RiverHawks sports roundup Feb. 26-28
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RiverHawks sports roundup Feb. 26-28

Jesse Crittenden

TNE Writer

Women’s basketball falls in MIAA tournament opening to Emporia State

The RiverHawks earned a postseason birth with a 10-16 regular season record, matching up with Emporia State in the first round on Monday, Feb. 26.

Despite defeating Emporia State 75-67 at home just four days prior, the RiverHawks could not get the victory on the road, losing 72-62.

The team looked to be in great position early in the second quarter, as they used a 17-3 run to take a six-point lead with 6:31 remaining in the second quarter. However, Emporia state responded with their own 17-5 run, taking back the RiverHawks lead. The RiverHawks kept fighting, trailing 56-50 going into the fourth quarter, but an early 9-2 run by Emporia State sealed their victory.

“I was proud of the way the team played,” said Fala Bullock, NSU women’s basketball head coach. “I thought we played well enough to have a chance to win. If we had played at home, I really think we would’ve won.”

Lauryn Blevins, freshman forward from Claremore, led the RiverHawks off the bench with 17 points. Bailee Eldred, junior guard from Sulhpur, finished with 13 points.

The RiverHawks finish their season with a 10-17 record and 6-13 record in conference play.

Men’s basketball falls to Washburn, 88-86

Tied in a three-way race for the last playoff spot, the RiverHawks needed a win on the final day of the regular season to clinch a postseason birth.

Despite a 48-34 deficit at halftime, the RiverHawks fought back in the second half, going on a 19-7 run at the end of regulation to force overtime. The RiverHawks had a chance to force another overtime with three seconds remaining, but their shot fell just short, losing by two points as they barely missed the playoffs.

“We got off to a slow start in the first half, but I was really proud of the way we battled back,” said Mark Downey, NSU men’s basketball head coach. “We never gave up.”

Jamir Andrews, graduate student guard from Roselle, N.J., finished with a career high 39 points on 10/19 shooting from the field.

The RiverHawks finish just a game short of qualifying for the postseason with a record of 8-20.

Softball prepares for Zenner Memorial Tournament

The RiverHawks softball team had last weekend off, as they prepare for their road trip to Joplin to participate in the Teri-Mathis Zenner Memorial Tournament on March 3-4.

They will matchup on Saturday with McKendree at 2 p.m. and Rockhurst at 4 p.m. They will finish the tournament on Sunday playing Drury at 10 a.m. and Sioux Falls.

“We’re just looking to continue our offensive momentum we had from the 8-state classic,” said Clay Davis, NSU softball head coach. “It was nice to have last weekend off, and we’re looking to get back on the road.

The RiverHawks will play their first home games the following weekend, starting with a doubleheader against Fort Hays on Friday, March 9, at 12 p.m.

 

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