Hasting College cruises past Bellevue, 91-67

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HASTINGS, Neb - The Hastings College women's basketball team opened up an early double digit lead en route to a 91-67 victory over (RV) Bellevue on Tuesday night in Lynn Farrell Arena.

The Bruins and Broncos were in a tight battle late in the first quarter as Hastings was leading 19-17 following a Morgan Cuffe free throw with 2:14 remaining in the period.

This is where Hastings would show its might as Mackenzie Willicott (SR/Blue Hill, NE) picked off a pass and drove in for the easy layup putting the Broncos up 21-17.

On the next possession for HC, Willicott buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to pad the lead to 24-17. Hastings was not done as Kaitlyn Schmit (SO/Omaha, NE) drained a three followed by an Emma Grenfell (JR/York, NE) layup with just seconds left in the quarter as the Broncos took a 29-17 lead into the second quarter.

From there, the Broncos would not relinquish its double digit lead for the rest of the game.

Grenfell had her best night as a Bronco scoring a career high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Farmer led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Hastings came out of the gates on fire shooting 60 percent from the field in the first half while finishing the game at 53 percent. The Bruis were held to just 35 percent shooting.

The turnover bug caught up to both teams as Hastings committed 26 turnover while Bellevue committed 24.

Taylor Beacom (FR/Papillion, NE) led Hastings with three steals while Wilicott finished the night with 11 points. Kennedy Sander (JR/Lincoln, NE) added eight points to go along with her six boards.

The teams also combined for 53 total free throws as both teams battled through foul trouble in the second half.

Hastings improves to 4-3 (2-2) on the year and will be back in action Friday Nov. 23 taking part in the C3 Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. Hastings will play Aquinas with tip-off set for 4:00 p.m. in Lynn Farrell Arena.