Jan 12, 2020 4:58 AM

Northwest Missouri State women lose at Washburn 59-43

Posted Jan 12, 2020 4:58 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State University women's basketball team fell to the Washburn Ichabods 59-43. Northwest really struggled to find the basket in this game shooting only 26% from the field in the game. The Bearcats were outrebounded 34-19. The Bearcats took care of the ball well only committing nine turnovers to Washburn's 17.

The first five minutes of basketball of this game resulted in just 8 points total with the Ichabods leading 5-3. The Bearcats played great defense and part of their offensive struggle may have been in part to the fact, that leading scorer Kendey Eaton did not play in this game. The Bearcats trailed 11-9 at the end of the first quarter.

The Ichabods started the second quarter on a 6-0 run. After that 6-0 run the Bearcats won the quarter 11-9. Northwest was able to stay in the game by hitting 7-8 free throws and forcing eight Washburn turnovers in the first half.

The third quarter was a low scoring quarter as well, after the third quarter the Ichabods led 39-31. Washburn's Hayley Thompson hit a half court shot to end the third quarter.

The Ichabods asserted their dominance in the fourth quarter, winning the final quarter 20-12.

Mallory McConkey was the only Bearcat in double figures with 16 points. Jayna Green led Northwest with six rebounds.

Hunter Bentley led the Ichabods with 16 points, and Hayley Thompson and Shelbe Piggie added 11. Bentley added nine rebounds and two steals.

Northwest will be back in action against Missouri Western in Bearcat Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

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Missouri rolls to big win against Florida 91-75

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Dru Smith scored 22 points and dished six assists to lead Missouri to a 91-75 victory over Florida on Saturday.
The Tigers (9-6, 1-2 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game ranked next-to-last in the league in scoring offense, tied their season-high point total. They shot a blistering 61.5% from the field and 63.2% from 3-point range. Javon Pickett and Mark Smith scored 14 each, and Mitchell Smith finished with 10.
Kerry Blackshear led Florida (10-5, 2-1) with 22 points, Noah Locke added 12 and Scottie Lewis had 10.
Mark Smith sank a 3-pointer on the game's opening possession, and the Tigers were off and running. In the first half, they created fast breaks with five steals, scored 20 points in the paint and made 8 of 11 shots from beyond the arc. Xavier Pinson drew one of the biggest roars of the season from the Mizzou Arena crowd when he led the break, faked a pass to the right corner and dunked in traffic to give Missouri a 13-5 lead. The Tigers led 51-36 at halftime.
The second half started the same way, as Mitchell Smith sank a 3-pointer, causing an animated Florida coach Mike White to call a timeout just 40 seconds after intermission. The Gators cut an 18-point deficit to 10 when Tre Mann hit a 3-pointer with 14:50 left, and they had Missouri in so much foul trouble they were shooting free throws in the bonus at the 13:20 mark. But Florida couldn't get enough defensive stops to get any closer.
Florida: The Gators usually fly back to Gainesville right after road games, but White decided before the trip to spend an extra night in Missouri because of ice and snow in the forecast. White said he was concerned that flight delays might cost his players valuable sleep.
Missouri: The Tigers improved to 6-0 when scoring at least 70 points. Offense has been the problem most of the season. They scored just 59 points in each of their first two SEC games. They almost reached that total by halftime against the Gators.
Florida: The Gators play Mississippi on Tuesday at home.
Missouri: The Tigers visit Mississippi State on Tuesday.
--- Associated Press ---