KEARNEY, Neb - Freshman forward Shiloh McCool had another double double and sophomore guard Kelsey Sanger scored a game-high 19 points to help Nebraska-Kearney defeat Chadron State, 72-52, Saturday night at the Health & Sports Center.
The game was part of the UNK Crossover Tournament. Fort Hays State downed Colorado-Colorado Springs, 80-52, in the early game. The Lopers (3-2) face the UCCS Mountain Lions (0-3) tomorrow at 4 p.m. with Hays (4-0) and the Eagles (1-4) squaring off at two.
Kearney never trailed Chadron and now leads the all-time series 57-13. The Lopers started the second quarter on a 7-0 run to open up an eight-point lead at 21-13. The advantage never dipped below five the rest of the night and got as big as 21 points.
UNK took advantage of 24 Eagle turnovers and turned them into 29 points. The Lopers also were plus 12 in points in the paint, 38-26, and went 25 of 37 at the line. Chadron attempted just 15 freebies.
McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) had five of her 13 points in that early second quarter spurt. She finished the night 4 of 10 from the field and 5 of 11 at the line while grabbing 12 rebounds (five offensive). Also having four assists and two steals in 26 minutes, McCool's first double double came in the opener vs. Minnesota-Crookston.
Next, Sanger slashed her way to a game-high 19 points by making 8 of 14 (1 of threes) shots. The total is just three off her career-high, set last December in a home win over York College. Playing a team-high 30 minutes Sanger also had three rebounds (two offensive) and three assists.
Finally, senior post Jaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.) and freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) had nine points apiece.
Chadron did get 37 points off its bench and was led there by forward Taryn Foxen (14 points & five rebounds) and post Savannah Weidauer (11 points & five rebounds).