March 6, 2010
Bearcats Bow Out to Top-Seeded Washburn
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State's season came to an end Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., as the Bearcats were defeated in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament by top-seeded Washburn 80-66.
Northwest was led by Abby Henry's 25 points and three assists. Gabby Curtis added 11 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
The Bearcats got off to a slow start missing on their first 10 shots and shooting 24 percent in the first half as Washburn built a 41-26 halftime lead. Washburn maintained its lead in the second half as 13 points was as close as Northwest could get.
Northwest shot 27 percent for the game and 21 percent on 4-of-19 shooting from behind the arc. The Lady Blues shot 38 percent from the floor and hit 12-of-31 three-pointers (39 percent). Although the Bearcats forced 15 Washburn turnovers, and committed just 10 of their own, Washburn would dish out 21 assists to Northwest's five.
Gentry Dietz was plagued by early foul trouble and played just 22 minutes, collecting five points, nine rebounds and two blocks. The two blocks now give her 57 blocks this season, breaking Sarah Vollertsen's record of 55 set back in 2004.
Hope Gregory led the Lady Blues with 17 points and nine rebounds. Northwest ends its 2009-10 campaign at 14-15 overall.
Northwest Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer Post-Game Quotes
"All year long I said Emporia and Washburn were a bunch of bulldogs in this league and the rest of us are trying to get a bigger bite. We had our opportunity early when we went 0-for-9 to start the game and they started pretty poorly and if we wanted to take control of it, we really needed to get the lead and then ward off their runs like we did with Pitt. But they got the lead and it was pretty obvious to see it stayed around 10 for a long time and it stayed around 15 for a long time and it stayed around 20 for a long time and we just couldn't make the run to get over the hump.
On his team's season returning everyone next year…
We have all our kids back and I'm not sure I've coached a better group of kids. Just good kids, good students. So that really gives me a lot of hope for the future.
On the play of Gentry Dietz…
A couple of weeks ago she sprained an arch and she just hasn't been the same since. She doesn't limp around much and she didn't complain about it, but you can tell it affects her. And it affects her on her jumping and a post player has pain when she jumps, you know that's trouble. And to her credit, she never asked for time off. If we could've advanced, advanced, it would've kept getting better, but you can tell she's a pretty tough kid.
On the play of Abby Henry…
I'm amazed that Abby could do what she did, because, and I know she was only 7-for-22 shooting, but she had to make something happen.
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