No. 12 Northeastern State hangs on
RiverHawks’ Fraley leading scorer with 19 points
LEBANON, Ill. -- McKendree hung with No. 12 Northeastern State University on Monday night, but couldn't complete the upset and fell 64-56.
Caty Ponce led McKendree with 18 points, while Brittany Willis contributed 12 points in the loss.
The RiverHawks jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, only for the Bearcats to cut the deficit to 7-5 following a jumper by Emily Woodland and a 3-pointer by Ponce on consecutive possessions.
NSU countered and built its lead back to seven, only for the Bearcats to come back and take an 18-16 lead with eight minutes left in the half.
The teams battled to a stalemate and headed into the break knotted 29-29.
McKendree struck first in the second half and took a 31-29 lead following a jumper by Woodland, but NSU steadily built a 43-36 lead. The Bearcats outscored the RiverHawks 11-3 over the next eight minutes and held a 47-46 lead after two free throws by Ponce.
McKendree kept the game close and trailed 54-52 with 3:15 remaining, but NSU was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line down the stretch to escape with the win and improved to 13-1 overall.
Megan Fraley led all players with 19 points for the RiverHawks, while Taylor Lewis and Cristy Nitz each scored 15 points.