After the first ten minutes of the game, it appeared the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat women would contend for their third win of the season.


After the first ten minutes of the game, it appeared the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat women would contend for their third win of the season.
However, the MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) Pioneers had something else in mind. After leading by one at 16-15, MNU had a 13-0 run and never looked back as they eventually won 77-58.
With the win, the Pioneers will remain on top of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) as they won their tenth straight, eighth in the HAAC, to improve to 9-1 and 16-6 overall.    MNU came into the game ranked 21st in the NAIA DI polls.
PSC had their two-game win streak snapped and fall to 2-8 in the HAAC and 2-20 overall.

Game Action
Katie Potter (Omaha) stole the ball from MNU and took it coast-to-coast to put up the first two points of the game at the 18:35 mark. On the next possession, the Pioneers countered with a three-pointer to take a 3-2 lead.
The second of two free throws by Jasmine Tate (Fayetteville, N.C.) knotted it at 3-3. The teams then traded two buckets each to remain tied at 7-7. MNU then went on a 5-0 run to go up 12-7 with 13:29 remaining in the first half. Another bucket by Potter cut the deficit to three at 12-9, before MNU again made it a five-point margin.
Peru State went on a 6-2 run to make it 16-15 MNU as Marida Lewis (Kansas City, Mo.) made both free throws with just over ten minutes to go in the first stanza.
The Bobcats cooled and made mistakes allowing MNU to go on a 13-0 run of their own and grabbed their largest lead of the half at 29-15 with under six minutes left in the half.    Natasha Moss (Indianapolis) finally broke the nearly five-minute drought with a field goal making in 29-17 with 4:41 to go.
Not much scoring would transpire during the rest of the half as the Pioneers went into the locker room with a 32-18 lead.
As she did to start the game, Potter scored the opening bucket of the second half. The Pioneers responded with an 8-0 run before Moss got another Bobcat bucket making it 40-22 with 17:06 left in the game.
MNU continued to outscore the ‘Cats and had a 20-point lead at 45-25 before Moss and Tate hit a couple of field goals cutting the deficit to 16.
That would be as close as the Bobcats would get in the rest of the game as the Pioneers continued to extend their lead before eventually winning their tenth game in a row.

Team Statistics
While neither team shot particular well, the Pioneers shot better overall and capitalized by making 44 trips to the free throw line and made 27 for 61.4%. MNU shot better from three-point range, six of 14 for 42.9%, than they did overall from the field finishing the game making 22 of 59 for 37.3%.
PSC made 23 of 68 field goal tries for 33.8% and had not made any threes until late in the game finishing canning two of 14 for 14.3%. The ‘Cats did outshoot MNU from the charity stripe making 66.7% of their tries, but had 29 less attempts than the Pioneers finishing with ten of 15 shots.
The Bobcats actually had a rebounding advantage 46-35 grabbing 19 offensive boards, but could not capitalize. MNU forced PSC into 19 miscues while only committing 12 of their own.

Individual Statistics
Three Bobcats finished in double figures. Courtney Ward (Bartlesville, Okla.) and Lewis each finished with 12 points. All of Ward’s points came in the second half as she added six rebounds and swatted away five Pioneer shots. Moss finished with ten points and added a team- and game-high eight rebounds.
Potter and Tate each added eight points. Potter added seven caroms and three steals while Tate grabbed five rebounds.

Next Action
Peru State will be travelling to Fayetteville, Mo., on Saturday, Jan. 28, to face the Eagles of Central Methodist University (CMU) in a game scheduled to start at 2 p.m. CMU is currently in a tie for third in the HAAC with a 6-3 conference mark and is 9-10 overall.    In the initial match-up, the Eagles prevailed 80-76.
Next Saturday, Feb. 4, the Bobcats will be hosting Culver-Stockton College at 2 p.m. in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. During halftime of both games, Gary’s Gymnastics and Tumbling will be performing.