Jan. 30, 2010
Dietz Has Career Day in Win Against Fort Hays State
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Gentry Dietz scored a career-high 37 points and hauled down a career-best 16 rebounds as Northwest Missouri State pounded Fort Hays State 75-54. Dietz's 37 points is the fourth most in Bearcat Arena history and is tied for the third most points in Northwest program history. Kelly Leintz holds the record with 39 points against Truman back in Feb. of 1988.
In two games this season against Fort Hays, Dietz averaged 32.5 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks on 66 percent shooting and was 12-for-13 from the free-throw line.
Dietz went 15-of-23 from the field and hit 7-of-8 free-throw attempts Saturday. Dietz also had five blocks in the contest. Abby Henry added 14 points and four rebounds, while Ashley Thayer had a career-high 12 points on 4-for-9 from three-point range. Shelly Martin dished out a career-high eight assists, the most for a Bearcat this season and also added six boards, two steals and two blocks.
Northwest led by as many as 13 in the opening half and took a 35-25 lead into halftime. The Bearcats opened the second half on a 14-2 run and also led by as many as 26 points with just under seven minutes remaining in the game.
The Bearcats shot 41 percent from the field and went 13-for-14 from the charity stripe (93 percent). Northwest held Fort Hays State to just 28 percent shooting and held the MIAA's leading scorer, Naomi Bancroft, to 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting.
Northwest was dominant inside thanks to Dietz, as the Bearcats had 48 points in the paint to the Tigers' 14. Northwest also had 21 second-chance points compared to Fort Hays State's eight, and out-rebounded Hays 54-35.
Northwest (11-9, 7-6 MIAA) will travel to Nebraska-Omaha Wednesday to face the Mavericks. Northwest defeated UNO back in December, 78-69. Gabby Curtis, who did not play Saturday against Fort Hays State, scored a career-high 27 points in her first meeting against Nebraska-Omaha.
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