Nov. 25, 2011
Bearcats fall cold in second half
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats could not find the magic two nights in a row as they fell short 70-64 to Hillsdale on the final day of the Oahu Classic.
The Bearcats fell to 2-4 on the year as they now turn their attention to MIAA play. Northwest opens with perennial powers Emporia State on Wednesday followed by Washburn on Saturday, both at Bearcat Arena.
Ashley Thayer led the Bearcats in scoring for a second straight night with 16 points. She knocked down four three-pointers going 4 of 8 in the loss. She was joined by Shelly Martin who added 16 points of her own.
The Bearcats fell cold in the second half only shooting 38 percent over the final 20 minutes despite being tied with just over four minutes to play.
Meridee Scott hit a three-pointer with 4:32 left to tie the game 63-63, but Hillsdale would answer with a three of their own from Lea Jones to regain the lead. Scott again finished in double figures with 13.
Northwest would only manage one more point over the final four minutes of the game on a free throw from Maggie Marnin at the 3:21 mark. Marnin was solid again for the Bearcats finishing with nine points and nine rebounds.
The Bearcats were under the foul limit, but three consecutive fouls got Hillsdale to the line. The Chargers would go 1 for 2 to increase their lead by six as three-pointers from Thayer and Scott would come up short in the final 30 seconds of play.
Marissa DeMott led all players with 21 points for Hillsdale in the win.
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