11-Feb-2019 / Tri-City Storm
Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Green Bay Gamblers by a final score of 5-2 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. In the win, Tri-City completed a two-game season sweep of Green Bay and maintained its first-place lead in the USHL league standings. The Storm got goals in the game from Brendan Budy (2), Ronnie Attard, Zac Jones, and Joe Berg. Storm goaltender Jake Barczewski made 19 saves and recorded his 15th victory of the season in goal. The Storm now hit the road for games against Central Illinois and Waterloo next weekend.
Less than five minutes into the game, Brendan Budy netted his 4th goal of the season to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Budy’s goal was scored at 4:18 of the 1st period and was assisted by Filip Forsmark. Ronnie Attard scored his 18th goal of the season minutes later to push the Storm lead to two goals. Attard’s 5th goal of the weekend was scored at 5:49 of the 1st period and was assisted by Brandan Furry and Shane Pinto. Zac Jones scored another goal for the Storm at 9:43 of the period to give Tri-City a 3-0 lead. Jones’ goal was assisted by Filip Forsmark and Ronnie Attard. Robert Herrman provided an answer from Green Bay with less than nine minutes to play in the 1st period to cut the Storm’s lead down to two goals. Tri-City outshot Green Bay 13-9 in the 1st period, and after no goals were scored in the 2nd period, carried a 3-1 lead into the 3rd period.
Nicholas Zabaneh scored his 8th goal of the year for the Gamblers at the 12:20 mark of the 3rd period to bring the Gamblers back within one goal of the Storm’s lead. Tri-City scored two goals in the final five minutes of the game to secure the victory. Brendan Budy scored his 5th goal of the season, and 2nd goal of the game at 15:13 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 4-2 lead. Filip Forsmark and Ronnie Attard recorded assists on the goal. For Forsmark, the assist on Budy’s goal was his 3rd of the game, and 25th of the 2018-2019 season. Joe Berg netted the game’s final goal at 17:09 of the period. Colton Kalezic registered the assist on the goal.
Filip Forsmark was named the game’s 3rd Star, Ronnie Attard collected 2nd Star honors, and Brendan Budy was named the 1st Star of the Game. The 5-2 final score gave Tri-City its 31st win of the season, and 17th on home ice. The Storm hit the road next weekend for three games in three days, before returning home to the Viaero Center on February 22nd & 23rd. Tri-City will host the Chicago Steel in its next two home games, with the puck drop scheduled for 7:05pm for both games.
Tri-City returns to action Friday in a road game against the Central Illinois Flying Aces. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:07pm
10-Feb-2019 / Ap
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Ainsworth 74, Boone Central/Newman Grove 57
Alliance 72, Brush, Colo. 32
Anselmo-Merna 60, Spalding Academy 41
Archbishop Bergan 81, Guardian Angels 56
Bellevue West 75, Elkhorn South 67
Bishop Neumann 76, Nebraska City Lourdes 31
Boys Town 59, Milford 47
Cambridge 56, Chase County 52
Centennial 53, Malcolm 33
Chadron 65, Newcastle, Wyo. 53
Columbus Lakeview 57, Columbus Scotus 54
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 65, Bellevue East 58
Ewing 49, Elgin Public/Pope John 47
Hartington Cedar Catholic 73, Lutheran High Northeast 63
Holdrege 44, St. Paul 34
Homer 52, Walthill 50
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Shelby/Rising City 57
Kenesaw 56, Bertrand 44
Lincoln East 73, Omaha Northwest 58
Lincoln Pius X 66, Lincoln Southwest 60
Lincoln Southeast 53, Fremont 37
Louisville 52, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 41
Millard West 53, Papillion-LaVista South 31
Minatare 46, Hyannis 43
Mitchell 74, Burns, Wyo. 39
Morrill 39, Gordon/Rushville 34
Norfolk 58, Millard South 44
Norris 61, Lincoln Christian 41
Omaha Bryan 85, Lincoln High 69
Omaha Creighton Prep 65, Rockhurst, Mo. 51
Omaha Roncalli 59, Omaha Concordia 41
Omaha South 69, Omaha Benson 53
Southwest 66, Axtell 60
St. Edward 65, Elkhorn Valley 34
Wahoo 81, Ashland-Greenwood 40
Wauneta-Palisade 81, Arthur County 30
Weeping Water 74, Heartland Christian, Iowa 30
Heartland Hoops Classic=
Aurora 72, Cozad 53
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Auburn 52
Grand Island Central Catholic 52, North Bend Central 43
Hastings 45, Freeman 40
Omaha Skutt Catholic 71, Adams Central 50
Riverside 72, Loomis 59
York 63, Bennington 43
Sacred Hoops Classic=
Lower Brule, S.D. 67, Winnebago 54
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Alliance 68, Brush, Colo. 48
Axtell 64, Southwest 50
Bertrand 39, Kenesaw 30
Boone Central/Newman Grove 53, Ainsworth 40
Chase County 60, Cambridge 53
Cody-Kilgore 57, McPherson County 31
Elkhorn South 63, Bellevue West 44
Fremont 73, Lincoln Southeast 46
Gordon/Rushville 47, Morrill 44
Harvard 57, Nebraska Lutheran 35
Homer 70, Walthill 43
Lincoln Christian 60, Norris 50
Lincoln East 55, Omaha Northwest 51
Lincoln High 56, Omaha Bryan 8
Lincoln North Star 43, Kearney 36
Lincoln Southwest 64, Lincoln Pius X 50
Millard South 44, Norfolk 27
Millard West 53, Papillion-LaVista South 31
Minatare 42, Hyannis 41
Mitchell 74, Burns, Wyo. 36
Nebraska City Lourdes 48, Sidney, Iowa 37
Omaha South 74, Omaha Benson 34
St. Paul 48, Holdrege 34
Wauneta-Palisade 43, Arthur County 28
Sacred Hoops Classic=
Lower Brule, S.D. 82, Winnebago 75 OT
10-Feb-2019 / UNK Lopers
Kearney, Neb. – Four players scored in double figures to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past Pittsburg State, 65-63, Saturday evening in Kansas.
The Lopers (8-14, 3-10) pick up its second road win of the year while the Gorillas (14-9, 7-7) drop a fifth straight game. Both teams were a bit short handed as Pitt was minus two starters, including guard Donovan Franklin (21.7 points per game), with UNK junior Kyle Juhl sidelined for most of the day with a shoulder ailment.
Pitt, also featuring senior guard Grant Lozoya (24.0 ppg), got out to a 31-17 lead 14 minutes into the action. UNK was just 1 of 13 from behind the three point line in the opening half but a zone defense and some work around the rim by sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) made it just a seven-point hole, 36-29, by the break.
"I think our zone helped us get back in it. Once we got (the deficit) down by halftime, that kind of got us going and gave us a chance," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "Our zone really helped us all weekend. It got us back into it at Missouri Southern and it did the same thing today. We wanted to shortened the game … we need it to be in the 60's and not the 70's or 80's."
UNK tied things up at 51 with 8:59 left after a bucket by junior forward AJ Jackson (Bellevue West). However, Pitt went ahead by four a few minutes later. The final 3:42 saw several lead changes with a triple from the top of the key by freshman Kanon Koster (Kearney) finishing the scoring. The game-winning bucket came at the 1:45 mark.
Pitt missed its last five shots, four of which were taken by Lozoya. With nine tenths of a second left, he managed to get off a corner three that clanked off the side of the backboard. Guarded by Jackson, Lozoya was limited to 12 points on 6 of 18 shooting (0 of 6 threes). The Lopers final 1:45 included a missed shot and turnover. Luckily, UNK didn't foul a lot and managed to take some time off the clock late with a couple of none-shooting fouls.
"We're very proud of our guys. Anytime you get a split on the road you take it and run," said Lofton. "Pitt got off to a really good start and it looked like we were running in quick sand for a while."
Having a plus four rebounding margin, Kearney shot 42 percent from the field and was 9 of 11 at the line. Baker Magrath had 10 of his 12 points in the first half with Jackson tallying a team-best 17 on 7 of 10 shooting. He also went 3 of 3 at the line and has now scored 54 points in the last three games (18.0 avg.).
Next, Koster scored 13 as he hit two of UNK's four treys with Alliance sophomore Austin Luger coming off the bench to provide 14 points, five rebounds (three offensive) and two steals in just 21 minutes. The 14 points ties his career-high point total.
"Austin made a lot of really big plays. When you get the opportunity you have to be ready to make the most of it and he definitely did that today," said Lofton. "AJ did a good job guarding their best player and Weston did some good things early when we couldn't find the basket. He came alive around the rim and gave us some points when we desperately needed them."
Going 7 of 28 from behind the arc, Pitt was led by Sam Houston State (Texas) transfer Demetrius Levearity who had 23 points on nine made field goals (three triples). Lozoya, besides his point total, had eight assists and eight rebounds.
UNK hosts the Lincoln Blue Tigers Thursday night. LU (16-6, 9-4) lost to No. 1 Northwest Missouri State today, 75-57.
10-Feb-2019 / Ap
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Grady Eifert gave No. 15 Purdue the boost it needed Saturday.
And once the senior forward got started, the Boilermakers took off.
Eifert scored 16 points and had four steals, both career highs, and grabbed five offensive rebounds to help Purdue overcome a sluggish start and pull away for an 81-62 victory over Nebraska.
"We talked at halftime about getting more offensive rebounds and more open looks for our guys," he said. "We were trying to play through it with hustle and energy."
Nobody did it better than Eifert, the younger brother of NFL tight end Tyler Eifert and one of the most underrated players on Purdue's roster.
While Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and Nojel Eastern had 12 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double in six games, Eifert almost single-handedly turned the game with the kind of gritty hustle plays coach Matt Painter appreciates.
Things started to change when Eifert hit the deck to make a steal then flipped an outlet pass to Eastern for a breakaway basket. On the Boilermakers' next possession, Eifert's second 3-pointer of the game closed out the decisive 8-0 run and when Ryan Cline followed with another 3, the Boilermakers had a turned a 39-35 cushion into a 50-38 runaway.
Painter wasn't the only one raving.
In the waning minutes, fans chanted M-V-P, M-V-P as Eifert celebrated his 100th career win, and Cornhuskers coach Tim Miles joined the chorus after the Boilermakers (17-6, 10-2) won their eighth straight.
"I thought the guy who hurt us tonight was Grady Eifert and I know that's hard to say when Carsen Edwards has 27," he said.
Thomas Allen made five 3s and matched his season-high with 18 points for Nebraska (13-11, 3-10). James Palmer Jr. added 17 points as the Cornhuskers' losing streak hit seven — the last four without injured forward Isaac Copeland.
But Nebraska did play better.
With the Boilermakers off to a lackluster start, the Cornhuskers took a 25-21 lead on Palmer's 3 with 7 minutes left in the first half.
That's when Eifert & Co. cranked up the defensive intensity. Purdue allowed just one basket the rest of the half, used an 8-3 run to take a 33-31 halftime and then relied on the momentum and Eifert's impact to take control early in the second half.
"You have to have a competitiveness to you and I thought Grady really brought tonight," Painter said. "We did a better job (in the second half) feeding off those hustle plays Grady and Nojel were making."
Nebraska: Clearly, the Cornhuskers aren't the same without Copeland. But they showed some promise by hanging around most of the night against a Big Ten contender.
Purdue: The Boilermakers have won 14 straight at home. But on Saturday, they showed they can win even when they don't play their best. Purdue relied on its usual three-pronged approach — defense, hustle and ball movement — to pull away late. And it should keep them climbing in the poll.
Nebraska: Glynn Watson Jr. scored four points after being shut out for the first time since his freshman season Wednesday at Maryland. ... The Cornhuskers had eight turnovers but were outrebounded 39-24. ... Nebraska is 0-7 all-time at Mackey Arena and has lost five of the last six in the series. ... The Cornhuskers shot 38.2 percent from the field.
Purdue: Eifert finished with seven rebounds. ... Purdue's 10-2 mark in conference play is tied for the fifth-best mark in school history. ... Painter won his 312th game and needs four more to move into the top 10 in Big Ten history.
TRIBUTE TO TRENT
The Boilermakers honored the late Tyler Trent, at their annual Hammer Down Cancer game.
They presented a check for nearly $13,000 to the fund in Trent's name at the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. Athletic director Mike Bobinski also gave Trent's family a framed No. 1 jersey, drawing the loudest roar of the night from the crowd.
The 20-year-old Trent became a national inspiration during the football season as he rooted on the Boilermakers. Trent died on Jan. 1 from a rare form of bone cancer.
Nebraska: Will try to end its skid when it heads home Wednesday to face Minnesota.
Purdue: Can make a major statement Tuesday at No. 24 Maryland.
10-Feb-2019 / Ap
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Alliance 64, Rapid City Christian, S.D. 43
Anselmo-Merna 64, Ansley-Litchfield 60
Arapahoe 55, Bertrand 54
Aurora 59, Crete 29
Axtell 53, Elwood 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 42, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 32
Bayard 59, Minatare 41
Bishop Neumann 63, Archbishop Bergan 42
Blair 67, Columbus 63
Boyd County 60, Niobrara/Verdigre 52
Boys Town 57, Nebraska City Lourdes 55
Brady 67, Medicine Valley 23
Bridgeport 53, Gordon/Rushville 36
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50, High Plains Community 35
Burwell 70, Heartland Lutheran 41
Cambridge 63, Alma 53
Centennial 62, Aquinas 43
Central Valley 63, Twin Loup 34
Centura 55, Arcadia-Loup City 37
Clarkson/Leigh 78, East Butler 72
Cozad 67, Broken Bow 63
Creek Valley 63, South Platte 55
Creighton 43, Plainview 33
Deshler 42, Blue Hill 39
Diller-Odell 54, Friend 36
Doniphan-Trumbull 73, Wood River 51
Dundy County-Stratton 61, Southern Valley 57
Elkhorn Mount Michael 60, Lincoln Lutheran 59
Elm Creek 53, Amherst 51
Elmwood-Murdock 50, Falls City 35
Exeter/Milligan 58, Cross County 52
Fairbury 46, Schuyler 26
Falls City Sacred Heart 54, North Andrew, Mo. 40
Fort Calhoun 56, Raymond Central 43
Giltner def. Hampton, forfeit
Gothenburg 58, Ainsworth 53
Grand Island Northwest 66, Beatrice 51
Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 43, Sioux County 27
Hay Springs 59, Garden County 50
Hitchcock County 52, Wallace 47
Holdrege 48, Central City 31
Johnson-Brock 65, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 32
Kearney 65, Omaha North 54
Kimball 66, Hemingford 56
Lincoln East 48, Lincoln Southwest 42
Lincoln High 64, Bellevue East 55
Lincoln Pius X 86, Fremont 50
Lincoln Southeast 66, Omaha Burke 57
McCool Junction 56, Dorchester 36
Meridian 51, Silver Lake 50
Milford 57, Sandy Creek 20
Millard North 63, Omaha Northwest 53
Millard West 76, Omaha Benson 65
Mullen 45, Hyannis 35
Nebraska Christian 59, Palmer 24
Neligh-Oakdale 45, CWC 29
Norfolk 55, Grand Island 52
North Platte 65, Gering 49
Oakland-Craig 77, West Point-Beemer 57
Ogallala 70, Mitchell 68
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 67, Cedar Bluffs 23
Omaha Central 69, Millard South 57
Omaha Christian Academy 34, Mead 33
Omaha Creighton Prep 69, Bellevue West 66
Omaha Nation 71, Emerson-Hubbard 65
Omaha South 48, Omaha Bryan 43
Omaha Westside 68, Papillion-LaVista 43
Ord 48, O'Neill 44
Osmond 47, Wausa 19
Overton 69, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37
Papillion-LaVista South 66, Elkhorn South 52
Parkview Christian 76, Lewiston 51
Pleasanton 48, Loomis 34
Ponca 78, Homer 54
Randolph 58, Crofton 47
Riverside 69, Norfolk Catholic 55
Sandhills/Thedford 59, Cody-Kilgore 38
Scottsbluff 76, McCook 52
Shelby/Rising City 62, Osceola 10
Shelton 40, Harvard 38
Sidney 54, Chadron 52
South Loup 68, Eustis-Farnam 47
South Sioux City 45, Omaha Gross Catholic 42
Southern 58, Thayer Central 51
Stuart 45, Ewing 35
Superior 53, Lawrence-Nelson 43
Sutton 55, Fillmore Central 32
Syracuse 50, Conestoga 37
Tekamah-Herman 73, Whiting, Iowa 48
Tri County 73, Sterling 61
Wakefield 48, Howells/Dodge 43
Wauneta-Palisade 88, Maywood-Hayes Center 30
Waverly 62, Plattsmouth 43
Wayne 74, Arlington 50
Wilber-Clatonia 47, David City 46
York 61, Seward 45
Yutan 54, Johnson County Central 33
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Winnebago vs. Crow Creek, S.D., ccd.
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Ainsworth 47, Gothenburg 31
Amherst 47, Elm Creek 44
Ansley-Litchfield 51, Anselmo-Merna 40
Aquinas 43, Centennial 41
Arapahoe 28, Bertrand 15
Arcadia-Loup City 48, Centura 39
Arlington 58, Wayne 40
Axtell 51, Elwood 46
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 25
Bayard 30, Minatare 19
Beatrice 55, Grand Island Northwest 49
Bishop Neumann 71, Archbishop Bergan 50
Blue Hill 61, Deshler 25
Bridgeport 46, Gordon/Rushville 41
Broken Bow 43, Cozad 27
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 47, High Plains Community 14
Burwell 73, Heartland Lutheran 28
CWC 50, Neligh-Oakdale 25
Cambridge 62, Alma 50
Central City 55, Holdrege 38
Central Valley 54, Twin Loup 18
Cody-Kilgore 55, Sandhills/Thedford 40
Columbus 43, Blair 32
10-Feb-2019 / North Platte CC Athletics
Borger, Texas – The North Platte Community College Knights softball concluded their weekend road trip with a split in a doubleheader against Frank Phillips College, winning the first game, 9-5, and being defeated on a walk-off, 7-8 in the second game.
In the first game, Hallei Morales, from North Platte, went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored two runs.
In the second game, Mikayla Gibson, from West Valley, Utah went 2 for 4 from the plate and scored two runs.
“We showed a lot of heart, fight and potential and will be able to build off of these games. We fought through the cold and 20-30mph winds both days.” Knights Head Coach Janelle Higgins said . ”We need to stay focused for 7 innings and execute on both sides of the field to help ourselves early in games.”
The Knights were to play in a doubleheader on Sunday at Dodge City Community College Those games were postponed due to ice and snow on the field.
The Knights will go back to Texas, Feb. 16 – 17 and play a couple of doubleheaders against Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas
The Knights are 1-3 on the season.
10-Feb-2019 / Tri-City Storm
Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Green Bay Gamblers by a final score of 7-0 Friday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. The win was highlighted by defenseman Ronnie Attard’s four goal performance, and a 27 save shutout by goaltender Jake Barczewski. Attard’s four goals are the most in a single game by a Storm defenseman in team history. Forward Joel L’Esperance scored four goals on December 7th, 2013 in a 6-3 Tri-City win over Cedar Rapids. Tri-City also got goals in the game from Colby Ambrosio, Joe Berg, and Joe Molenaar. Jake Barczewski recorded his 2nd career shutout, and 1st shutout of the 2018-2019 regular season with 27 saves on Green Bay’s 27 shots. The Storm face off against the Gamblers again tomorrow night at the Viaero Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm. For tickets, visit www.stormhockey.com, or call 308-338-8144.
Tri-City outshot Green Bay 10-7 in a 1st period that saw no goals scored by either team. Ronnie Attard netted his 1st goal of the game 25 seconds into the 2nd period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Connor McMenamin and Brendan Budy. Colby Ambrosio scored his 11th goal of the season at 10:39 of the 2nd period to increase the Storm lead to two. Ambrosio’s goal was assisted by Joe Molenaar and Khristian Acosta. The game’s first power play goal was scored by Ronnie Attard at 14:47 of the 2nd period. Attard’s 2nd goal of the game was his 16th of the season and was assisted by Brendan Budy and Zac Jones. Attard added another power play goal minutes later to increase the Storm lead to four goals. Attard’s hat trick goal scored at 18:36 was his 16th of the season and was assisted by Zac Jones and Brendan Budy. The Storm outshot the Gamblers 18-10 in the 2nd period and carried a 4-0 lead into the 3rd period.
At 6:04 of the 3rd period, Joe Berg scored his 4th goal of the season to give Tri-City a five-goal lead in the game. The goal was assisted by Colton Kalezic. Ronnie Attard scored his 4th goal of the game at the 13:12 mark of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 6-0 lead. Attard’s goal tied a team record for most goals scored in a single game, and the goal set a new team record for most goals scored in a single game by a defenseman. The goal also gave Attard the lead for most goals scored by a defenseman in the USHL this season. Joe Molenaar sored the game’s final goal at 15:42 of the 3rd period on a goal assisted by Colby Ambrosio. Ambrosio was named the game’s 3rd Star, Jake Barczewski picked up 2nd Star honors, and Ronnie Attard was named the game’s 1st Star.
In the win, Tri-City recorded its 30th win of the season and maintained a one-point lead over Muskegon in the USHL league standings.
10-Feb-2019 / North Platte CC Athletics
Columbus – The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team defeated the Central Community College Raiders 92-57 in a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game on Friday evening.
The Knights led 43-36 at halftime and outscored the Raiders in the second half 49-31.
The Knights, now 17-3 overall and 3-1 in NCCAC play, had five players scoring in double figures led by Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, with 16 points. DaVonte Tharpe, from Macon, Ga, was next with 15 points. Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, added 12 points, and Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, contributed 11 points. Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, was the fifth Knight to score in double figures with 10 points.
Karwowski grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Knights and had three blocked shots.
The Raiders, 9-13 overall, and 0-4 in NCCAC play, were led in scoring by Damien Marquez with 15 points. Tre'vion Crawford added 14 points and Manape Cleveland had 11 points.
Nathan Frost had six rebounds to lead the Raiders.
10-Feb-2019 / North Platte CC Athletics
Columbus – The Central Community College Raiders women's basketball team defeated the North Platte Community College Knights, 72-65 in Region IX Division II action Friday afternoon.
The Raiders held a 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Knights kept even with the Raiders in the second quarter. Each team scored 13 and the Raiders held a 32-30 lead at halftime.
The Raiders increased their lead in the third quarter outscoring the Knights 20-14 to lead 52-44 going into the fourth quarter.
The Knights cut into the Raiders lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Raiders 23-22.
The Knights, now 3-19 on the season, and 0-3 in Region IX Division II play, were led in scoring by Nahatabaa Nacona, from Chinle, Ariz., with 20 points. Emily Joseph, from St. Petersburg, Fla., added 18 points on five three-pointers. Dehje Belmore, from Denver, Colo., added 10 points.
Madisyn Francis, from Houston, Texas, was a point away from recording a double-double by scoring nine points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Raiders are 9-13 on the season and 3-0 in Region IX Division II play.
Dayzchaylon Gardner led the Raiders with 23 points. Monica Brooks had 15 points and Alexis Ramaekers added 13 points.
Averie Miller had 11 rebounds to lead the Raiders.
10-Feb-2019 / UNK Lopers
Kearney, Neb. – Junior forward Athena Alvarado had a double double and Pittsburg State led from start to finish in beating Nebraska-Kearney, 68-42,Saturday afternoon in Kansas.
The Gorillas (18-5, 10-4) stop a three-game home losing streak while theLopers (13-9, 6-7) fall to 3-5 on the road.
Shooting 45 percent from the field and having a plus 13 rebounding margin, Pitt scored the game's first six points and never looked back. UNK, tallying eight points in the first quarter and nine in the second, was down 25-17 with 3:24 left in the half after a bucket by freshman post Brooke Carlson(Elkhorn). The Gorillas promptly went on a 19-0 run over the next seven minutes to put things on ice.
UNK's season-low point total came on a season-low 24 percent (15 of 62) shooting. The Lopers went 5 of 18 from behind the arc, 10 of 44 inside and made 7 of 13 free throws.
"I thought our effort was good and we played hard. But at times we didn't execute the right way … we missed some plays in the first half that would've made the score closer. We had a lot of easy shots that we missed," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey.
A six-footer, Alvarado went 6 of 8 from the floor to score 12 with five of her 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. Reserves Tristan Gregg (13) andSydnee Crain (12) combined for 25 points as they hit three triples and four free throws.
UNK was led by freshman reserve forward Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) who had 11 points and six rebounds. She was 3 of 6 from behind the arc with all six of her boards coming on the defensive end. Next, freshman forwardShiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) had 10 points and six rebounds with Carlson pulling down seven boards and scoring six.
Kearney hosts the Lincoln Blue Tigers (10-12, 2-11) on Thursday night. Lincoln beat Northwest Missouri State, 64-51, today at home.