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College of St. Mary edges Hastings College women 75-72

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:09 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The College of Saint Mary celebrated its first Great Plains Athletic Conference road win of the season Tuesday, after handing the Hastings College women just their second loss on the year, 75-72.

“This is a huge road win for us,” CSM Coach Kirk Walker said. “Hastings has been playing really well. I’m so happy for our team – we found a way to win.”

The Flames got off to a rocky start and trailed 9-0 to open the game. Hastings stretched that lead to a 15-3 advantage at one point.

“We did not get out of the gates well at all,” Walker said. “But I thought we were pretty resilient all night. When it mattered, we found a way to make shots, rebound the ball, get steals and get blocks.”

CSM trailed Hastings 22-17 after the opening quarter, but locked down the Broncos on the defensive end and outscored the home team 20-14 in the second quarter. Hastings outscored CSM 22-20 in the third quarter, but the Flames bested the Broncos 18-14 in the final frame for the win.

Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (JR/Omaha, Neb.), who was named the GPAC Player of the Week earlier in the day, led the Flames with 17 points, six assists and three steals. Honnah Leo (SO/Omaha, Neb.) canned 11 points and had six rebounds, while Jada Scott (SR/Stafford, Texas) tossed in 10 points. Also for the Flames, Madelyn Turner (JR/Bennington, Neb.) tallied nine points, Kenzi Hoit (JR/Omaha, Neb.) added eight points and both E’Saunjia Stewart (SO/Omaha, Neb.) and Sidney Anderson (FR/Omaha, Neb.) finished with seven points. Anderson also had a game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks. CSM’s Clare Lewandowski (JR/Lincoln, Neb.) pulled down six boards.

“We had a lot of contributors tonight,” Walker said. “Throughout the game we had different players step up. I thought ‘E’ had a really good night and both (Allison and Allisa) Schuberts played well. Jada had a good night and Kenzi had a huge 3-pointer and the big block at the end of the game.”

The Flames are now 2-2 in the GPAC and 8-2 overall. Hastings drops to 2-1, 6-2. CSM continues its road trip to Kearney Wednesday with an exhibition game at UNK at 2 p.m.

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