Feb. 5, 2014
Bearcats take down rival Griffons at home
MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State women’s basketball team took control of the contest in the final minutes to pull away with a 50-44 victory Wednesday over Missouri Western during the annual Pink Zone game.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the first half as the Bearcats held a slim 11-10 lead with just over nine minutes to play.
A steal by Tember Schechinger with two minutes left in the first half led to a layup by Monique Stevens to put her team up 21-14. Northwest went into halftime holding onto a four point lead, 21-17.
The second half was a battle as the lead changed hands six times.
Nelson put in the go ahead layup with 3:22 remaining on the clock to put the Bearcats up 41-40.
Northwest was clutch from the free throw line heading down the stretch to bring home the 50-44 victory. As a team, the Bearcats shot 84% from the line making 21 of 25 attempts.
Ariel Easton led all scorers with 16 points while adding three rebounds. Monique Stevens tied her career mark in rebounds with seven as she added four points of her own.
Head Coach Michael Smith’s team improves to 8-12 on the season and 5-8 in the MIAA. Northwest will hit the road as they head to Jefferson City, Mo. to take on Lincoln Saturday with tip-off scheduled for 1:30 pm.
In what may be more important than the outcome of the game is what the game stood for. It was Northwest’s annual Pink Zone game where all the proceeds of the contest went toward breast cancer research and the Detrixhe family. The Bearcat athletics department selected to assist Karen Detrixhe, a professor at Northwest, with her battle against breast cancer. To read more about Karen and her battle with breast cancer click the link below.
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