Feb. 11, 2012
‘Cats keep tournament hopes alive with OT win
MARYVILLE, Mo. – It took five extra minutes, but the Northwest Missouri State women’s basketball team kept its postseason hopes alive as they knocked off Missouri Western, 72-71 in overtime Saturday in their annual Pink Out contest.
The Bearcats (5-19, 3-13 MIAA) snapped a seven game losing streak with the win avoiding a season sweep from the Griffons. Missouri Western fell to 6-16 on the year and 4-12 in league play, as the final four spots for the MIAA tournament remained open at the start of the day.
All of the Bearcats points came from behind the three-point line in overtime, as they knocked down three treys to help pull out the win.
Missouri Western got two shots before the final horn sounded, but each shot fell off the mark.
Ashley Thayer hit a three-pointer to open the extra period and would nail her third triple of the game with 1:31 left to give the Bearcats a 69-68 lead. However, the Griffons Kallie Schoonover responded on the ensuing trip with a three-pointer of her own to push Western back out in front, 71-69.
Northwest would have the opportunity to work the shot clock under single digits after Annie Mathews pulled in a Shelly Martin miss.
With 21 second on the game clock and the shot clock winding down, Martin drilled her third three-pointer of the game to give the Bearcats the 72-71 lead and the win.
The Bearcats got off to a hot start for the second game in a row as they built a 12-2 lead.
With tournament hopes on the line for both teams, the Griffons would not go quietly as they took a 36-33 lead into the locker room. MWSU led most of the second half before the Bearcats regained the lead at the 3:25 mark on a Martin jumper.
Only Martin and Abby Henry finished in double figures for Northwest with 15 and 16 points respectively. Henry also added a team high eight rebounds.
Alicia Bell had a game high 19 points for Western while Ashleigh Curry recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Northwest continues its push for a postseason berth when they travel to Truman on Wednesday. Game time from Kirksville is set for 5:30 p.m.
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