During rivalry week extra motivation is usually not needed, but for the Missouri Western women’s basketball team, they looked to avenge their loss to Northwest Missouri State from a season ago. A loss that ended their eight-game winning streak against the Bearcats.
“The last time they beat us we had five players, and they felt good about that,” senior guard Brittney Atkins said. “We had to come out and get a big win.”
Missouri Western did just that as they routed the Bearcats winning 66-43. Missouri Western had a strong defensive outing, holding their opponent to a shooting percentage of just 24 percent. Northwest’s top two scorers were held to 2-15 from the field and scored a total of 11 points.
The Missouri Western faithful was ready as well, with a recorded attendance of 2,280. The noise they provided was a huge lift for the Griffons, and the players fed off their energy.
“It was fun. I enjoyed all the people,” Atkins said. “It was different because on some of the offensive calls I couldn’t hear.”
Head coach Rob Edmission loved the defensive game his team played.
“I’m just really impressed with our kids. I’m pleased with their defensive effort tonight,” coach Edmission said. “We set a defensive goal, below 50 points for the game. I just thought our kids were scout alert. We were locked in, and our kids were just tough.”
Leading the way for the Griffons offensively was junior guard Katrina Roenfeldt as she continued her impressive comeback season. Roenfedlt had 21 points including 9-10 from the free throw line and added five rebounds and five assists. She has recorded back-to-back 20+ point games for the first time all season.
“She’s a top five player in the league with possibilities of being a player of the year type kid sometime in the next year or two. I really believe that,” coach Edmission said. “Her game is evolving. Now she is getting to the rim. She’s making free throws. She’s making threes, and she’s defending.”
Roenfedlt’s teammates are also enjoying her success and are at the edge of their seat when watching her play.
“It’s freaking great. I love watching her,” senior forward Cera Ledbetter said. “Just sitting on the bench, I’m just like what is she going to do next? Is she going to drive? Is she going to shoot? I am her number one fan.”
The entire Missouri Western offense played well as they shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Northwest 36-23. Other top scorers for Missouri Western included Atkins who had 13 points, senior guard Jessica Davies with 10 and senior point guard Melia Richardson with eight.
Missouri Western is 4-3 in the conference and sits in sixth place. They are 9-7 in for the entire season.