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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Feb. 20, 2013

Mathews has career night as Bearcats down Griffons

MARYVILLE, Mo. – On a night where pink represented so much more than just the color of a jersey, the Northwest Missouri State women’s basketball team played one of their best games of the year to defeat Missouri Western 69-58 on Wednesday night.

More than 2,000 fans packed Bearcat Arena to see one of the best rivalries in the MIAA as Northwest took on Missouri Western for the Bearcats’ Breast Cancer Awareness game.

The Bearcats took full advantage of fouls made by the Griffons in the first half as they were 20 of 23 from the line. Annie Mathews was 6 for 7 from the line and totaled 10 points in the first half.

The Griffons kept it close as Brittany Griswold had eight points of her own. Northwest closed the half in the lead at 37-33.

Missouri Western opened the second half on a 6-0 run to take the lead 39-37. Mathews turned around and tied it up from the free throw line, then Tember Schechinger hit a layup and the Bearcats never looked back.

Ashleigh Nelson was 3 of 5 from behind the three point line and finished with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals.

Annie Mathews stepped up and had a career high 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Mathews finished 11-12 from the free throw line, snagged two steals and had an assist.

Northwest’s win over the Griffons was the biggest win over the Griffons since January 11, 2006 when the Bearcats won 83-69. The victory puts the team back at .500 for the season at 12-12 and 6-10 in MIAA competition.

Northwest will take on Nebraska-Kearney for their final road test of the season Wednesday. Tip-off from UNK will commence at 5:30 p.m. The Bearcats will return home for the home finale against Truman State March 2 with a start time of 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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