In a season that growing pains looked to be the potential theme, the University of Nebraska at Kearney Women’s Basketball Team has played exceptionally well early in this season. The team had its struggles early on starting 0-2, but they have won four straight games and are playing strong basketball. This past weekend UNK hosted the UNK Crossover Tournament and came away with a pair of wins first over Chadron State 72-52 and then over Colorado-Colorado Springs 61-45.
This week UNK will have just one contest and it will be against Manhattan Christian on Wednesday, November 28th. The Thunder plays in the National Christian College Athletic Association. Manhattan Christian last season was able to win the MCCC regular season championship and the MCCC tournament as well. This season they are 1-1, but they have played a number of exhibition games, which this contest against Kearney will be that format as well.
The top scorer for the Thunder is Maisie Schroeder at 20 points per game. Schroeder is just a freshman and has found a way to put the ball in the basket. She is shooting at a 44% clip so she has been fairly effective. Kennedy Wilson will be the other player to watch for Manhattan Christian. Wilson is a sophomore and this season she is averaging a double-double with 11.5 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman Shiloh McCool continues to impress for UNK as she leads the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game. She is also pulling down 6.8 rebounds per game. Senior Jaymie Bernbeck is easing her way back from injury and in just 18 minutes per game, she is averaging 6.3 points per game. Look for her scoring average to go up as she gets more minutes this season.
As a team, UNK is averaging 71.7 points per game, shooting 42.5% from the field, and 30% from three-point range. On defense, they have been solid allowing 58.2 points per game on average, holding their opponents to 36.5% shooting from the field, and 28.7% from the three-point line.
The Lopers will play on Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. and you can hear the game on 93.1 The River with pregame set for 5:20 P.M.