Courtesy Missouri Western State University
The Missouri Western women?s basketball team stayed undefeated and gave head coach Lynn Plett his first victory at the helm of the Griffons over Nebraska-Omaha coming away with a 71-63 victory. Western improves to 6-0 at home behind double-doubles from Rachel Luteyn (21 points and 10 rebounds) and Jessica Koch (10 points and 11 assists). The Griffons improve to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in MIAA play.
For the first time since February 17, 2009 against Park University the Griffons leading scorer Koch did not score a single point in the first half. Despite the scoreless first half from Koch the Griffons were able to mount a six point halftime lead over the Mavericks at 36-30.
Western built a 14 point lead at 34-20 after a lay-up from Alex Noble with 3:28 to play in the frame. The Mavericks closed the half on a 10-2 run cutting the lead to six. Western dominated the points in the paint scoring 20 to UNO?s eight. Brenna Saline connected on 3-of-4 field goals scoring nine points for the Griffons. Koch dished out seven assists and snared three rebounds.
The Griffons had 10 assists on 13 field goals shooting 50-percent (13-26) from the field. The Mavericks struggled form the field hooting 22.6-percent (7-31). UNO scored 13 of its 30 points from the free throw line. Heather Pohl dumped in nine points connecting on all six of her free throw attempts.
Western pushed their halftime lead to nine at 45-36 after an Alicia Bell free throw with 14:28 to play in the game. The Mavericks used three straight three pointers by Amanda Woodring to tie the game at 48 with 11:38 to play. Western once again went on a mini run pushing its lead to eight at 64-56 after two Brittany Casady free throws with 5:22 to play.
The two teams played the rest of the game even as the Griffons picked up the big MIAA victory. Western dominated the points in the paint outscoring the Mavericks 38-14. Both teams had 40 rebounds but the Mavericks had 16 offensive rebounds scoring 16 second chance points.
Western shot 49.1-percent (26-53) from the field and made 16-of-24 free throws. The Griffons had 17 assists with a career high 11 from Koch. Luteyn dominated the second half scoring 15 of her 21 points in the second frame. Luteyn made a season high nine field goals on 16 attempts and snared 10 rebounds.
Brenna Saline and Lauren Nolke each scored 11 points while Saline had nine rebounds.
The Griffons held the Mavericks to just 27.3-percent (18-66) shooting from the field. The Mavericks made 19-of-26 free throws and had 11 assists in the contest. Woodring scored 17 points connecting on 5-of-6 long range shots while Heather Pohl and Jamie Nash scored 11 and 10 respectively. Nash also had 11 boards for UNO. The Mavericks fall to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in MIAA action.
The Griffons hit the road on Wednesday, January 5 to take on the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats in Maryville, Mo. Game time is set for 5:30 pm from Bearcat Arena.
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