UNK Goes from Cold toHot; Season-Low 10 Turnovers
Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women'sbasketball team flipped the script and used a big second half to beat NorthwestMissouri State, 70-59, Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.
UNK (6-7, 3-4) is now 4-0 at home while the Bearcats slip to4-8 (1-4).
The Lopers led 16-10 about nine minutes into the game.That's when Northwest took over, going on a 17-0 run to open up a 14-pointlead, 39-25, at the break.
Over the first 20 minutes, UNK couldn't buy a basket, going11 of 41 (26.8%) from the field. Meanwhile, Northwest couldn't miss, making overhalf its shots (15 of 28).
The tables quickly turned in the second half as the Lopersoutscored the ‘Cats by 25 points, 45-20. UNK started the half on a 12-2 run andshot 54% (19 of 35) over the final 20 minutes.
Just like Kearney in the first half, Northwest couldn't makea shot, converting on just 6 of 25 opportunities (24.0%). For the game, UNKtook 23 more shots than the ‘Cats, 76-53.
A jumper by junior post Amarah Williams (St. Louis, Mo.)broke a 52 all tie at the 7:52 mark to give the Lopers the lead for good.Northwest did get the deficit down to six but Kearney made four free throws andgot two more buckets from Williams in the final 2:37 to secure the win.
Williams finished with a double double (13 points & 10rebounds) as she had 10 points and six boards in the second half. She alsoblocked three shots and had two steals.
Next, Lexington sophomore Sydney Seberger came off the benchto make five shots and tally 11 points with Kansas junior Rylie Bowser at fourpoints, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Finally, Trentonsophomore Laramey Lewis was close to a rare triple double (nine rebounds, sevenpoints, seven assists and three steals).
Junior college transfer Ariel Easton paced Northwest,scoring 20 on 8 of 18 (2 of 6 threes) shooting. She also had five boars, threeassists and a steal.
UNK heads to Oklahoma next weekend to face UCO andNortheastern State.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information