Nov. 10, 2011
Bearcats face UMKC in Veteran’s Day opener
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The defending MIAA champion Northwest Missouri State Bearcats open their season Friday against Division I UMKC at Swinney Recreation Center with a 4 p.m. tipoff.
Friday’s game marks the first of two road Division I games for the Bearcats with a Dec. 10 contest at former MIAA foe Nebraska-Omaha.
"Kansas City is a great recruiting area for us," said head coach Gene Steinmeyer. "The trouble is with a Friday afternoon game I'm not sure how many recruits will actually get to see it. But we scheduled UMKC and UNO both on the road because those are our best recruiting areas."
Steinmeyer and his Bearcats return two starters from last year’s squad in Abby Henry and Shelly Martin. Henry was the third leading scorer for Northwest averaging 13.9 points per game while running the point and averaging 5.1 assists per game. Martin also averaged double figures at 11.4 points per game and was the team’s top free throw shooter at 89 percent.
The Bearcats also add returners Tara Roach and Alexis Boeh who came off the bench last season for Steinmeyer. Roach pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game for the Bearcats while Boeh also provided solid minutes off the bench.
The game is only the third meeting between the Bearcats and Kangaroos as UMKC won the last meeting in 2005.
Northwest opens their home schedule next weekend at the Winstead-Reeves Classic when they host William Jewell and Missouri Valley. The Bearcats play each night at 7:30 p.m. while William Penn makes up the fourth team for the first games of the day starting at 5:30 p.m. each night.
• The Northwest women are led by Gene Steinmeyer who enters his 13th season as head coach for the Bearcats. Steinmeyer was named Region Six Coach of the Year in 2010-11 and was also named the 2010-11 MIAA Coach of the Year.
• The Northwest women are coming off an NCAA Division II Final Four appearance. Northwest set a program record last season with 29 wins and its first-ever regional title. The Bearcats also
became the first squad in school history to win an outright MIAA regular season championship and won their third conference tournament.
• Head Coach Gene Steinmeyer and the Northwest Missouri State women’s basketball team will start their 2011-12 campaign ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 released Tuesday.
• The Bearcats are looking to defend their MIAA crown coming off a record year that saw them finish 29-5 and earn their first ever trip to the NCAA tournament. Coach Steinmeyer returns starters
Abby Henry and Shelly Martin both of whom averaged double figure points for the Bearcats as juniors.
• Henry led Northwest averaging 5.1 assists per game to go along with 13.9 points per game. The senior from Bellevue, Neb., started in all 34 games last year for the Bearcats en route to a National Semifinal appearance. Martin added 11.4 points per game while shooting 39 percent from behind the three-point arc and a team high 89 percent from the free throw line.
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