SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats fell to the McKendree Bearcats 77-69 in OT in the MWSU Thanksgiving Classic. The Bearcats battled each other all game, in a game that featured seven lead changes and was tied seven times. Northwest led by two at half 28-26. Mia Stillman made a free throw to tie the game at 66 and send it into OT. The two stats that haunted Northwest in this game were rebounds and fouls. They were out rebounded 46-26 which resulted in 13 second chance points for McKendree. Northwest committed 27 fouls as a team and had both Paityn Rau and Jayna Green foul out. McKendree attempted 38 free throws as a result of this, compared to Northwest’s 11 attempts.
Jordan Heberg led McKendree in scoring with 20 points, followed by Megan Jensen with 17 and Brianna Johnson with 13. Jensen and Madison Hart led the team with 8 rebounds each.
The Bearcats will be back in action Dec. 5, for their conference opener at Lincoln at 5:30 p.m.
SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats defeated the Florida Southern Mocs 52-37, in their first game of the MWSU Thanksgiving Classic. After winning the first quarter 9-8, the Bearcats started the second quarter on a 19-3 run. The Bearcats led 28-15 at the end of the first half. The Mocs scored the first six points of the second half. The Bearcats battled back to play the third quarter to a 10-10 tie. -The fourth quarter featured back-and-forth scoring and the Bearcats were able to pull out the quarter by a score of 14-12. The Bearcats led nearly the whole game, with the Mocs last lead coming near the end of the first quarter (8-7).
The Bearcats shined defensively holding the Mocs, who were averaging 68.5 ppg, to nearly half their average, allowing 37 points, the Mocs lowest scoring total on the season. The Bearcats forced the Mocs to commit 20 turnovers and held them to 32.1% from the field. The Bearcats also did not allow a single made three-pointer on the night, forcing the Mocs to go 0-11 from behind-the-arc. Ellie Horn had 3 blocks and Jayna Green had 2.