Feb. 27, 2010
Bearcats Defeat MSSU; Clinch Fifth-Seed
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State secured the No. 5-seed in next week's MIAA tournament with its win over Missouri Southern on Saturday 69-53. The Bearcats qualify for the tournament for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and have won it all twice under Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer.
After a sluggish first half for both squads in which Northwest shot just 27 percent from the floor but also forced 20 Lions' turnovers, Missouri Southern led at the break 28-26. The second half was a much different story for the Bearcats as they shot 48 percent from the floor and 57 percent from three-point land and led by as many as 21 points with 6:08 remaining.
Abby Henry led the Bearcats with 18 points and had four assists and two steals in the victory. Shelly Martin scored 14 of her 17 points after halftime and went perfect from the field in the second half hitting all four of her three-point shots. Gabby Curtis scored 15 dished out four helpers and had five rebounds in her first start in the last five games. Emily Hauder led the Bearcats off the bench with eight points.
For the game the Bearcats forced 31 Missouri Southern turnovers. The 31 turnovers is the most forced by Northwest since back in November against Missouri Valley. Missouri Southern shot 45 percent from the field but hit just 1-of-11 three-point attempts, while the Bearcats cashed in on 11-of-22 from downtown. Northwest would score 22 points off of Lion turnovers in the win.
Northwest (13-14, 9-11 MIAA) will play Pittsburg State next week in Kansas City in opening round action of the MIAA tournament. Tip is on Thursday afternoon at 2:15. The Bearcats fell both times to Pittsburg State this season. The first, 79-68 in Maryville and the second loss was a two-overtime heartbreaker in Pittsburg, Kan., 106-102.
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