NW Missouri St. takes down Tarleton
Bearcats get key 14-0 run early in contest to pull away
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Northwest Missouri State earned a 77-61 victory against Tarleton on Saturday night in the semifinals of the South Central regional.
Kayla Roehrig recorded a game-high 26 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks against the TexAnns (25-5). The Bearcats (27-4) held Tarleton to 38 percent from the field, forced 23 turnovers and held the TexAnns to their fourth-lowest scoring output of the season.
With 15:33 to go in the opening half and trailing 12-8, Northwest put together a 14-0 run to take a 22-12 lead and didn't trail again. The Bearcats led by as many as 14 in the half before Tarleton strung together a run to cut the Bearcat lead to 39-32 at the break.
Five points was as close as Tarleton State would get in the second half before Northwest went on a 15-6 run, capped off by a four-point play by Shelly Martin and the Bearcats led 56-44 with 11:05 remaining.
Gabby Curtis scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, had five assists and a season-high five steals in the win. Gentry Dietz had 17 points, seven boards and four blocks, despite picking-up her fourth foul with just under 16 minutes to play.
Tara Roach provided the spark for Northwest in Dietz's absence with six rebounds and a career-best four assists.
The Bearcats out-scored Tarleton 22-6 on second-chance points and also hit 11 more free throws while shooting nearly 47 percent from the floor.
Northwest plays the winner of top-seeded Northeastern State and fifth-seeded Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. on Monday night in the South Central regional championship.