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NSU opens three game homestand with Central Missouri

1/30/19

Game #20
Northeastern State (5-14, 2-8 MIAA) at (23/RV) Central Missouri (13-4, 6-3 MIAA)
Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. | Tahlequah, Okla. | NSU Event Center
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Opening Tip 
  • Cenia Hayes is third nationally carrying a 92.7 free throw percentage.  Bailee Eldred is fifth on the national leader board with a 90.7 free throw percentage.
  • Northeastern State as a team is sixth nationally in free-throw percentage (78.4).
  • Heading into Thursday's contest, the RiverHawks have the second toughest schedule in the nation with teams having a cumulative .619 winning percentage.
  • Eldred needs 49 points to reach 1,000 accumulative points between Northeastern State and Murray State College.
  • There has been seven double-doubles for NSU this season.
  • Eldred, Hayes, and Cailyn Long are all averaging just over 12 points a game.
  • Eldred leads the RiverHawks with 7.8 rebounds per game, and she is sixth in the MIAA in boards.
  • Eldred has recorded nine double-doubles at NSU and has three in the last six games.
  • Hayes has started in all 19 contests (including exhibitions). 
  • Bertrand is second in the MIAA in blocks with 44, which is 22nd nationally.
RiverHawks vs. Jennies Series
  • Central Missouri leads the series 7-0 over the RiverHakwks. 
  • In Tahlequah, the Jennies have won all three meetings.
About the Jennies
  • Heads into Thursday's match up on a three game winning streak.
  • Three of their four losses have come on the road. 
  • Ranked 23rd in this week's WBCA Coaches Poll.
  • Defending NCAA Division II National Champions.
  • Paige Redmond leads the MIAA in scoring with 17.1 points per game.
  • Redmond averages the eighth most minutes this season nationally with 36.71 a game. 
  • The Jennies lead the MIAA in three pointers per game with 8.5.
  • Third in the MIAA in turnovers which is also 32rd lowest nationally. 
  • Third from last nationally in three-point field goal defense at 37.2-percent.
  • Led by 15th year head coach Dave Slifer.
Big Runs
Top runs of ten or more consecutive for the RiverHawks
23-0 - 7:02 vs. Bacone (12/30/18)
17-0 -  5:23 vs. Bacone (12/30/18)^
14-0 - 3:16 at Azusa Pacific (11/24/18)
12-0 - 4:34 vs. Bacone (12/30/18)
11-0 - 3:44 at Nebraska-Kearney (1/12/18)
11-0 - 3:04 vs. Bacone (12/30/18)
10-0 - 1:24 vs. Bacone (12/30/18)
10-0 - 5:51 at Missouri Southern (12/8/18)
10-0 - 4:34 at Oklahoma Baptist (11/19/18)*
10-0 - 3:59 at Rogers State (11/14/18)
* - start of game

Looking Back
  • Northeastern State could not recover from a cold second quarter and fell 76-61 on Saturday afternoon to Lindenwood.
  • Joi Bertrand connected on her first six shots and led the RiverHawks with 15 points. 
  • The RiverHawks hung with the Lions early behind a hot shooting first quarter from Bertrand who had ten points on 5-for-5 shooting after the first period.
  • After the games fifth tie at 19-19 with 5:55 left in the second period, the Lions finished on a 17-3 run; NSU was limited to six points on 2-for-9 shooting.
  • One third of NSU's points on Saturday came at the free throw line where they were 21-for-25.  
  • Bailee Eldred and Cailyn Long both were in double-figures with 13 points.
High Marks
On Dec. 30, 2018 the RiverHawks broke a facility mark with 126 points scored against Bacone College.  This record is for both men's and women's programs. Below is a series of records that NSU tied for broke on that afternoon. 
  • 75 points in a half (MIAA record).
  • 45 points in the second quarter (MIAA record).
  • 91 shot attempts (NSU record).
  • 126 points tied program mark and is second all-time in MIAA women's basketball history.
Seventh to 1,000
On Dec. 18 at Texas A&M-Commerce, Cailyn Long became Northeastern State's seventh member 1,000 point club in women's basketball.  The Sparta, Mo. native is a two-time All-MIAA selection and has averaged 11.4 points a game in her four-year career at NSU.
  • Moved to sixth all-time at NSU with 15 points a Lincoln
  • Had the eventual game winning layup in overtime to beat Missouri Southern, 66-64.
  • Went 9-for-17 at Nebraska-Kearney for 21 points.
  • Scored 12 points in the fourth quarter against Northwest Missouri for her ninth 20 point game.
  • Had her eighth career 20+ point game against Northwestern Oklahoma.
Crashing the Boards
Bailee Eldred paced the RiverHawks with 138 rebounds last season and had four double-double contests.  In her collegiate career between NSU and Murray State, Eldred has 557 rebounds and 951 points.   In the NSU record book, only eight players have surpassed 500 career rebounds.  
  • Recorded her ninth double-double with a career high 15 rebounds at Lincoln.
  • Scored a career high 25 points with ten boards against Missouri Southern on Jan. 17.
  • Netted her seventh double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Fort Hays State.
  • Sixth double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds against Bacone.
  • Recorded her fifth double-double at NSU with a 16 point and 12 rebound performance at Pitt State.
  • Eldred led Northeastern State with 11 points at OSU and at Oklahoma.
Block the Ball
Joi Bertrand returns to NSU for her senior season after finishing third in the MIAA in blocks per game at 1.5.  In four combined playing seasons, she has 154 blocks which would be most all-time in the RiverHawks' record book.
  • Second in conference play with 2.4 blocks a game.
  • Set a career best with five blocks against Missouri Western.
  • Has recorded a block in the first nine games of the season.
  • Matched a career high of four blocks in the season opener against East Central, at Oklahoma Baptist, and at UA-Fort Smith.
  • Scored eight points and led NSU with seven rebounds at Oklahoma.

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