Women’s Basketball News Archive 2015-2016

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.

Larks stumble on Nebraska road trip

The Hesston College women’s basketball team dropped an 80-52 non-region game at Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The Larks trailed 35-20 at the half after being held to less than 32 percent (6-of-19) shooting in the opening 20 minutes. Southeast poured on the offense in the second half converting on 19-of-37 shooting (51.4 percent) to put the game away.

Hesston travels to Sterling (Kan.) College JV for a 6 p.m. game on Monday, Jan. 26.

Hesston topples Colby: improves to 9-6

The Hesston College women’s basketball defeated NJCAA Div. I Colby (Kan.) CC at home on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Larks final game before Christmas break. Hesston jumped out to a 29-19 halftime lead and hung on for the 54-51 win.

Hesston’s defense held Colby to 6-for-35 (17.1 percent) from the floor in the first half as the Larks built a 10-point lead.

Morgan Coffman (Vassar, Kan.) enjoyed a breakout game, scoring a season-high 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 32 minutes. J’liyah Tillman (Muskogee, Okla.) added eight points.

The Larks head to the break with a 9-6 overall mark (1-3 in Region VI).

Larks rout Bethel; move to 8-5

The Hesston College women’s basketball team beat Bethel College JV 70-41 on Saturday, Nov. 29 to improve its record to 8-5.

Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Larks, while Dominique Needham (Salt Lake City, Utah) added eight points. Bethany Snow (Park City, Kan.) pulled down a game-high seven rebounds and added five points in the win.

Hesston led 43-23 at halftime and its bench outscored Bethel’s 25-4.

Hesston now sets its sights on a trip to Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) for a 5:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Larks rout Barclay; extend win streak to four

The Hesston College women’s basketball team downed Barclay College (Haviland, Kan.) 81-55 on Friday, Nov. 21, improving to 6-3 on the year.

Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) tallied 16 points for Hesston, while Morgan Coffman (Vassar, Kan.) added 11 points. Bethany Snow (Park City, Kan.) scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Larks, winners of four straight, held a 52-30 rebounding advantage.

Larks drop region opener to Labette

The Hesston College women’s basketball team lost its Region VI opener 81-64 at home against Labette CC on Wednesday, Nov. 12, dropping the Larks to 2-3.

J’liyah Tillman (Muskogee, Okla.) led Hesston with 13 points. Morgan Coffman (Vassar, Kan.) added 11 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 11 points.

Hesston shot 13-of-44 from the field in the first half (29.5 percent) and trailed 42-31 at the break. Labette connected on 24-of-57 field goals for the game (42.1 percent).

The Larks look to snap their three-game losing skid when they travel to Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.) for a 6 p.m. game on Friday, Nov. 14.


College thanks local community with free event

Hesston College will host its annual Community Night during early season home basketball games on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The teams will face Region VI foe Labette Community College, Parsons, Kan., with women’s tip off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. in Yost Center. Admission is free for all.

The evening will include performances from the Hesston High School dance teams, and pep bands from Hesston High and Hesston College. Free basic haircuts by 2003 Hesston College alumna Christy Pickerill of Snip n’ Clip Hair Shop, Newton, Kan., a pop-a-shot game for kids, halftime contests and Larks tattoos will add to the fun.

“We have a great evening of entertainment and athletic competition lined up,” said Director of Alumni and Church Relations Dallas Stutzman. “We hope this free event is a small way to say thanks for the support that is given to the college and its athletic programs from alumni and the community each year.”

In addition, the Admissions office will host high school students for a Faith and Sports devotional and pizza supper led by men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon at 6:30 p.m. in Bontrager Student Center on the Hesston campus. All Hesston area youth are invited, either with their church youth group or individually. RSVP to the Admissions office by Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 620-327-4221 or admissions@hesston.edu.


Hesston rolls to 2-0 start

The Hesston College women’s basketball team earned its second win in as many tries by besting Kansas Wesleyan University JV 74-61 at home on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Freshman Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 16 points aided by an 8-for-8 showing at the stripe to lead Hesston. Bethany Snow (Park City, Kan.) scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Jermani Thompson (Reserve, La.) added 10 points.

The Larks’ front court dominated the game, outscoring KWU 36-20 in the paint. Hesston shot over 45% (16-35) from the floor in the second half after entering intermission with a 34-25 lead.

The Larks compete in the Hutchinson (Kan.) CC Invite Nov. 7 to 8.

Larks cruise to 1-0 start

The Hesston College women’s basketball team kicked off its 2014-15 campaign with a 82-66 win at McPPherson (Kan.) College JV on Friday, Oct. 31.

Freshman Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 24 points to pace the Larks offense, while Taelor Drew (Wiley, Texas) added 14 points and a team-high eight assists in the win. J’liyah Tillman (Muskogee, Okla.) scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Hesston shot 45 percent (31-69) from the floor.

The Larks look to go 2-0 when Kansas Wesleyan University JV comes to Yost Center for a 6 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Nov. 5.