Carlson making big impact for Lady Lopers

    Carlson has picked up the collegiate game quickly, allowing both her and the Lady Lopers to remain competitive in the MIAA. (KHGI)

    The UNK women's basketball team has made life difficult for foes as of late, as they've played to the tune of three wins and two overtime losses over their last seven games.

    One of the big reasons behind their success is their big on the floor, Brooke Carlson.

    "I didn't really expect (this success)," said Carlson. "I just knew that coaches were going to coach me hard, and that if I kept working hard, that I could benefit this team."

    Only a freshman, the Elkhorn native is leading the team in scoring at 11 points per game, and that number has only improved in conference play.

    "Brooke is a great kid. She's very intelligent, and that definitely helps her on the basketball court," said head coach Carrie Eighmey. "A hard worker, she's improved a ton. She has great hands, great feet, she's physical. I could go on and on about the things that allow her to help her team, and it doesn't surprise me by any means."

    Despite her recent dominance, Carlson has only started 11 games this year, as it took her some time to adjust to the collegiate level.

    The team is glad she has, as she's adding 5.1 rebounds and 1 block per game. Carlson is also shooting a solid .763 from the free-throw line.

    The Lopers have six games remaining in the regular season, with four of the contests set to take place at Health & Sports Center.

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