Neither team enjoyed a a hot shooting night, combining for just 32 of 105 on field goals and 6 of 36 from beyond the arc.
The Bearcats (1-4) scored the first seven points of a seesaw first half that ended up in a 26-22 advantage for Pitt State. Northwest hung with the Gorillas through the first seven minutes of the second half until Brigit Hesser's three-pointer broke a 33-33 tie, giving Pitt State a permanent lead.
The Gorillas held (5-2) held off Northwest by forcing 11 turnovers while committing just one.
Annie Mathews led the Bearcats with 12 points, while Monique Stevens added 10 points and five rebounds.
Northwest returns to Maryville for the start of a four-game home stant on Saturday, Nov. 30th against College of St. Mary.