Dec. 18, 2010
Bearcats Win Third in a Row
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Gabby Curtis tied a career-high with 27 points and pulled down six rebounds as Northwest Missouri State defeated Fort Hays State Saturday night 71-65 for its third-straight win, in the MIAA home-opener for the Bearcats.
Curtis went 10-for-18 from the floor and also had three assists, two steals and a block in the victory. Shelly Martin chipped in with 10 points and hit four free throws in the final 34 seconds to ice the win for the Bearcats (7-2, 3-2 MIAA). Abby Henry, who came into the game leading the MIAA in scoring at 20 points per contest, had nine points and dished-out five assists for the Bearcats.
Despite jumping out to an early 14-3 advantage, Northwest shot just over 36 percent in the first half and 37.7 percent for the game and led at the half by just one at 30-29. The Bearcats went on a couple of runs in the second half and led by as many as 10 on a couple of occasions, the last being at 62-52 with 5:33 remaining. The Tigers refused to go away and clawed back to within three at 63-60 with 2:30 to go. Curtis then hit back-to-back running layups in the lane to give Northwest a seven-point cushion with just over a minute to go.
Traci Keyser had a career-high 31 points to lead all scorers. Keyser went 12-for-12 from the free-throw line. Gentry Dietz had eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in her season debut. Dietz has just one semester of eligibility remaining and chose to sit-out first semester. Kyla Roehrig added eight points of her own to go along with seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks. The seven blocks are the second-most in a single game in program history.
Fort Hays shot 34 percent from the floor and went 6-of-21 from three-point range (28.6 percent). Northwest went 4-for-12 from beyond the arc and hit 21-of-31 free-throw attempts. The Tigers were 17-of-20 from the charity stripe and committed 16 turnovers that led to 20 Northwest points.
Northwest plays again on New Year's Eve as they host Lincoln at 1:30 p.m. inside Bearcat Arena as part of a doubleheader with the men's team.
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