The Bearcats played a near perfect 5-minute stretch before halftime that produced 16 straight points.
Unfortunately, Northwest couldn’t sustain it, scoring only 10 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half . Emporia State took advantage and came away with a 72-58 victory Saturday afternoon at Bearcat Arena.
The seeds of the second half tumble were planted in the last 20 seconds of the first half when Emporia State scored the final four points that ended the Bearcats’ 16-0 run.
The Hornets started fast in the second half, scoring the first five points in the for a 39-35 lead.
It appeared Northwest had recovered in time by scoring the next four point, tying the game at 39-39.
Sophomore Annie Mathews tied the game once more at 41-41 on a basket and then the Bearcats went cold.
Emporia State scored the next five points and then slowly increased its lead to 54-45. A three-pointer by Emporia State senior Rachel Hanf really put the Bearcats in a tough spot. They were down 57-45 with less than 10 minutes.
Unlike the first half, Northwest could not find an offensive spark when it faced a double-digit deficit.
The Bearcats made just six field goals the entire second half and shot 27 percent from the field, which was in sharp contrast to the 56 percent they shot in the first half.
Mathews and sophomore Maggie Marnin, though, both shot well for Northwest, each going six for nine from the field. Marnin led Northwest with 17 points and Mathews added 14.
Northwest went into halftime with a slim 35-34 lead, and it might have been the most impressive first half of the season for the Bearcats.
A one-point lead is the smallest of advantages.
Well, the Bearcats fell behind 24-12 midway through the first half and were in danger of going into half down 20. Emporia was playing that well on offense and Northwest was out of synch on both ends of the floor.
Northwest finally found its rhythm in the latter portion of the first half when it was trailing 30-19.
Marnin started the run with a basket off an assist from Ashleigh Nelson. Nelson followed with a two-point field goal and then a three-pointer.
Marnin finished the 16-0 run by scoring six straight points that Northwest ahead 35-30.
Emporia State managed to score the last four points in the half. Still, the Bearcats went into half with a lead and that didn’t seem possible 12 minutes into the game.
The Bearcats played great team basketball in the last 10 minutes of the first half. They had 10 assists.
Northwest only got two more assists the rest of the game, which was another indicator why the second half went so poorly for the Bearcats.
— NWMSU Sports Information —