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RiverHawks Athletics: Feb. 15-18 weekend roundup

Published 2/22/18

Jesse Crittenden

TNE Writer

Women’s basketball team drops final two road games

The RiverHawks basketball teams have been in free fall the last three weeks.

After last week’s losses at Fort Hays and Nebraska-Kearney, the women’s team losing streak now stands at seven games. Their last win came against Missouri Southern on Jan. 24.

“We’ve been struggling the last several games,” said Fala Bullock, NSU women’s head basketball coach. “We’ve been dealing with some injuries and fatigue, but that’s no excuse. Every team is dealing with those issues.”

The RiverHawks dug themselves an early hole in their Feb. 15 matchup with Fort Hayes. They fell down 28-14 at the end of the first quarter and never recovered, falling behind by 20 at halftime before suffering a 73-45 loss. Joi Bertrand, junior center from Long Beach, Calif., led the RiverHawks with 10 points.

They were unable to recover two days later at Nebraska-Kearney, as they again fell behind by seven points at the end of the first quarter before seeing their deficit increase to 16 at halftime. Despite playing them to a one-point loss just a week earlier, the RiverHawks fell 79-63 this time around. Bailey Eldridge, junior forward from Sulphur, led the RiverHawks with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The RiverHawks will look to bounce back this week with a 5:30 p.m. home game matchup against Emporia State on Thursday, Feb. 22. They conclude the regular season at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 against Washburn. Both games will be at the NSU Event Center.

Men’s basketball team drops final two road games

The RiverHawks men’s team has also struggled as of late, as their latest two losses bring their losing streak to five games.

The first half was the RiverHawks’ downfall in their Feb. 15 matchup with Fort Hays. They trailed by 13 at the halftime break but managed to win the second half by a score of 44-38. However, their first half deficit was too much to overcome as they lost 81-74.

The defense struggled in their Feb. 17 matchup with Nebraska Kearney, as they surrendered 93 points en route to a nine-point defeat.

“We’re definitely in a slump,” said Mark Downey, NSU men’s basketball head coach. “We’re fighting for our playoff lives and these losses hurt us.”

The RiverHawks finish their season this week with a 7:30 p.m. matchup against Emporia State on Thursday, Feb. 22, then a 3:30 p.m. matchup with Washburn on Saturday, Feb. 24. Both games will be at the NSU Event Center.

NSU softball goes 2-2 at the 8-State Classic

The RiverHawks softball team split their four games at the 8-State Classic Tournament in Emporia, Kan. They defeated Illinois Springfield in their first game, 13-6, and Maryville in their last game, 7-5. They lost close contests to William Jewel, 5-4, and Arkansas Tech, 8-6.

Clay Davis, NSU softball head coach, was proud of his team’s effort.

“ I thought we played a lot better than last weekend,” said Davis. “We were coming off a tough weekend, but we did well. Our offense is getting back to what we want do and what were comfortable with.”

The RiverHawks have the next few days off before returning to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 against McKendree in the Zenner Memorial Tournament in Joplin, Mo.

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