Jan. 22, 2011
Bearcats knock-off 11th-ranked Emporia State
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State extended its winning streak to 10 games on Saturday afternoon and took over sole possession of second-place in the MIAA with its 86-67 win over 11th-ranked Emporia State.
The win is Northwest's first over a ranked opponent since the conference opener last season against Emporia State. Abby Henry led all scorers with 26 points as all five Northwest starters scored in double figures. Henry went 16-of-17 from the free-throw line, tying the program record for free throws made in one game. Henry also had a game-high seven assists and three steals. The Bearcats' 30 made free-throws is a season-high.
Both teams battled back-and-forth throughout much of the first half with the Hornets taking the upper hand late in the half and held a 39-35 halftime lead. Northwest came out of the gates firing in the second half, going on a 27-8 run over the next 8 and a half minutes, and held a 67-52 lead, its biggest of the game.
From there on, Northwest controlled the game the rest of the way, with Emporia cutting the lead down to nine before Shelly Martin nailed one of her four second half three-pointers with just over six minutes left. Emporia State would cut it to nine again with 3:01 remaining, but Northwest would put the clamps down defensively from there on and outscored Emporia 10-0 to finish the final three minutes of the game.
Kyla Roehrig picked-up her sixth double-double in the last seven games with a 15-point, 16-rebound performance and played solid defense all game on Emporia's Alli Volkens who recorded 17 points, but went 5-of-14 from the field. Gabby Curtis added 15 points to go along with five steals for the Bearcats. Martin and Gentry Dietz each had 14, with Dietz adding seven boards.
Northwest (14-2, 10-2 MIAA) shot 41.7 percent from the floor and hit 6-of-11 three-point attempts in the win. The Bearcats shot just 28 percent and had two three's in the first meeting with the Hornets who fall to 12-4 overall and 9-3 in the MIAA. Emporia shot 35 percent for the game and were 7-of-25 from three-point range.
The Bearcats will host sixth-ranked and conference-leading Washburn on Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. inside Bearcat Arena. Washburn defeated Northwest earlier this season, 82-79 in Topeka.
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