Tahlequah Daily Press

College Sports

February 27, 2014

NSU teams routed at Nebraska Kearney

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Northeastern State women’s basketball team fell 61-58 to Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday night inside the Health & Sports Center.

The loss for the RiverHawks (10-15, 7-11 MIAA) drops them to ninth place in the conference standings with one game remaining in the regular season.

NSU will need to defeat Fort Hays State (at 6 pm Feb. 28 in Hays, Kan.) and have Northwest Missouri State lose at Central Missouri on March 1 in order for the RiverHawks to finish eighth in the final MIAA standings. A top-8 finish ensures NSU a home game in the first round of the MIAA Championship March 3.

The Lopers (9-16, 5-12 MIAA) used 18 offensive rebounds and a season-high 20 turnovers from Northeastern State to come from nine points down in the second half to earn the victory.

Freshman forward Mya Walker paced NSU with 19 points. She started the game 7 of 8 from the field but missed her last three shots. Junior guard Fontana Tate added 13 points, while freshman forward Che’Ron Lewis tallied 11 points.

NSU shot 48.9 percent (23-for-47) from the field, 28.6 percent (4-for-14) from downtown and 80 percent (8-for-10) at the line. UNK shot 29.2 percent (19-for-65) from the field, 24 percent (6-for-25) from behind the arc and 73.9 percent (17-for-23) at the free-throw line.

Nebraska-Kearney dominated NSU in points off turnovers (26-10), second-chance points (23-2), offensive rebounds (18-3), and fewest turnovers (11-20).

The Lopers were led by Amarah Williams and Shelby Zimmerman, who dominated the glass and both finished with double-doubles. Williams registered 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Zimmerman added 12 points and 10 boards. Laramey Lewis added 11 points for the home side.

Northeastern State jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, but the Lopers quickly responded and tied the score at 7-7 by the 15:35 mark. NSU fought for a minimal 19-16 edge at 8:38, and the team used a 6-0 run to pull ahead by nine points that lasted all the way to halftime.

Nebraska-Kearney again quickly responded, getting to within one at 32-31 with 18:17 to play in regulation. UNK finally took its first lead of the second half at 50-48 with 7:27 remaining, and the two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the game.

NSU led by four with 3:12 to play, but the Lopers would take advantage of a plethora of RiverHawks mistakes down the stretch to close on a game-winning 7-0 run.

Northeastern State has now lost seven-straight games on the road, which is the most since the 1998-99 season.

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