Women’s Basketball News Archive 2015-2016

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.

Kramer’s 39 not enough as BMC wins shootout

The Hesston College women’s basketball team lost a back-and-forth 104-95 Region VI matchup with Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Wednesday night, Feb 18, dropping the Larks to 13-15 on the year (2-8 in region play).

Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) enjoyed a career night for the Larks, as the freshman guard tallied 39 points on 13-of-21 shooting (6-for-8 from three). Kramer connected on her first four attempts from long range and had 14 points seven minutes into the game.

Reagan McClellan (Allen, Kan.) just missed a triple-double with 14 assists, 16 rebounds and nine points. Morgan Coffman (Vassar, Kan.) added 23 points and 13 boards.

Hesston travels to Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Southeast trips Larks 70-57

The Hesston College women’s basketball team lost 70-57 to Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb) on Saturday, Jan. 31. The Larks are 13-11.

Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 18 points, helped by a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, to lead the Hesston offense. Amanda Cockrell (Wichita, Kan.) added 10 points and five rebounds.

Hesston cut the Southeast lead to 10 with under five minutes to play after facing a 13-point halftime deficit (37-24) but couldn’t complete the comeback. Southeast held a 34-14 edge in the paint.

The Larks travel to Highland (Kan.) CC for a Region VI matchup at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Larks surge past BMC for region win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team outscored Brown Mackie College 54-21 in the second half en route to a 90-62 road win on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Trailing by five (41-36) at the break, the Larks buried BMC to pick up the Region VI win.

Amanda Cockrell (Wichita, Kan.) scored 15 points to lead Hesston, while Bethany Snow (Park City, Kan.) scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) added 13 points and Morgan Coffman (Vassar, Kan.) scored 10.

Winners of four of its last five games, the Larks host Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Second half outburst pushes Larks to win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team earned a come-from-behind 75-70 road win at Sterling (Kan.) College JV on Monday, January 26, improving its season record to 12-10.

Down 36-34 at the half, Hesston converted 17-of-30 second-half field goals (56.7 percent) to get the win. Hesston led by as many as 15 in the second half and forced 31 turnovers for the game.

Four Larks reached double figures, led by Brittany Kramer’s (Melvern, Kan.) 15 points. Amanda Cockrell (Wichita, Kan.) and Jermani Thompson (Reserve, La.) scored 13 apiece, while Sydni Carter (Muskogee, Okla.) added 10. Cockrell and Dominique Needham (Salt Lake City, Utah) each collected six rebounds.

Hesston travels to Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) for a 5 p.m. showdown with the Lions on Wednesday, Jan. 28.