(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After letting their first meeting with Northwest slip away, Missouri Western left no doubt Saturday afternoon beating the rival Bearcats 68-47 in front of a packed MWSU Fieldhouse.
Northwest's Shelby Mustain scored the first two points of the game, but the Griffons (10-14, 5-12 MIAA) took control from there going on a 25-0 run in a seven minute span.
Western was active on defense forcing 20 turnovers which resulted in 27 points.
Tiffanie Abrams led Missouri Western with a career-high 25 points in the contest. She shot 8-10 from the field, and 5-6 from three-point range. Sharniece Lewis was the only other Griff in double figures with 10 points.
Ashleigh Nelson led Northwest (9-15, 6-11 MIAA) with 16 points. Annie Mathews added 14.
Missouri Western plays its final home game against Central Missouri Wednesday. It's also senior night for Northwest as they host Southwest Bapist.
Northwest men 92, Missouri Western 60
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Deshaun Cooper continued an impressive run of games played inside the MWSU Fieldhouse Saturday as Northwest beat Missouri Western 92-60.
Cooper scored a game-high 22 points in the win. In his career against the Griffons in St. Joe, the senior from St. Louis has averaged 20.75 points per game on 47-percent shooting.
Fellow senior Dillon Starzl added 19 points and five rebounds for the Bearcats (20-6, 15-2 MIAA).
Kalvin Balque led Missouri Western (10-15, 5-12 MIAA) with 19 points on 6-10 shooting. Ryan Devers scored 18 points and dished four assists.
The Griffons hold a two-game lead on Pittsburg State for the final seed in the MIAA Tournament with two games left.
The Bearcats have guaranteed themselves a place in Kansas City for the conference tournament, and their magic number to win the MIAA regular season title outright is two games.
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