Feb. 13, 2010
Northwest Hits 15 Three-Pointers as They Bury Missouri Western
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State hit 15 three-pointers, one shy of tying the program record for threes in a game, in its 103-73 win Saturday afternoon over rival Missouri Western (5-12, 7-17) in Bearcat Arena. Six Bearcats scored in double-figures as Northwest shot a season-high 52 percent from beyond the arc and shot 51 percent overall from the field, which is the Bearcats' second-highest output of the season.
The 103 points is the most this season by the Bearcats and their highest point total since December of 2007 when they scored 108 points in a win against Chaminade.
Shelly Martin led all scorers in the game by tying a career-high with 23 points. Martin hit 5-of-9 from three-point land. Abby Henry had 16 points and six assists, while Gentry Dietz had 12 points and 13 boards to give her four double-doubles in the last five games. Gabby Curtis came off of the bench and added 13 points. Freshmen Emily Hauder and Ashley Thayer had 12 and 10 points respectively.
The Bearcats trailed 18-22 with 11 minutes to go in the opening half, but that's when things started to heat up for Northwest as they out-scored the Griffons 37-11 to end the half and took a 55-33 lead into halftime. The Bearcats hit seven three-pointers in the final 10:48 to end the first half. Northwest's 10 three-pointers in the first half were more than the Bearcats have made in an entire game all season. Coming into the ballgame Northwest was averaging 5.5 three-pointers made per game.
The second half was more of the same as the Bearcats opened the final half on a 23-8 run and led by as many as 37 points in the game with 13:44 remaining. Northwest shot 62 percent from the field in the second, and also had a season-high 26 assists in the victory. The Bearcats had 32 points in the paint, while adding 19 second-chance points compared to Missouri Western's six. Kayla Vice led Missouri Western with 20 points and four assists.
Northwest (12-11, 8-8 MIAA) will travel to Kirksville, Mo., on Feb. 17 to face Truman in its next matchup. Northwest beat the Bulldogs 68-65 back in January thanks to a last-second three-point bucket by Martin.
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