Women’s Basketball News Archive 2015-2016

Hesston College announces new women’s basketball coach

Hesston College athletic director Rob Ramseyer introduces Jeff Jacobs as head coach of the Larks women’s basketball program.

“We’re thrilled to bring Jeff to campus in this important role,” Ramseyer said. “He has vast experience in coaching, mentoring, organization and leadership. I’m eager to see how he puts his talents to use for our women’s basketball program.”

Jacobs boasts a 303-117 career coaching record at St. Bernard High School, Eureka, Calif., including over 200 wins with the girls basketball program there. Jacobs holds a bachelors of arts in journalism from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.

Following his time in coaching, Jacobs served as an executive in the Boys and Girls Club, first in California and later in the Wichita area. Jacobs is active as a deacon at Magdalene Catholic Church, Wichita.

“I’m honored and blessed to be called back to teaching and coaching the great game of basketball,” Jacobs said. “I look forward to getting to know the returning student athletes, filling the roster, and guiding these terrific young women into being the best student, person and player they can be.”

Larks fly past Greyhounds into second round of playoffs

The Hesston College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to earn an impressive 73-62 road win at Fort Scott (Kan.) CC on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the opening round of the Region VI playoffs.

Down 16-9 after the first period, the Larks dominated the final three quarters, outscoring the Greyhounds 64-46 to advance. The Hesston bench outscored FSCC 17-2. The Larks controlled the paint as well with a 32-18 scoring advantage.

Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) tallied 17 points and Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) added 15 to lead Hesston’s scoring. Kelsey Unruh (Hesston, Kan.) added 10 points and nine rebounds. Jermani Thompson (Reserve, La.) scored 13.

The Hesston defense smothered FSCC all game long, holding the Greyhounds’ top scorer without a made field goal the entire game. FSCC shot just 31.8 percent from the floor.

The Larks battle defending national champion Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) on Tuesday, March 1.

Unruh’s buzzer-beater gives Larks road win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team came back from a small 4th-quarter deficit to earn a 66-64 win at Labette CC (Parson, Kan.). Hesston has won three of its last four games to climb to 12-14 on the year.

Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) led the Larks with 20 points while Nicole Unruh (Cherokee, Okla.) added 15 counters and 10 boards. Jacque Anderson (Newton, Kan.) and Brooke Hammond (Long Island, Kan.) scored a dozen points each.

Unruh found the net on a 15-footer from the baseline as time expired to seal the win.

Hesston shot a scorching 64 percent (16-of-25) from the floor in the first half and carried a 40-33 lead into halftime before Labette answered with a 17-7 3rd-quarter edge. The Larks connected on 7-of-11 first-half three-pint attempts.

Hesston travels Highland (Kan.) CC for a 1 p.m. tip on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Hesston pulls away for home win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team upped its season mark to 10-13 following a 84-68 home win over Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Larks held a 44-40 edge at halftime before outscoring BMC 19-8 in the third quarter to coast to the win.

Jessanna Nebel (Hesston, Kan.) led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting. Brooke Hammond (Long Island, Kan.) connected on 5-of-8 treys and finished with 20 points. Kelsey Unruh (Hesston, Kan.) Added a dozen points and a game-high 10 boards.

The Hesston offense was on fire the entire night, shooting just under 50 percent (30-of-61) for the game including an incredible 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from beyond the arc. The Larks held a 40-30 advantage on the boards.

Hesston hosts Fort Scott (Kan.) CC at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13

Larks continue hot streak with big home win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team continued its recent success with a convincing 76-56 home win over Northwest Kansas Tech on Saturday, Jan. 23. Winners of six of its last eight games, Hesston Women’s Basketball has improved to 9-10 on the year after a 3-8 start.

Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) connected on all 10 of her free throw attempts en route to a 20-point and six-rebound night. Michaela Zook (Millersburg, Kan.) added 13 points and Jacque Anderson (Newton, Kan.) scored 12. Brooke Hammond (Long Island, Kan.) scored 12 points and grabbed six boards in the win.

The Larks broke open a close game with a 25-11 edge in the third quarter before putting the game away with another 25-point period in the 4th.

The Larks are sitting at 2-1 in Region VI play and welcome Highland (Kan.) CC to Yost Center for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Hoover, Zook lead Larks to win in region opener

The Hesston College women’s basketball team won for the fourth time in its last five games; a 65-46 home win over Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) to open Region VI play on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

After jumping out to a 17-7 lead after one quarter, Hesston found itself in a tight 24-23 game heading to intermission. The Larks responded with a 12-0 run to open the third and never looked back, cruising to the 19-point win.

Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) scored 17 points (7-of-8 free throws), while Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) brushed off a slow start to finish with 17 points of her own.

Both teams struggled from the floor, as Hesston connected on 28.4 percent of its field goal attempts and Labette went 17-for-68 (25 percent).

Hesston improves to 7-9 and travels to Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) for a 1 p.m. tip on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Larks storm back for road win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team came back from a 14-point halftime deficit to claim a huge 77-73 win at Sterling (Kan.) College JV on Monday, Jan. 11.

Jermani Thompson (Reserve, La.) poured in 18 points to lead the way for Hesston. Thompson connected on 2-of-3 treys and finished 6-for-12 overall from the floor.

Micaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) and Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) added 13 points each, with Hoover grabbing six rebounds. Kelsey Unruh (Hesston, Kan.) and Brooke Hammond (Long Island, Kan.) chipped in with 11 points apiece.

The Larks shot 45 percent from the floor (27-of-60) for the game while holding Sterling JV to 8-of-31 in the final 20 minutes (25.8 percent) of play.

Down 48-34 at half and 63-54 heading into the final quarter, the Hesston offense came alive for a dominating 23-10 edge in the fourth quarter to sneak away with the win.

Now 6-9 on the year, Hesston returns to Yost Center for a 6 p.m. tip with Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Larks win again, top Colby

The Hesston College women’s basketball team used a dominant fourth quarter to capture a 57-49 win over Colby (Kan.) CC on Monday, Dec. 7, improving its season mark to 5-8.

Up 44-43 after three quarters of play, the Larks defense clamped down on Colby, holding the visitors to 16.7 percent from the floor in the final 10 minutes.

Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) led all scores with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Kelsey Unruh (Hesston, Kan.) added 11 points and Jermani Thompson (Reserve, La.) contributed nine.

Hesston looks to win its third straight in the final game of the fall semester, a 7 p.m. tip at Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan) on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Hesston women record big home win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team came up big at home with a 72-66 win over Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.) on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Larks raced to a 23-12 lead after the first quarter and took a 43-26 advantage into the break.

Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) just missed a double-double after she scored a dozen points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Jacque Anderson (Newton, Kan.) added 11 points and eight rebounds. Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) scored 10 points and dished out six assists.
Kelsey Unruh (Hesston, Kan.) added 12 points.

Hesston forced 16 turnovers to improve to 4-8 on the year. The Larks look to make it two straight wins with a 5 p.m. home game against Colby (Kan.) CC on Monday, Dec. 7. Hesston will close its fall-semester schedule with a Dec. 9 road trip to Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.)

Larks snap skid with big home win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team defeated Sterling (Kan.) College JV 67-52 on Saturday, Nov. 14, ending the Larks’ five-game losing streak.

Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind.) enjoyed a big day with 19 points (8-of-16 shooting), nine boards and six assists. Kayla Travis (Peyton, Colo.) added 12 points. Brooke Hammond (Long Island, Kan.) scored 13 and Jermani Thompson added 10.

The Larks led 43-24 at halftime and cruised to the home win.

Hesston is now 3-5 on the year. The Larks travel to Kansas Wesleyan University JV (Salina, Kan.) for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Larks go cold in second half, fall to Allen

The Hesston College women’s basketball team dropped a 66-56 non-region contest to Allen CC (Iola, Kan.) on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Up 28-26 at the break, the Larks battled foul trouble and weren’t able to maintain consistency on the offensive end, falling to 2-4 on the year. Hesston shot 25 percent from the floor for the game and was 0-for-9 from beyond the arc.

Allen had offensive struggles of their own, as the visiting Red Devils connected on just 31.3 percent before the break before warming up just enough to escape Yost Center with the win.

Freshman Kelsey Unruh (Hesston, Kan.) led Hesston with 20 points before fouling out with three minutes to play. Sarah Hoover (Elbing, Kan.) added 11 points (9-of-12 from the line) and five rebounds before she collected her fifth foul in the final minute.

Hesston looks to snap a four-game losing streak when the Larks host Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, Okla.) for a 6 p.m. tip on Thursday, Nov. 12.

New faces key to Larks success

The Hesston College women’s basketball prepares for another season with a mix of returning players and incoming talent at head coach Dan Harrison’s disposal.

“We’re an extremely young team and will look for contributions right away from our freshmen,” Harrison said. “We have quality depth and a lot of different skill sets on the roster.”

The Larks will be tested early at the Colby (Kan.) CC Invitational, Nov. 5 to 7, where Hesston plays three games in three days with two coming against NJCAA Div. I opponents.

Another big test comes during a five-day stretch with matchups against three NJCAA Div. I foes, including a Nov. 24 trip to Cloud County CC (Concordia), a Nov. 27 home rematch with Colby and a Nov. 28 home game against Pratt (Kan.) CC.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Larks welcome Region VI opponent and defending NJCAA Div. II national champion Johnson County CC to Yost Center for a 6 p.m. tip.

“Our team will need to play solid team defense and rebound the basketball to be successful,” Harrison added. “We’re looking forward to the new year.”

The Larks open with a 6 p.m. tip against McPherson (Kan.) College JV on Friday, Oct. 30.

Women’s Basketball signs Oklahoma talent to letter-of-intent

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Nicole Unruh, a forward/shooting guard from Cherokee (Okla.) High School, as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A four-time all-conference player, Unruh led Cherokee High with 14.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and provides an instant scoring threat for the Larks this fall.

Cherokee High’s salutatorian and Miss Cherokee runner-up, Unruh earned Superintendent’s Honor Roll recognition for her exemplary academic work. She will study pre-physical therapy at Hesston.

“We’re excited to have Nicole join us next year,” Harrison said. “She brings an immediate inside presence and an ability to score from both inside and outside. Her toughness will be important to our team controlling the boards next season.”

Unruh is the daughter of Roger and Laneta Unruh, Cherokee.

Women’s basketball adds local talent

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Kelsey Unruh, a 6’1” post from Hesston (Kan.) High School, as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A two-time second-team all-league and honorable mention all-state player at Hesston High, Unruh played a key role in the Swathers back-to-back state titles the last two years. As a senior, Unruh averaged 11.1 points and five rebounds per game while shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free-throw line. Aside from basketball, Unruh played four years of varsity volleyball for Hesston High.

A four-year High Honors student, Unruh will study sports management at Hesston.

“I’ve enjoyed watching Kelsey develop into a very good basketball player,” Harrison said. “She brings a wonderful shooting touch and the length to affect opponents’ shots. She’ll have an immediate impact on next year’s team.”

Unruh is the daughter of Jay and Melissa Unruh, Hesston. She attends Hesston Mennonite Church and is active in the youth group there.

Larks earn playoff bid with win on sophomore night

The Hesston College women’s basketball team punched its ticket to the first round of Region VI postseason play with a 51-45 win over Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC on Wednesday, Feb 25.

Bethany Snow (Park City, Kan.) notched a double-double in her last game at Yost Center, as the sophomore recorded game-highs in points (15) and rebounds (12). Morgan Coffman (Vassar, Kan.) added 10 points and seven boards.

The Hesston defense stymied Ft. Scott all night, holding the Greyhounds to just 16-of-63 (25.4 percent) from the floor.