Feb. 28, 2009
Valiant Effort Falls Short in Joplin
JOPLIN, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State competed evenly for 30 minutes, but Missouri Southern pulled away for a 74-59 win at the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.
A win would've allowed the Bearcats a chance to defend their MIAA tournament title, but the loss ends the team's season at 9-18 overall and 5-15 in the MIAA. It's the first time in seven seasons Northwest has failed to qualify for the tournament.
Missouri Southern (18-9, 12-8 MIAA) got a season-high 28 points off its bench from junior Jolea Apon, who made 7-of-11 three-pointers. Danielle DeVader made five three's and had 25 points for the Lions.
Apon scored nine points during a 15-3 run that allowed the Lions to pull away from a 43-43 tie midway through the second half. Missouri Southern shot 54 percent in the second half and 44 percent for the game. The Lions finished with 13 three-pointers.
Northwest trailed by eight late in the first half, but used three Shelly Martin treys to close the gap to one at halftime. Her fourth three of the half came from between the half court and 3-point line as time expired.
Martin made all four of her shots from the field and led Northwest with 12 points Saturday. Meghan Brue had 11 points and eight rebounds in her final collegiate game. Brue's 381 points this season eclipses her personal best by one.
Abby Henry scored 10 points and handed out a season-best six assists. Micaela Uriell had eight points and nine rebounds and Jessica Burton added six points for the Bearcats.
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