Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bradley Women's Basketball wins in lone Exhibition

Bradley's Nyjah White and Quincy's Alexa Low jump at the opening tip of Saturday's exhibition game.
PHOTO / ALEX STAAB
Peoria, Ill. - It had been awhile, but it was finally time to unofficially tip off the Bradley Women’s Basketball season, as the Braves welcomed the Hawks from Quincy University for an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon.


Things did not get off to an optimal start for the Braves. Although they were leading, Quincy was able to stay close. The visiting Hawks were using the power of the three-ball early, and Bradley, at least early on, didn’t seem to have an answer for it. Quincy was within 24-18 of the Braves after 10 minutes.

When it came time for the second quarter, the Braves were able to give the Hawks a taste of their own medicine, using two threes from Gabi Haack. It was the free throw shooting for Bradley that also proved to be key in the second. The Braves attempted 12 of their 28 free throws in that period. In fact, Ellisha Davis, Aannah Interrante, Chelsea Brackmann, and Shunseere Kent each made all of their attempts from the charity stripe.

A key play just before the halftime buzzer not only gave the Braves an even more comfortable lead at the break, but they also had even more momentum. Kent, on an aggressive drive to the basket, drew a foul on Quincy, and converted the bucket. She would then go to the free throw line and get the old-fashioned three-point play. Bradley would lead 53-37 at half.

The Braves somewhat calmed down in the third quarter, and, to a degree, so did Quincy. The Hawks only mustered a two and a three in the quarter, while going 8-10 from the stripe. Taylor Hickey went a perfect 4-4.

On the other side, Nyjah White had one of her best quarters of the game for Bradley. The sophomore hit three two-pointers on her way to having 16 points, which wound up being her final scoring total. With just a quarter to go, Bradley would now have a 20+ point lead.

The balanced scoring would continue for Bradley in the fourth, with four Braves hitting the scoring column. The Braves were able to continually work the bench players in and out, as six total players saw action in all four quarters. Tatum Koenig and Vanessa Markert both played all quarters off the bench.

Despite it being another closely-contested quarter scoring-wise, the Braves pulled away and took the victory in their lone exhibition game of the 2018-2019 season, 91-62.

WATCH: Full postgame interviews with Bradley Coach Andrea Gorski, Nyjah White, Shunseere Kent, Ellisha Davis, and Quincy Head Coach Jeni Garber. (CLICK HERE)

Bradley Scoring: Shunseere Kent (16), Nyjah White (16), Gabi Haack (14), Chelsea Brackmann (10), Vanessa Markert (8), Ellisa Davis (7), Tatum Koenig (6), Asia Strong (5), Lasha Petree (4), Ellie Spelhaug (3), Aannah Interrante (2).

Bradley Statistical Leaders:
Field Goals | Nyjah White & Shunseere Kent (7 each)
Threes | Gabi Haack (3)
Free Throws | Ellisha Davis (5-8)
Rebounds | Chelsea Brackmann (11)
Assists | Nyjah White & Ellisha Davis (3 each)
Blocks | Nyjah White & Lasha Petree (1 each)
Steals | Nyjah White (4)

Bradley Team Stats:
Field Goals | 31 for 70 (44.3%)
Threes | 5 for 24 (20.8%)
Free Throws | 24 for 28 (85.7%)
Rebounds | 58
Fouls | 23
Assists | 16
Turnovers | 17
Blocks | 2
Steals | 12

Next Up:
Saturday, November 10th
7:00 pm tipoff
Watch | ESPN3
Listen | 1290 AM WIRL

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