The Chadron State College women’s basketball team looked like a well-oiled machine on offense last Tuesday night, shooting 50 percent from the field and scoring a season-high 75 points against what is expected to be one of the strongest teams it will play this season.
Nebraska-Kearney unleashed a one-two punch of seniors Michaela Barry and Alyssa Frauendorfer, who combined for 68 points altogether and tallied 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lopers to a 82-75 victory
The win gave Kearney a 5-0 record.
Despite the setback, CSC fans had to be excited that the Lady Eagles are on the right track. They showed lots of improvement since their two previous home games, even though both resulted in victories over Texas A&M teams.
Coach Janet Raymer was pleased with the Eagles’ play, particularly the first quarter when they scored 23 points after managing just six in the previous game, a 69-59 loss at Montana State-Billings.
Raymer also was happy that the Eagles outrebounded Kearney 38-30 after Billings claimed a 44-30 bulge off the glass four days earlier.
Barry finished with 32 points and Frauendorfer 26. They did much of their damage at the free throw line, where Frauendorfer, a four-time All-American volleyball player at Wayne State before transferring to UNK to play basketball this season, was 12-17 and Barry was 9-10. The 6-foot Frauendorfer also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, nearly half her team’s total.
Chadron State had its own high-scorer. Hemingford freshman Brooke Turek played with poise and poured in 24 points on 10 of 19 shooting from the field, including a pair of treys, besides grabbing six rebounds and handing out five assists.
Junior Keeley Pearce was seven of nine from the field and finished with 16 points. Newcomer Savannah Weidauer added 12 points and collected nine rebounds for CSC.
Kearney led 43-38 at halftime and went ahead by 10 points early in the third frame.
The Eagles were undaunted. They led by four points late in the third and had two one-point advantages in the fourth before Kearney sank six straight free throws in the last 30 seconds to clinch the verdict.
Statistically, Kearney’s 26-10 margin at the free throw line spelled the difference, and came about even though the Eagles missed just once from the stripe.
It was a loss, but CSC coaches, players and fans had to be encouraged that the Eagles are capable of playing good basketball.
Nebraska-Kearney—Michaela Barry 32, Alyssa Frauendorfer 26, Kelsey Sanger 9, McKenzie Brown 8, Jaymie Berbeck 4, Jenna Gillespie 3. Totals: 24-59 (8-20) 26-34 82 points, 30 rebounds, 6 turnovers.
Chadron State—Brooke Turek 24, Keelie Pearce 16, Savannah Weidauer 12, Kalli Feddersen 9, McKenna McClintic 4, Taryn Foxen 4, Kendra Baucom 4, Mickenzie Brennan 2. Totals: 31-62 (3-16) 10-11 75 points, 38 rebounds, 14 turnovers.
Neb.-Kearney 24 19 13 26 ----82
Chadron State 23 15 20 17 ----75
3-pointers: UNK—Barry 3, Brown 2, Frauendorfer 2, Gillespie 1. CSC—Turek 2, Pearce 1.