GOODLAND, Kan — Northwest Tech basketball teams split their double-header on Wednesday evening against the Allen County Red Devils. The Lady Mav’s winning 79-52 while the men’s team lost 88-59.
Lady Mav’s 79 Allen County 52
Behind hot three point shooting and stifling defense Northwest Tech snapped a two-game losing streak rolling Allen County 79-52 at the Max Jones Field House.
Northwest Tech jumped out to the early lead at the end of the first quarter leading 19-14. Midway thru the second period Allen would erase what was a ten point lead for Tech to take the lead but for only just a moment. Northwest would close the half strong leading 34-28 by halftime thanks mostly to Lauryn Vieira who led the way for the Mav’s in the first half with nine points. The second half was all Northwest as the shots from the outside continued to drop and the Lady Mav’s were able to force multiple takeaway into transition points expanding their lead to 20 at the end of the thrid quarter. Tech’s lead would only get bigger from their ending with a 27 point win, 79-52.
Jada Russell & Zan White led the way in scoring for Northwest Tech. White had a game high 20 points hitting on five of her nine three point attempts. Russell also had field day from the outside knocking in four of her three point attempts to score 18 in the game. In the game Tech shot 10 of 30 from behind the arc. Lauryn Vieira was the only other Mav to get into double figures with 11 points.
The win improved Northwest Tech to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in Jayhawk league play, they will host Tabor JV on Saturday before continuing conference play at #4 Hutch on Monday. The loss for Allen County put them at 6-10 on the year.
Coach Brock Kimball Postgame:
Mavericks 59 Allen County 88
Northwest Tech knew they were going to have their hands full with the #22-ranked team coming into their house on Wednesday night but thought that despite not winning a game against a varsity team this season had a chance after playing well at Cloud this past weekend.
But the top 25 team played like it and dominated the Mavericks to the tune of 88-59.
Northwest Tech did play solid thru the first part of the first half playing strong defense and keeping the game low scoring against one of the top offensive teams in the conference. Only down 14-10 at the first media timeout Tech’s offense would sputter a bit allowing Allen to jump out to a 19 point lead right before half but thanks to two three pointers from Reece Warren the Mav’s would cut the lead down to just 13 by halftime, 40-27.
The offense did not find its footing in the second half and the lack of success led to poor defensive effort on the other end and that led to Allen pulling away to win easily 88-59. The 30 points scored in the second half were lowest of the season and the 59 points total were also a season low for the Mav’s.
Reece Warren led Northwest in both points and rebounds with 20 and nine respectably. The nine rebounds were a career high for Warren, who was the only guy to score in double figures.
The loss dropped Northwest Tech to 2-12 on the season overall and 0-7 in league play. The win for Allen County improved them to 12-4 overall. Tech is back on the floor at top-ten ranked Hutchison on Monday.