Friday, December 14, 2018

Bradley stays undefeated with 20-point win over Omaha

GRAPHIC / ALEX STAAB
Omaha, Neb. - It's part of a string of day games for the Bradley Braves (8-0), as they were in the state of Nebraska to take on the Omaha Mavericks (5-5). It was also Field Trip Day at Sapp Fieldhouse in Omaha.

Things got off to a slow start, but both sides were still back and forth. Lasha Petree was just getting started for the Braves, dropping a couple of threes. The Mavericks used balanced scoring in the early portions of the game to counteract Bradley. That would work. A four-point quarter from both Rayanna Carter and Elena Pilakouta combined for eight of the Mavericks' 15 points. After 10 minutes, the Braves would be down by three.

Bradley was able to take momentum in the second quarter. In fact, not only did they take it, they ran with it as well. A 26-point quarter would turn out to be their highest-scoring quarter of the game. Petree added to her scoring total, more than doubled, not missing much from behind the arc. The freshman made two more threes and two more from the field to get 16 points at the half. Gabi Haack nearly equaled Petree's efforts. The biggest factor for the Mavericks was Josie Filer. Filer would make the most of her opportunities at the free throw line, going 4-4.

A key stat worth looking at for the first half would be that no Maverick was in double figures, while Bradley had Petree, along with Haack and Nyjah White being within a shot of the 10 point plateau. The Braves held a 38-28 lead through two quarters.

Both teams did not see all the shots they'd like fall in the third, at least comparatively with the first two quarters. One plus that worked for both sides was the aforementioned balanced scoring. While Omaha got five different players into the scoring column, Bradley did one better.

By the end of the third, Petree already had her fourth 20-point game, and there was still a quarter to go. Believe it or not, Petree still wasn't done scoring. The Braves held a 19-point lead.

The fourth and final quarter was easily Omaha's best. Pilakouta capped of her game with a six-point quarter to end up as the leading scorer for the Mavericks with 14 points.

Despite the 20+ point quarter for the hosts, the Braves managed to do even better. Petree finished an already high-scoring game with an eight-point quarter. Haack, Asia Strong, Tatum Koenig, Amber Bozeman, and White all got into the scoring column, as the Braves were able to use all 15 rostered players by game's end.

There was an error in the official scorebook. 80-60 was the correct final score, although it initially read 81-60. The Braves would finish with four players in double figures. Omaha finished a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line.

Bradley will have a couple of days without any games until traveling to Cleveland State next Wednesday.

Bradley Scoring: Lasha Petree (28), Gabi Haack (14), Nyjah White (13), Chelsea Brackmann (10), Vanessa Markert (5), Asia Strong (4), Tatum Koenig (2), Amber Bozeman (2), Ellie Spelhaug (2)

Bradley Team Stats:
FGs | 30 for 66 (45.5%)
3's | 9 for 23 (39.1%)
FTs | 11 for 15 (73.3%)
Reb | 34
Fouls | 11
Ast | 20
TO | 8
Blk | 4
Stl | 12

Bradley Individual Leaders:
FGs | Lasha Petree (9 for 16)
3's | Lasha Petree (6 for 10)
FTs | Lasha Petree (4 for 6)
Reb | Chelsea Brackmann (8)
Ast | Chelsea Brackmann (5)
Blk | Chelsea Brackmann (2)
Stl | Chelsea Brackmann & Ellisha Davis (3 each)

Bradley Next Game:
Wednesday, December 18th
@ Cleveland State Vikings
4:00 pm CST
Radio | WIRL 1290 AM
Web Stream | ESPN3

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