Tough defense leads women's basketball past Haskell

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HASTINGS, Neb - The Hastings College women's basketball team finished up the C3 Hotel Thanksgiving Day Classic by defeating Haskell Indian Nations 73-52 on Saturday afternoon in Lynn Farrell Arena.

The Lady Broncos looked to have opened up a very comfortable 15 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter as this game was beginning to feel like the first game these two played earlier this season. Hastings utilized a big third quarter to open up a double digit lead en route to a 69-54 victory.

This time, the Indians showed some good fight going on a 9-0 run before Mackenzie Willicott (SR/Blue Hill, NE) made a layup to make it 49-41 with 1:29 to go in the third. Willicott would go on to add a free throw and a late layup to end the quarter to give Hastings the 53-41 lead.

This time, Haskell had no answer as Hastings would build its lead to as many 21 points before winning by that same margin.

Willicott led the Lady Broncos with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Kennedy Sander (JR/Lincoln, NE) finished with a career high 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Both were a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. As a team, Hastings shot 86 percent from the line (19-for-22).

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half but Hastings picked things up by shooting 48 percent from the floor in the second half while holding the Indians to just 24 percent in the second half and 27 percent shooting for the game.

Sander just missed out on her first career double pulling down eight boards to go along with her 15 points. Kaitlyn Schmit (SO/Omaha, NE) added eight points, Halle Plumbtree (SO/Fullerton, NE) finished with seven points while Emma Grenfell (JR/York, NE) and Shandra Farmer (JR/Hastings, NE) each finished with six a piece. Farmer also led the team with five assists.

The Lady Broncos dominated the boards out rebounding HINU 51-to-24.

Hastings improves to 6-3 (2-2) on the year and will be back in action Wednsday Nov. 28 hitting the road to take on Midland with tip-off set for 6:00 p.m. in Fremont, NE.