Northwest women’s basketball’s longest win-streak in two seasons reached an end in a 54-41 loss to Emporia State Jan. 9 at Bearcat Arena.
Neither team shot well in Northwest’s fifth MIAA match-up of the season. In the first half, the Bearcats and Hornets shot for a combined 28.5 percent from the field.
Emporia State’s (11-3, 2-2 MIAA) shooting warmed up with a 12-0 run to start the final turn of the game, pulling ahead to take control of the contest, giving Northwest (6-8, 2-3 MIAA) its first loss in three games.
“We just felt like the level that we were at in the first half, from the energy standpoint too, we just didn’t look like ourselves,” coach Austin Meyer said.
The Hornets made 21-of-47 shots on the day, while Northwest was 17-for-55. Northwest made nine shots on 29 attempts in the second half.
Sophomore forward Mallory McConkey led Northwest in scoring with eight points. It was the first game no Bearcat finished with double-digit performances this season.
Emporia State had two finish with 10 or more points, including 13 by sophomore guard Jessica Wayne.
Northwest started the game off on a 7-2 run, including a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jaeylyn Haggard. The Bearcats maintained their lead until two free-throws gave the Hornets a 11-9 lead with 2:56 remaining in the first quarter.
The game stayed in reach of the Bearcats for the remainder of the half, trailing 21-20 at halftime. Emporia State scored a dozen unanswered points at the second half taking control.
A 3-pointer by sophomore guard Kylie Coleman ended the drive, but the Bearcats struggled to recover.
“We just felt like the level that we were at in the first half, from the energy standpoint too, we just didn’t look like ourselves,” Meyer said.
The Bearcats still saw growth in the loss, turning the ball over nine times, 10 less than they had in a 51-47 win over Central Oklahoma Jan. 5.
Northwest returns to action at 1:30 p.m. Jan 12 against Washburn.