Loper bench blows by Central Christian
KEARNEY --- Five reserves scored in double figures and Nebraska-Kearney used a big third quarter to roll past Central Christian College, 87-48, Monday night at the Health & Sports Center.
The Lopers improve to 2-0 while the Tigers, an independent from the NAIA out of McPherson, Kan., remain 0-4. By NAIA rules, this game served as an exhibition for CCC.
"Early in the season you're always looking for opportunities to play the newcomers and your young kids. I thought they did a really good job of stepping in and, for several of them, this was their very first college game. They were a little nervous at first but settled in and were much more comfortable," said UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey.
Freshman post Logan Sanger had a night, going 9–of–11 from the field and dropping a game high 19 points. All of this production came in 16 minutes.
Another Loper freshman, guard Kelsey Sanger, went 7–for–9 shooting and dropped 15 more for coach Eighmey's crew.
"We have some talented kids. Especially in the second half, we did a much better job of being patient, sharing the ball and trying to work for a really good shot," said Eighmey. "Logan did a really good job in the paint and finished a lot of shots around the rim. We did a good job of getting her the ball and giving her opportunities."
UNK tallied an incredible 77 bench points as four starters –Michaela Barry, McKenzie Brown, Alyssa Frauendorfer and Jenna Gillespie – played just the opening minutes of the first quarter. The Lopers fifth starter, junior forwardJaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.), had seven rebounds and five points in 10 minutes.
Kearney finished the night shooting 56 percent (32 of 75) from the field and 70 percent (19 of 27) from the line. Tallying 25 points in the third quarter and 23 in the first, UNK grabbed the third most rebounds (63) in school history. Twenty of those came at the offensive end and led to 14 points.
UNK heads to Hays, Kan., this weekend to face the Newman Jets (Fri.) and Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions (Sat.). The women are not home again until Saturday, Nov. 25.