Lady Thunder Make it 3-0 on the Road

Lincoln, NE - Following their conference victory at Barclay, the Lady Thunder were on the road again at Union College. This was the second meeting between these two teams, with the Thunder winning the reverse game at home. The Thunder were in complete control during the game in Manhattan, and it was a similar story for this game. While the Thunder did not have quite the offensive explosion as in the first game, they still stifled their opponent and had several players in double figures. 

 

Maisie Schroeder led the way with 15 points followed by Jordan Lewis and Darby Cook both with 13. Kennedy Wilson also managed to get 10 points despite being a heavy focus of Union’s defensive effort, drawing multiple double and even triple teams, every time she touched the ball. The Thunder also had multiple players in double figures for rebounds with Schroeder tallying 13, Miller with 11, and Lewis with 10. This was also the first game that the Thunder had their full compliment of players available as Janel Dormire, Hannah Park, and Sarah Ward all had a chance to play significant minutes, thanks to the Thunder going into the locker room at halftime with a 40 - 11 lead. 

 

With the game pretty well in hand by halftime, the Thunder were able to experiment with some different line-ups and allow Dormire, Park, and Ward to all get valuable game experience. The reason that is significant is that basketball is not any of their primary sports. Park and Ward are both more comfortable using their feet on the soccer pitch and Dormire is more familiar with sets and rotations on the volleyball court. They joined the team in order to provide some much needed numbers and it was great that their efforts to learn and improve in practice were rewarded with game time. 

 

Coach’s thoughts on the game: “We knew from the previous meeting that we should have the expectation to control the game, and while we are still trying to find our way shooting the ball, defensively we improved from that first meeting. I was pleased with the way the ladies came out still ready to compete and put ourselves in a position to get some of our untested players some game time. That is going to be so important for us later in the season that we take advantage of these opportunities, because once we come back from the break, we’re going to have a lot of tough, competitive games. I’m very happy with how the ladies have responded after some rather frustrating exhibition games. Being able to put those struggles behind us and approach each game fresh is exactly how you build towards success and excellence.”

MCC Scoreboard

2/22/2019 | Mens Basketball vs. Randall University | L, 90-74 
2/21/2019 | Mens Basketball vs. Dallas Christian College | W, 72-71 
2/16/2019 | Womens Basketball vs. Faith Baptist Bible College | W, 68-38 
2/16/2019 | Mens Basketball vs. Ozark Christian College | L, 78-77 
2/15/2019 | Womens Basketball vs. Emmaus Bible College | L, 78-49