UNK women’s basketball explodes # 8 Colorado School of Mines
KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – The Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team sank nine three-pointers, committed just nine turnovers, was more six on the glass and had four double-digit points to pass No. 8/23 from the Colorado School of Mines, 76-57, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.
The Lopers improve to 3-1 while the Orediggers fall to 3-1. Mines was ranked 23rd in the WBCA Preseason D2 Top 25 poll while also being eighth in the latest national D2 Sports Information Directors rankings.
The ‘Diggers, who went 17-3 last winter, came in with a rebound margin of over 10 and forcing 25 turnovers per night. Their trapping defense also limited opponents to 33% shots from the field. UNK passed each of those tests with a top four threes, was strong on the glass (10 offensives and 33 defensives) and had just three turnovers in the first half.
“It was a very good team effort on both sides of the pitch. Obviously it’s the best we’ve played this year, ”Loper head coach said. Carrie Eighmey. “Defensively, we played with a lot of effort and attention to detail. We were really good at getting to know the scout and being able to bounce back in this game was huge. “
Leading most of the way, UNK took a 21-11 lead after a triple from the South Dakota junior wing Klaire Kirsch. As Mines scored the next eight, Loper’s lead was back in double digits by the middle of the second quarter. With a 42-33 lead at the break, UNK opened things up with a 10-0 score in the third period. A Kirsch layup capped the push and forced the ‘Diggers to call the 54-37 timeout. They didn’t come closer than 12 the rest of the day.
“At both ends of the pitch we did a good job executing our game plan. They loved to speed up teams… in the first half, they trapped every screen of the ball and every transfer. We handled that pressure well and in the second half they had to back down, ”said Eighmey.
Kirsch recorded his second double double (14 points and 10 rebounds) of the young season while gong 3 of 5 behind the arc. South Dakota Companion Law of the Trinity sank 4 of 8 triples to score a career-high 18. She has now hit double-digit triple digits this year. Then Iowa reserves ahead Shiloh mccool had 16 points for a second straight game. She was a perfect 7 of 7 in the field while also having six boards and three dimes.
”(Early 3′s) These were excellent shots. They were on the beat, they were catch and shoot, they were wide open. We did a good job moving the ball around and finding the open shot, ”said Eighmey.
Finally for the Lopers, the Kansas forward Elisa Backes had 15 points, eight rebounds, six drawn fouls, two blocks and two assists. Shooting 48-32%, the ‘Diggers were led by starters Denali Pinto (15 points) and Ashley Steffeck (10 points).
The Lopers host NAIA College of St. Mary’s Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Flames (7-1) are at Hastings the night before.
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