Nebraska Wesleyan trailed by only four points at halftime, but No. 2 Hastings came out in the second half and showed why they are one of the top teams in the country as they defeated NWU, 83-61, to remain a perfect 10-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the win on Wednesday night in Hastings, Neb.
NWU (5-11, 2-7 GPAC) went blow for blow with the Broncos in the first half, thanks to the shooting of Shea Rasmussen and Katy Golden who both scored 14 in the first 20 minutes.
The Prairie Wolves led by as many as five points going up 17-12 after a 3-pointer by Golden with 10:51 to play. The game was tied six times in the first half with the last lead for NWU coming with 3:12 to play when Golden put in a tip-in off an inbounds pass with one second left on the shot clock.
Hastings went on a 16-6 run in the first five minutes of the second half to go up by 14 and NWU would never get the lead back into single digits again.
All-American center Lindsay Ducey took over scoring seven points in the first five minutes and 20 in the second half. She would finish with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Nebraska Wesleyan could not get good looks from the outside in the second half. The Prairie Wolves were 4-10 from 3-point range in the first half, but hit only one in the second half and shot 35.7 percent from the field.
Rasmussen led the scoring for NWU with 21 points and three 3-point baskets. Golden finished with 16 and eight rebounds.
Besides Ducey's 26, Kim Faimon chipped in 16 and Heather McKeon scored 12 on 4-8 from 3-point range.
NWU will close out their busy week on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 23) by hosting Dakota Wesleyan at 2 p.m., in Snyder Arena.