March 11, 2011
Bearcats shoot season-high in first round win
TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-Second-seeded Northwest Missouri State shot a season-high 65 percent from the floor in its opening round, 92-73 victory in the NCAA South Central regional over Texas Woman's on Friday afternoon. Gentry Dietz led the Bearcats with 27 points.
All five Bearcat (26-4) starters scored in double figures in the win. Gabby Curtis scored 19 points and had a season-high eight assists. Abby Henry scored 15 points, and for the fourth time this season set a career-high with nine assists. Kyla Roehrig recorded her 14th double-double of the year with a 12-point, 14-rebound performance.
Northwest came out for the fourth-straight game on fire, building a quick 18-4 lead within the first five minutes of the game. The Bearcats continued their hot shooting throughout the half, shooting 72 percent from the floor in the opening half and carried a 50-37 lead into halftime.
Both teams shot well in the second half, with Northwest shooting 58 percent and the Pioneers (22-11) shot nearly 52 percent in the second stanza. When Texas Woman's cut the Bearcat lead to 10 at 52-42 with just under 18 minutes to play, the Bearcats exploded offensively, going on a 30-10 run over the next 11 minutes and held its biggest lead of the game at 82-52 with seven minutes to go.
Texas Woman's went on a nice spurt and cut the Bearcat lead to 16 with 3:44 left, but Northwest wouldn't let the Pioneers get any closer and cruised down the stretch.
Northwest's 26 wins this season set a new program-record. The Bearcats will play Tarleton State at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the semifinals of the South Central regional. The Texans beat Southeastern Oklahoma 86-75 in the first game of the day.
Quotes from press conference:
Gene Steinmeyer: "TWU is very quick and has very good passers. One of our main goals was to stop the perimeter shooting of (Brooke) Shepherd. She's a heck of a 3-point shooter. I think she's had 388 attempts coming into this game. That was what we were worried about the most. They were getting into foul trouble because of Gentry's (Dietz) offense. And that hurt them. They're speed worried us, but we're not a slow team. They got a lot of points from (Taja) Guerin that we really didn't expect early. But we survived it, and I think getting that double-digit lead before the half was really important to us."
On Gentry's 27 points: "One thing people forget is that Gentry was an all-MIAA pick a year ago. She's given up quite a bit to be a team player this year. The 27 points wasn't exactly a huge shock for us."
On Gentry being "overlooked..." "Well, if she was being overlooked, she won't be now. I don't think anybody overlooks anybody in our starting lineup. I think the lowest career high for anyone in our starting lineup is 25. I think four have been over 30. If you're going to overlook somebody, I don't know who it's going to be."
Abby Henry:: "They had really good ball movement. We were told that we weren't getting as many tipped balls as we usually do, so that got us fired up. We were more aggressive in the passing lanes.
Gentry Dietz: (On shooting 72 percent first half, 65 percent game) "I think they were struggling defensively and I heard them getting frustrated when they couldn't stop us. They'd double inside and outside shooters were hitting. That's frustrating. We've been on that end (defensively) when you're trying to stop people but they can't be stopped. We had a heck of a shooting effort."
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