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Jan. 30, 2021Game | Basketball

Northwest 51, Central Missouri 55

(Photo courtesy Ryan Milke, Northwest Athletics)

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Northwest pushed No. 17 Central Missouri to the brink in Saturday's contest from Warrensburg, but the Jennies prevailed with a 55-51 victory.

The Bearcats (4-9) held UCM to a season-low in points and trailed by just two in the final minute, but couldn't complete the upset bid.

Northwest dug an early hole hitting just 2-14 shots in the opening quarter as Central opened a 16-6 lead. The deficit was 11 points at halftime.

UCM looked poised to run away with it in the third quarter after extending its lead to 14 points at 35-21, but that's when the tables turned.

Molly Hartnett and Jaelyn Haggard combined for a quick 9-0 run over the next three minutes to get back within five of Central Missouri.

The lead grew to 10 points again as the fourth quarter began, but a Jillian Fleming layup and Hartnett three-pointer cut it back to a two possession game.

Northwest got within three points with 2:26 left and later two points with 24 seconds remaining, but UCM sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

Hartnett led all scorers with 22 points on 8-16 shooting.

Mallory McConkey finished with nine points and eight rebounds.