Dec. 9, 2009
Bearcats Fall to Hays, Dietz Scores Career-High 28
HAYS, Kan.-Gentry Dietz scored a career-high 28 points, 20 of which came in the first half and pulled down 12 rebounds, but it was not enough as Northwest Missouri State fell Wednesday night in Hays, Kan., to Fort Hays State 66-76.
Dietz shot 10-of-15 and hit her first career three-pointer in the loss, she also went 7-7 from the free throw line. Gabby Curtis added 12 points and three steals, while Shelly Martin chipped in with 10 points.
In a game that featured six ties and nine lead changes the largest lead for either team up until the final minute of the game, was seven by Fort Hays with just under nine minutes to go in the opening half. Northwest shot 40 percent from the field and hit 6-of-21 three-point attempts. Fort Hays also got to the free-throw line much more than the Bearcats as Fort Hays hit 15-of-21 from the line to Northwest's 8-for-9 shooting.
Northwest had 17 second-chance points to Fort Hays' five, but the Bearcat bench was out-scored 27-10 and Fort Hays had five more points off of turnovers. Northwest's biggest lead of the game was 64-60 with just over four minutes to play in the game when Shelly Martin hit a three. Fort Hays would close out the game on a 16-2 run as the Bearcats went cold as that three-pointer would be the Bearcats' last field goal of the game.
Northwest (5-4, 1-2 MIAA) will look to get back on the winning track Saturday night as they host Nebraska-Omaha in Bearcat Arena. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m. with the Bearcat men to follow.
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