Nebraska-Kearney grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and held a 15-6 edge in second chance points as the Lopers held off Wayne State College 83-79 Saturday evening in a non-conference women’s basketball game played at the UNK Health and Sports Center in Kearney to conclude the 2019 UNK Crossover Tournament. UNK is 2-0 on the year with WSC falling to 1-1, losing to UNK for the fourth straight time in Kearney dating back to 2005.
The Wildcats led much of the first quarter, building a pair of seven point leads (11-4 and 13-6) before finishing the first quarter with a 16-12 lead.
UNK scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to take the lead for good. The Lopers ended with a 15-3 run and held a 27-19 lead at the 6:06 mark of the second quarter. WSC got as close as two (36-34) right before halftime and trailed 38-34 at intermission.
In the third quarter, WSC got within one at 41-40 with 8:38 to play in the quarter following an Erin Norling jumper.
UNK pushed the lead back to eight at 57-49 and closed the quarter with a 63-59 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter WSC trailed by three at 66-63 following a Josey Ryan 3-pointer.
The Lopers then scored the next seven points to take the first double-digit lead of the night at 73-63 with 6:19 to play.
A Halley Busse 3-pointer with 1:14 to play pulled Wayne State within three at 80-77 and the Lopers made 3 of 4 free throws late to hang on for the 83-79 win.
Wayne State made 25 of 61 shots from the field for 41 percent, including 7 for 18 behind the arc. The ‘Cats were 22 for 28 (78.6%) at the free throw line.
Junior center Brittany Bongartz led four Wildcat players in double figures with 19 points. Norling had 18 followed by Busse with 17 and sophomore reserve guard Kylie Hammer scored 11.
Nebraska-Kearney was 29 of 65 from the field (44.6%), going 7 of 23 from the 3-point line and 18 for 35 at the free throw line.
Brooke Carlson had a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lopers. Maegan Holt added 17 points with Kelsey Sanger scoring 10.
UNK out-rebounded WSC 45-37, thanks to 16 offensive rebounds. Norling and Josey Ryan each had seven boards for WSC.
Busse had four assists and two steals for WSC while Bongartz was credited with four blocked shots.
Wayne State will play their home opener Wednesday evening against Peru State in a 5:30 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium.