Ladies’ basketball struggles on the road

By Rubi Torres, staff writer

Photo courtesy of Newman UniversitySenior guard Kianna Flannagan dribbles against Arkansas last year.

Photo courtesy of Newman University
Senior guard Kianna Flannagan dribbles against Arkansas last year.

The women’s basketball team ended its early-season away game struggles by defeating Colorado School of Mines on Nov. 24.

Flannagan led the team with 18 points, while Ciabattoni added seven points and eight rebounds, freshman Naomi had six points, and Ramelb had seven points and six rebounds.

The Jets ended the game with a final score of 66-54. As a team, the Jets shot 42.9 percent and had 45 rebounds to Colorado Mines’ 38.

“I look forward to our games in the future because we are improving on the little things,” Flannagan said, “which seems to be the game-changers for us.”

The Lady Jets traveled to Emporia State Universityon Nov. 13, where senior Kianna Flannagan led the team with 17 points, senior Anna Sonka helped with 12 points, and jenior Chynna Ramelb had 11 points.

In the end the Jets fell short to the Emporia State Hornets, who are ranked No. 19 in the NCAA Division II, with a fi­nal score of 77-66.

The Jets led for the first minutes of play time, but as the Hornets applied pressure the Jets fell short for a score of 44-31 at halftime.

However, the Jets held the Hornets in the second half and had only 2 turn­overs, whereas in the first half they had 11 points from turnovers.

The Lady Jets fell short on rebounds, though, with only 20 to the Hornets’ 48.

The women were back on the road to Joplin, Mo. and faced the Lions of Mis­souri Southern State.

The Jets were again led by Flannagan, who scored 21 points. At halftime the game was tied at 27-27.

In the second half, the Lions did not hesitate to add pressure, and they soon led the game 32-27.

The Lady Jets continued to battle and were only 5 points behind with 5 min­utes of play time left.

The Lions then responded with a 9 point lead that set the rhythm for the last few minutes of the game.

Though freshman Alexandra Ciabat­toni added 16 points to the board and had 6 rebounds, and Sumayyah Muham­mad had 8 rebounds, in the end the Jets fell short 72-58.

The women next traveled to play Fort Hays on Nov. 20, and the team was led by Ramelb with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Flannagan trailed with 9 points and 4 rebounds. At the halftime mark the Jets fell behind 26-20, and in the last few minutes of play time the Fort Hays Tigers used a 19-2 run to end the game with a Tiger victory score of 66-46.

The lady Jets had a 25 percent shoot­ing average and 21 rebounds to the Ti­gers’ 15.

The struggle continued for the Jets when they traveled to Colorado last week to face Regis University.

Ramelb led the Jets with 15 points. Flannagan added nine points, along with six rebounds and five assists. Most of the first half was back-and-forth, and a rewarded free throw to Ramelb gave the Jets their first lead. However, going into halftime the Jets were tied against the Rangers 30-30.

The Lady Jets came out the second half and got their offense going, but they still could not overcome the Rangers.

The buzzer ended the game with a final score of 83-61.

The Jets had a 36.5 percent shooting average and 78.6 percent shooting off the free throw line.

The Lady Jets host McMurry Univer­sity at 5:30 p.m. today.

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