STORY BY: ALLEN HAMIL
VIDEO BY: AUSTIN REMM
PHOTOS BY: JACILYN BRUNS
Hastings College finally snapped its losing streak with a 58-50 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan. The Broncos came into the contest losing four straight games, including games to ranked conference foes No. 2 Morningside and Dakota Wesleyan.
Hastings came out with a quick 8-0 lead to start the game but the Broncos could never truly shake the pesky Prairie Wolves to break away in the contest. Nebraska Wesleyan pulled ahead for its only lead of the game with 5:39 left in the second quarter with a margin of one point.
Teeka Thompson, who averages just less than 15 points per game, was shut down in the first half, scoring just two points on a pair of free throws and only attempted two shots from the floor. Thompson got things going in the second half though as she finished the game with a team-high 13 points and four steals.
Bronco Head Coach Jina Johansen was happy with Thompson’s performance despite the slow start.
“Teeka got in a little foul trouble early in the game, which is alright,” Johansen said. “We played okay without her, but she’s kind of the one kid on our team that can get to the rim and create for everyone else.”
She was able to create more scoring opportunities for other players in the first half including Chelsey Morten, who scored 11 points in the first half. However, she could not find her groove in the second half as she was held scoreless after halftime. Along with her scoring effort, Morten added five rebounds and three steals.
Both teams struggled to score the basketball in the game, but the major fault of the Prairie Wolves was their 31 turnovers. Scoring was limited for the Broncos, as they shot just 5-26 (19.2%) from beyond the arc.
“It was a tough shooting night,” Johansen said. “We came out and made some shots early that I thought would help us but we kind of looked tired out there. It’s tough to make shots when you look really tired.”
Scoring was spread fairly evenly for the rest of the Broncos as Abby Jackson and Holly Hild finished with seven points each while Rachel Jelden added six points and 12 rebounds. Mackenzie Willicott and Alex Edwards came off the bench to score six and five points respectively.
Felicia TeKolste led all scorers with 22 points in the game, but had three late-game traveling violations that hurt the Prairie Wolves. Morgan Nishida was the other scoring threat for Nebraska Wesleyan, finishing with nine points off the bench.
Nebraska Wesleyan will look to snap its seven game losing streak as the Prairie Wolves travel to Sioux Center, Iowa to play Dordt, who has lost its past nine games.
The Broncos are back in action at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday as they play Briar Cliff in a top-15 matchup as part of the CNOS Classic. Both teams last played at the Tyson Events Center in the 2015 NAIA National Championship semifinals– with the Broncos falling to eventual National Champion Morningside and Briar Cliff losing to National Runner-Up Concordia.