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February 1, 2013

NSU swept at NW Missouri State

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State's Monique Stevens entered Thursday night's MIAA contest against Northeastern State averaging 6.7 points per game.

She more than tripled that total against the RiverHawks.

The junior guard from Wodonga, Victoria, Australia, made 7 of 12 field goals — 6 of 9 from 3-point range — to rack up 20 points in the Bearcats' 67-64 win at Bearcat Arena.

 “They shot the ball really well. The big surprise was (Monique) Stevens," NSU coach Randy Gipson said. " She had a great shooting night, and I did not see that coming."

The loss snapped NSU's five-game winning streak and dropped the RiverHawks to 13-6 and 8-3 in league play. Northwest Missouri State improve to 11-7 and 5-5.

As a team, the Bearcats knocked down 23 of 46 (50 percent) for the game and 12 of 24 (50 percent) from distance. Ashleigh Nelson added 12 and Maggie Marnin dropped in 10 for the home side.

Senior guard Taylor Lewis led Northeastern State with 18 points, sophomore guard Chelsey Stricklen scored 12 off the bench, and senior forward Sarah Green added 11.

The visitors were 24-for-53 (45 percent) from the field and 10-for-19 (53 percent) from downtown.

NSU took a quick 10-4 advantage and kept its lead at 20-19 with 5:56 to play in the opening half. The Bearcats used a 15-3 run to close out the half and earn a 34-23 halftime lead.

 “They were changing their defenses, and I think that bothered us a little bit. We turned the ball over uncharacteristically high in the first half," Gipson said. " The second half we did a little better job. It just happens sometime where a team is kind of tentative, not as aggressive as you would like to see."

Northwest Missouri State pushed its lead to as many as 18 at 53-35 with 13:43 to play, but the visitors used a 13-0 run to get within five points.

NSU fought all the way back to within two at 59-57 with five minutes to play, but the team turned the ball over on its next possession and missed a layup at 2:51 that would have tied the game.

NWMSU drained a triple on the following possession and the team held on for the three-point triumph.

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