Feb. 16, 2011
Bearcats win on "pink-out" night
MARYVILLE, Mo.-The 20th-ranked Northwest Missouri State women's basketball team led from start to finish on Wednesday night in Maryville as the Bearcats defeated Truman 87-69 behind the strength of nearly 54 percent shooting from the floor.
Kyla Roehrig led all scorers with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and had seven rebounds. Roehrig also had five blocks, giving her 60 on the season, breaking Gentry Dietz's program record of 57 from last season for single season blocks.
Dietz scored 13 points, pulled-down eight rebounds and had a career-high five assists in the victory. Abby Henry added 14 points and five assists. Gabby Curtis, the MIAA's leading scorer at 18.7 points per game, had 17 on 7-for-12 from the floor. Alexis Boeh gave the Bearcats a spark off the bench, scoring six points, grabbing four rebounds and had one assist in 12 minutes of work.
Truman hung around for much of the first half, but the Bearcats went on a 23-8 run towards the end of the half and built a 43-30 halftime advantage. Northwest began the second half on a 11-2 run and built its lead up to as many as 21, 62-43 with just over 12 minutes to play. The Bulldogs (11-12, 9-10 MIAA) cut Northwest's lead down to 13 with just over 4:30 to go, but a pair of Henry free-throws and a bucket from Roehrig put an end to that run and the Bearcats cruised down the stretch.
Northwest (20-3, 16-3 MIAA) committed six fewer turnovers in the game and hit two more three-pointers. The 54 percent shooting from the Bearcats marks the third time this season that Northwest has shot 50 percent or better in a game.
Northwest had 48 points in the paint in the win and scored twice as many points as the Bulldogs off of turnovers. The game was tied just once at 4-4 a minute and a half into the game.
The Bearcats hit the road again on Saturday as they travel to Warrensbug, Mo., to face Central Missouri. Northwest narrowly defeated the Jennies back in January in the two's first meeting of the season, 75-72. Curtis scored 31 points to lead Northwest and Shelly Martin hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds to go.
Note: Tonight's game was a "pink-out" as the Bearcats joined together in support of Northwest employee Lynne Gilbert's fight against cancer as both the men and the women wore special warm-ups and held a silent auction.
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