The Nebraska Wesleyan University women's basketball team dropped a pair of games over the Thanksgiving break at the Wisconsin-La Crosse Thanksgiving Classic in La Crosse, Wis. On Saturday the Prairie Wolves lost 75-60 to Loras College, then on Sunday NWU fell 66-54 to Luther College.
Nebraska Wesleyan has now dropped four straight after their opening season victory to fall to 1-4 overall.
Against Loras on Saturday, the Prairie Wolves fell behind 17-2 and trailed 26-4 with 10:14 to play and they could never recover. The Prairie Wolves closed the gap to 11 points at halftime and got the lead to nine points early in the second half, but they would get no closer.
NWU shot 39.4 percent from the field and hit 46.2 from 3-point range but were dominated on the glass being outrebounded 49-30.
Mallory Shanahan led Nebraska Wesleyan with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Emily Leines added 11 points.
Facing Luther College (4-1) on Sunday, the Prairie Wolves suffered a scoring drought late in the first half and would never recover. With the score 25-21 at the 8:38 mark, Luther would then go on a 10-1 run over the next six minutes as NWU didn't score a field goal again until 1:33 left in the half.
Luther led 36-27 at halftime and scored the first nine points of the second half to get a comfortable 18 point lead.
Nebraska Wesleyan didn't quit as they scratched their way back into the game. Mallory Shanahan hit a pair of free throws to close the gap to 53-47 with 5:21 to play. Luther went on a 10-4 run to increase the lead to 13 points as they ended the NWU threat.
Shanahan was the only NWU player to reach double figures as she posted another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Shanahan was 10-10 at the free throw line, but just 4-18 from the field. As a team, the Prairie Wolves shot only 26.6 percent.