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Lopers Roll Over Blue Tigers

The Nebraska-Kearney womenís basketball team shot 57 percent from the field to beat Lincoln University, 79-62, Wednesday night at the Health & Sports Center.
Well rested after a 10-day break, the Lopers (3-4, 1-0) win its first-ever MIAA game. Meanwhile, the Blue Tigers, from Jefferson City, Mo., fall to 4-3 (0-1).
Playing Lincoln for just the second time in school history, UNK got scoring from all 12 players and shot 61% (17 of 28) in the second half to lead nearly the entire way.
Down 7-6 about four minutes in, UNK went on a 16-4 run to open up its first double digit lead. The spurt included threes by freshmen Laramey Lewis (Trenton) and Sydney Seberger (Lexington) and four straight points by junior Shelby Zimmerman (Beatrice).
The Blue Tigers, taking advantage of 27 Kearney turnovers, did hang around for a while. They closed the first half on an 8-0 run to trail 39-29 at the break. While they never got the deficit under 10 points in the second half, Lincoln also never allowed UNK to open up more than 18 point cushion.
Besides its hot shooting (33 of 58), UNK also had a plus 19 advantage on the glass, 49-30, and a plus 23 advantage in bench points, 37-14.
Leading the way was sophomore post Melissa Norman (Elk Grove, Calif.), who grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, scored 12 and blocked three shots. This also marks Normanís second double double of the young season.
Among the MIAA leaders in field goal percentage, Zimmerman did nothing to change that tonight as she made all five shots she took to finish with 12 points. She also had five rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Six others scored between four and seven points, including Lewis and Seberger. Finally, junior Reed Levings (Cottage Grove, Oreg.) came off the bench to have eight of her team-high 13 points in the first half.
Lincoln was paced by Freddie Sims (18) and Arriana Walker (13 points, five assists, five steals).
UNK is at NW Missouri State Saturday afternoon.