henry matched season-highs with 13 points and five rebounds while providing three assists. Brue finished with 10 points and will need seven Saturday to move into 13th in career records.
Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer picked up win No. 499 tonight. Northwest won its fifth straight game against the Bulldogs in Bearcat Arena and improved to 49-12 against Truman all-time.
MIAA Standings Update: Southwest Baptist's 74-62 loss to Fort Hays State tonight moved both Bearcat squads into a tie for ninth in the MIAA standings. Northwest closes out the home schedule one week from tonight against Southwest Baptist, who would hold the tiebreaker with a win against the MIAA's top-ranked Emporia State. Northwest is now a game behind eighth-place Missouri Western, who had the bye in the MIAA schedule tonight.
Up Next: Northwest travels to Central Missouri Feb. 21 for a 2 p.m. meeting with the Jennies. Central Missouri lost 65-44 on the road in Omaha, Neb., tonight.
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