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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Sept. 22, 2010

Shaq's 24-Hour Nightmare

The 2010 Shaq's 24-hour nightmare will begin at noon on October 8 and will run until noon on the ninth. The Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team will be shooting free-throws in groups of three or four during the "nightmare." Each group takes a three-hour turn every 12 hours. So if your group shoots from 3-6 p.m. you will come back and be shooting from 3-6 a.m.

This fundraiser for women's basketball asks for pledges of money from family, friends and businesses.  Most donations are specific dollar amount pledges. The most money raised was in 2006 when nearly $15,000 was raised. The most free throws shot during the 24 hours came in 2009 when 9,519 shots were taken. Just over 8,000 were made.

Each player shoots 25 free-throws at a time during each rotation unless they have a streak of free-throws made going. The record for the most consecutive free-throws made is held by sophomore Emily Hauder in 2009 when she made 132 straight. The previous best was held by Junior Shelly Martin who hit 116 in a row in 2008. Both records were set during the players' shift after midnight.

The best team free-throw percentage came in 2006 when the team hit 88% of its 6,500 free-throws shot that year. There is always a coach present during the 24-hour time period, with the assistant coaches usually ending up with the early morning shifts.

If you would like to pledge money on one of this year's players call head coach Gene Steinmeyer at 660-562-1299 and he will send you a pledge sheet. Credit cards are accepted.

Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal has played for six teams during his 18-year NBA career. His accolades include 15 All-Star game appearances, four NBA titles, three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards and the 1999-2000 NBA MVP. Shaq has a career 52.7 percent free-throw percentage. Shaq's worst free-throw shooting year came in the 2006-07 season when he shot just over 42 percent from the line.

Shaq has been so notoriously bad at free throws during his career that teams have developed the "Hack-a-Shaq" where they intentionally foul him to send him to the free-throw line.


For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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