Cold shooting hurts Wildcat women in loss at UNK

Wayne State shot just 33 percent from the field (21-of-62) as Nebraska-Kearney downed the Wildcats 59-52 Saturday in non-conference women’s college basketball at the UNK Health and Sports Center.

The Wildcats trailed 11-6 in the first quarter before closing the deficit to 15-14 after one quarter.

Wayne State used a Paige Ballinger free throw, Andrea Larson layup and Evelyn Knox 3-pointer to take a 20-15 lead at the 7:21 mark of the second quarter. The Wildcats took their biggest lead of the game at 26-19 on a Ballinger layup with 4:01 to play in the half before finishing with a 28-26 lead at intermission.

UNK took advantage of cold Wayne State shooting in the third quarter (3-14) to take the lead for good, outscoring Wayne State in the third quarter 16-8 to take a 42-36 lead after three quarters.

The Lopers pushed the lead to double digits at 50-38 with 6:10 to play before Wayne State made one last run. Down 54-43, Wayne State scored six straight points to get within 54-49 on a three-point play by Ballinger and got as close as three at 55-52 on a Maggie Schulte trey with 1:01 remaining. But UNK clinched the win with an Alyssa Frauendorfer layup and two McKenzie Brown free throws to seal the 59-52 win.

Ballinger led Wayne State in scoring with 17 points followed by Kacie O’Connor with 11 and Andrea Larson with 10.

UNK was led in scoring by Frauendorfer and Kennedy Sander with 17 points each while McKenzie Brown chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Ballinger led Wayne State on the glass with eight boards. Ballinger had five blocked shots while O’Connor was credited with four assists.

The Wildcats (2-2) play at UC-Colorado Springs Monday at 5 p.m. Central Time.

The Wayne Herald

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