Northwestern cuts GPAC tourney short for Bronco women
A three-point play by Anna Kiel with :24 left proves to be a game winner, as Northwestern beats Hastings College, 70-67, Wednesday in a GPAC tournament quarterfinal.
Holly Hild tried to tie it up with :02 left, but her shot was blocked. Emma Grenfell got one off as the horn sounded, but her shot missed the mark and the Broncos were done.
"We didn't get the one score and then we didn't get the one stop," summed up Jina Johansen, head coach of the Broncos.
Even though Hastings College was able to force several ties, Northwestern never trailed for the entirety of the second half.
"Leading up to that we just missed a lot of close range shots a lot of shots in general. We had chances to extend the lead and kind of help ourselves out a little bit and just didn't do it. So then it's a close game and they made one more play than we made," Johansen says.
Shooting was the lifeblood for Northwestern, who hit on 53.6% of their attempts, while it seemed to be the bane of Hastings, who connected on less than 37%.
The Broncos have, at times, lived and died by the three. Hastings hitting a grim 3-of-19 shots from deep. MacKenzie Willicott made a pair, while Grenfell landed the only other one.
Anna Kiel and Kassidy De Jong each scoring 17 points for the Red Raiders, tying for the team high.
Shandra Farmer and Rachel Jelden doing the exact same for Hastings College.
Finishing at 22-9, the Broncos do have a very likely chance of securing an at-large bid for the NAIA tournament. The qualifiers and bracket are being announced March 1 at 5 p.m. CST with a live selection show on NAIA.org.