KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball team set a new school record for margin of victory in a 110-22 decision over Nebraska Christian College Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.
Shelby Megyeri brings the ball up the court.
UNK improves to 6-0, tied for the fourth best start in Loper lore, while the Sentinels from Papillion remain at 0-8. This was an exhibition game for NCC which is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
"We've been able to win games and continue to get better every week. That's kind of our goal … just making sure we're getting better week-by-week in preparation for the MIAA games coming up," UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey said.
Shooting 59% from the field and sinking the second most threes (15) in school history, UNK reached 100 points for the 24th time. The Lopers tallied at least 22 points in each quarter and went for 37 in the third when it made 13 of 15 shots (86.7%). Kearney also had a 51-19 rebounding margin, tallied 44 points off of 26 turnovers and held NCC to 14% (6 of 43) shooting. That included a 0 of 20 mark from behind the arc as the Sentinels never tallied more than seven points in any quarter.
The 88-point margin of victory bests the 124-42 effort (82 points) achieved by the 2017-18 Lopers in a win over York College. Next this is tied for the fourth fewest points allowed in school history with the 26 assists tied for 10th most in the annuals.
All 13 players who were healthy logged at least eight minutes with 12 getting into the scoring column. Iowa freshman reserve post Madison Dreckman had a double double (20 points & 10 rebounds), North Platte freshman reserve guard Kaleigh Kummer hit 5 of 6 threes to tally 17, Wahoo junior reserve guard Aspen Jansa went 4 of 4 from behind the arc to score 14 with Iowa sophomore starter Maegan Holt providing 11 points in 13 minutes.
"Kaleigh shot it really, really well. That's the thing about our team … we have depth. We've got plenty of players on this team that are good players and help us every day in practice. Today was an opportunity to get them some experience especially are really young players," Eighmey said. "This was a chance for them to execute the things we work on every day in practice."
Jansa is now fourth on the team in scoring on the season (8.5) thanks to shooting 65% (13 of 20) from downtown.
"Aspen is shooting it really well. She works hard at shooting and spends a lot of time in the gym. It's one of those things where we ask her to come in and be a knock down shooter. She takes pride in that and has grown a lot in the course of the last year," Eighmey said.
UNK hosts the Central Christian College (Kan.) Tigers on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. That'll be followed by a men's contest vs. Wayne State.