HASTINGS, Neb - The Hastings College women's basketball team was looking for a signature win and what better way then to defeat the team that just upset the No. 1 team in the country. Well, the Lady Broncos did just that knocking off the Mustangs 72-61 on Saturday afternoon in Lynn Farrell Arena.
Hastings has had to deal with early season bumps and bruises not just on the court, but with a few nagging injuries that has kept this team from being health during big games. Well today was no different but the result certainly was with its first upset of the young season.
There were times where the offense struggled a bit in the first half to get going but Hastings was able to get a late layup from Halle Plumbtree (SO/Fullerton, NE) and just trailed 35-31 at the break despite shooting just 33 percent from the field.
Things really took a turn in the third quarter with Hastings trailing 39-34, Shandra Farmer (JR/Hastings, NE) connected on back-to-back 3-pointers with a Kaitlyn Schmit (SO/Omaha, NE) defensive block in the middle as the Lady Broncos took a 40-39 lead.
Clutch shooting and great defense continued throughout the third quarter after the Mustangs tied the game 41-41, Farmer came right back burying another trey. Farmer then picked the pocket of Alexandra Gill and then Sophia Pankratz (JR/Hastings, NE) drained a three of her own as Hastings had its largest lead of the game at 47-41 with 4:01 to go in the third.
During the quarter, Hastings recorded four of its five blocks on the game plus a handful of steals to hold Morningside to just 10 points in the quarter as the Lady Broncos took a six point lead into the final frame.
Morningside would get to within one when Skyler Snider scored off a HC turnover but a huge mid-range jumper from Taylor Beacom (FR/Papillion, NE) calmed things down as Hastings led 59-56 with 6:05 to go.
The Lady Broncos picked up a big defensive stop and then Beacom found Schmit as she drained another 3-pointer to give Hastings the 62-56 advantage with 5:46 remaining.
The Mustangs countered and once again got to within one after a Snider 3-pointer but moments later, Farmer buried yet another huge three for the 65-61 lead with 2:46 to play.
Hastings would fend off an offensive board before Beacom would get fouled and make both free throws as the lead was back to six at 67-61 with 1:50 to go.
Follwing a Snider missed 3-pointer, Gabby Grasso (JR/Omaha, NE) put the game out of reach with a jumper from the top of the key for the 69-61 lead with 1:35 remaining.
Farmer had yet another great day going off for a game high 27 points on 6-for-11 shooting, 4-for-8 from behind the arc and finished 11-for-12 from the charity stripe. She also added four steals.
Grenfell was the Mustangs worst nightmare recording a career high seven steals to go along with her five points, four assists and seven boards.
Beacom and Grasso each finished with nine points while Mackenzie Willicott (SR/Blue Hill, NE) added seven points and Schmit finished with six points.
Sydney Hupp led the Mustangs with 17 points. Hastings held Sierra Mitchell and Snider to a combined 6-for-28 from the floor.
Hastings improves to 8-3 (4-2) on the year and will be back in action Wednesday Dec. 5 hitting the road to take on College of Saint Mary with tip-off set for 6:00 p.m. in Omaha, NE.