Jan. 12, 2011
Bearcats win another thriller, this time over Central Missouri
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Shelly Martin hit a corner three-pointer with 37.6 seconds remaining and Abby Henry made two free-throws with five seconds left in the game, to lead Northwest Missouri State to a thrilling 75-72 win Wednesday night over Central Missouri inside Bearcat Arena.
The win gives Northwest (11-2, 7-2 MIAA) its seventh-straight victory, tying its longest streak since the 2004-05 season. Although Henry and Martin were the clutch performers of the evening, it was Gabby Curtis' career-high 31 points that propelled Northwest to the win. Curtis was 12-of-24 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point land. Curtis also had three assists and four steals in the win.
Kyla Roehrig was solid once again inside for the Bearcats, recording her third double-double in the last four games with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Henry, added just six points, but also had a career-high with nine assists and added four steals.
After hitting nearly 50 percent from the floor in the first 16 minutes of the half, Northwest missed their last seven shots the final 3:30 of the first half and its 14-point lead was cut to just six, 39-33 at halftime. Northwest again came out strong in the second half and led by as many as 16 with just over 16 minutes remaining in the game. Central Missouri (7-8, 3-6 MIAA) refused to go away quietly, slowly chipping away at the Northwest lead.
Kara Fleming's layup with 1:01 remaining gave Central its first lead since 18:08 left in the first half. Fleming led the Jennies with 14 points and also dished-out a team-high five assists. After a Central timeout, Northwest came down and Henry found Martin open in the corner where she knocked down the go ahead bucket. After a Central turnover, the Jennies had to foul Northwest three times to get into the bonus. Martin stepped to the free throw line and missed the front end of the one-and-one. The miss was just her second missed free-throw attempt of the season.
Fleming missed a good look in the paint and Rebecca Roberts' second-chance shot in the lane was missed as well. Henry grabbed the board for Northwest and calmly sank both free-throws to give Northwest the 75-72 advantage. Taylor Hanson's deep three at the buzzer went off the side of the rim and Northwest preserved the victory.
The game was pretty even for both teams, with each shooting 38 percent from the floor. The Jennies had one more turnover and one more free throw than Northwest, but the difference came from beyond the arc as the Bearcats went 8-of-17 (47 percent) from three-point land while Central was 6-for-22 (27 percent).
Northwest remains a game behind Emporia State and Washburn for first-place in the MIAA and will return to action on Saturday as the Bearcats travel to Bolivar, Mo., for a showdown with Southwest Baptist. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m.
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