Ariel Easton fueled the Northwest's effort with another potent night from the floor, shooting 12-for-16 for a game-high 23 points. Ashleigh Nelson added 15 points on a 5-for-10 performance.
Monique Stevens, Tember Schechinger, and Annie Mathews all finished in double figures as well. Mathews registered a double double with 10 rebounds to go along with 11 points.
Trailing by five midway through the first half, Easton's layup gave Northwest (1-3) a permanent lead with just under six minutes left in the half. Northwest closed out those final minutes with 21 unanswered points. Another 5-0 run out of the locker room turned a 26-23 deficit into a 49-26 Bearcat lead in under eight minutes.
The Bearcats open MIAA play on Sunday at Pittsburg State.