UNK Goes from Cold to Hot; Season-Low 10 Turnovers
Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball team flipped the script and used a big second half to beat Northwest Missouri 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 to 4-8 (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-point lead, 39-25, at the break.
Over the first 20 minutes, UNK couldn't buy a basket, going 11 of 41 (26.8%) from the field. Meanwhile, Northwest couldn't miss, making over half its shots (15 of 28).
The tables quickly turned in the second half as the Lopers outscored the ‘Cats by 25 points, 45-20. UNK started the half on a 12-2 run and shot 54% (19 of 35) over the final 20 minutes.
Just like Kearney in the first half, Northwest couldn't make a shot, converting on just 6 of 25 opportunities (24.0%). For the game, UNK took 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 and got two more buckets from Williams in the final 2:37 to secure the win.
Williams finished with a double double (13 points & 10 rebounds) as she had 10 points and six boards in the second half. She also blocked three shots and had two steals.
Next, Lexington sophomore Sydney Seberger came off the bench to make five shots and tally 11 points with Kansas junior Rylie Bowser at four points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Finally, Trenton sophomore Laramey Lewis was close to a rare triple double (nine rebounds, seven points, 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, three assists and a steal.
UNK heads to Oklahoma next weekend to face UCO and Northeastern State.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information