2nd Half Shooting Slump Costs NWU Women
Nebraska Wesleyan trailed 5th-ranked Briar Cliff by just 12 points at halftime but the Prairie Wolves made just one field goal in the first 17 minutes of the second half as the Chargers got on a roll and cruised to a 80-46 victory in GPAC women's basketball action on Wednesday night (Jan. 16) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln.
Trailing 38-26 at halftime, Mallory Shanahan made a layup with just over 18 minutes remaining in the second half to make the score 40-30. From there, NWU would not hit another field goal until the 3:08 mark of the second half as the Chargers went on a 34-12 run with all 12 of the Prairie Wolves points coming at the free throw line.
NWU (3-14, 1-11 GPAC) shot just 14.3 percent from the floor in the second half going 4-28. They finished the game hitting 21.2 percent as a team.
Shanahan kept the Prairie Wolves in the game in the first half as she scored the first 12 points of the game for NWU. She had 16 at the break. NWU trailed only 22-18 with 5:47 before halftime, but the Chargers closed the half on a 16-8 run.
The Chargers, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA II poll, shot 50.9 percent as a team and forced NWU into 25 turnovers. Kelsey Evans led Briar Cliff with 20 points.
Shanahan had her ninth double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
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