Without top scorer, Loper women stumbled in MIAA games

UNK senior Alyssa Frauendorfer (12) goes up for a lay up against Pittsburg State on Nov. 30, 2017 (KHGI)

It began as the third best start in UNK women's basketball history, but in suffering back–to–back MIAA losses, the Lopers found themselves somewhat limited offensively, hitting 31.0% of their shots.

"With shooting, it's some nights we're really hot and some nights we're really not," senior guard McKenzie Brown says. "So when we're not hot we've gotten back into the gym and definitely worked harder on our shots."

"We did not shoot the ball particularly well in either of those games," said head coach Carrie Hofstetter. "Partly because the defenses we were playing against were really good. Your shot selection changes when you take a significant scorer out of the picture."

This problem arose as UNK is without senior forward Alyssa Frauendorfer, who currently ranks seventh in the conference with 15.6 points per game. In her absence, the Lopers were held to 103 points in two one–sided losses.

"She played a big role in our team and when she went down a lot of us had to figure out what our role on this team was, so those last two games we were struggling to find everyone else's role," said Michaela Barry, who is one spot behind Frauendorfer in the MIAA hierarchy of scorers at 14.5 points per outing.

UNK did alright without her against the inferior Manhattan Christian College Saturday, scoring 96 while shooting 57.1% from the field. Key word: inferior.

As of now, Frauendorfer is likely out until UNK's first game of the New Year, at Southwest Baptist on Jan. 4. The Lopers return to the court at the Health and Sports Center, Dec. 30, against York College.

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