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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 12, 2009

Bearcats Even Conference Mark With Win Over UNO

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Gabby Curtis scored a career-high 27 points to lead Northwest Missouri State to a 78-69 victory over Nebraska-Omaha Saturday evening in Maryville. 22 of Curtis' points came in the second half where she shot 8-of-12 from the floor. Curtis also led the Bearcats with five steals and added four boards and three assists.

Gentry Dietz had her second consecutive double-double with 17 points and hauling down a career-best 14 rebounds. Dietz also had a career-high six blocks in the win. Abby Henry had 13 points of her own and Emily Hauder added 10 on a perfect 4-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, Hauder also had six rebounds.

Northwest shot 41 percent in the ballgame while playing stingy defense on UNO forcing 21 Maverick turnovers and 36 percent shooting from the field. After seven lead changes and three ties in the first half alone, Northwest found themselves trailing 28-29 after a sloppy opening half by both teams. UNO held the lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Shelly Martin hit a three-pointer to give the Bearcats the lead at 48-46 with 9:58 remaining. Northwest would proceed to go on a 26-13 run and wouldn't trail the rest of the game.

The Bearcats shot a season-low 21 percent from three-point land and 65 percent from the free throw line. However Northwest did hit 23 free-throws to UNO's 11.

Northwest (6-4, 2-2 MIAA) is off for the holidays and doesn't play again until Dec. 30 when the Bearcats host Pittsburg State at 5:30 p.m. in Bearcat Arena as part of a men's and women's MIAA double-header.

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