Nov. 11, 2011
Bearcats fall in opener 95-72 at UMKC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Shelly Martin has not lost her three-point shooting touch knocking down five three pointers; however, it was not enough for Northwest Missouri State as they fell to Division I UMKC 95-72 in season opening action at the Swinney Recration Center.
Martin finished with 24 points on the night, a career high, but it was a career high from the Kangaroos Dayon Hall-Jones that propelled UMKC to a season opening win as she poured in 27 points. The Bearcats (0-1) never found their rhythm Friday afternoon in the lopsided defeat.
Plagued by foul trouble in the first half, senior Abby Henry still found a way to lead the Bearcats in scoring with 26 points. She also added eight assists in the loss.
Northwest returned two starters from last year’s banner team in Martin and Henry. Despite foul trouble for Henry, both were able to produce nearly 70 percent of the Bearcats offense. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, there was not much else in the way of offensive production.
Alexis Boeh added 11 rebounds for Northwest and was a perfect 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Boeh however, was the lone bright spot at the charity stripe as the Bearcats shot under 60 percent in the season opener.
The Kangaroos out-rebounded Northwest by a 59-39 margin as the Bearcats failed to get many second chances.
The Bearcats return to the court for their home opener next weekend as the hosts of the Winstead-Reeves Classic at Bearcat Arena. Northwest opens action each night at 7:30 p.m.
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