Jan. 26, 2011
Northwest's streak continues with win over No. 9 Washburn
MARYVILLE, Mo.-The 23rd-ranked Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team battled back from a first half deficit on Wednesday night to defeat ninth-ranked Washburn 71-63 for its 11th consecutive win. The 11-straight wins is the second-longest streak in program history.
Abby Henry led Northwest (15-2, 11-2 MIAA) with 20 points and six assists and added three steals. Gabby Curtis had 15 points and three steals in the win. Gentry Dietz and Kyla Roehrig combined for 20 points and 20 rebounds.
Northwest jumped-out to an early 10-4 lead thanks to back-to-back three-pointers from Gabby Curtis and Shelly Martin. Washburn would show why they're a top-ten team however, and went on a 19-4 run and led by as many as 11, twice, in the opening half. Northwest battled back and cut the lead to within one before a Stevi Schultz three gave the Lady Blues a 33-29 halftime advantage. Schultz led all scorers with 26 points and had a team-high 10 rebounds for Washburn (14-3, 10-3 MIAA).
Northwest, much like in the Emporia State game came out strong to begin the second half and took a six-point lead, 42-36 with 15:37 remaining. Washburn again would respond and tied the game at 42-42 with 13:30 to go. Both teams would then battle back-and-forth for much of the way in the second half. With the score tied at 61-61 with 5:02 left, Henry hit a pair of free-throws to give Northwest a lead it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the game.
Roehrig would score Northwest's next five points, four of which coming off of buckets from offensive rebounds and Curtis drained a fade away three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to finish the Lady Blues off with just over a minute and a half to go.
Northwest shot 42 percent from the field in the game while the Lady Blues shot a shade under 35 percent. Northwest also had five fewer turnovers in the game and hit four more free-throws. Washburn had 20 offensive rebounds, but the Lady Blues had just two more second-chance points in the game, with the Bearcats gaining a 17-9 advantage off of the fast break.
Northwest will travel to Hays, Kan., on Saturday for a showdown with the Tigers of Fort Hays State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. Northwest won the first matchup in December 71-65.
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