The Raider women’s basketball team kept their undefeated record last week after a strong win over the Lancers from Mount Marty College on Tuesday, Nov. 12 as well as the Flames from the College of Saint Mary on Saturday, Nov. 16. Following these solid wins, the Raiders boasted a 6-0 record for the season.
The game against Mount Marty started strong for Northwestern as junior Sammy Blum sunk a three-pointer. As the game continued, the Raiders were able to stay ahead but not without a fight from the Lancers. Sophomore Alexis Toering led the scoring for NW with a career high of 19 points. Blum followed close behind with 17 points and freshman Emilee Danner put 15 points on the board. Sophomore Devyn Kemble and freshman Hannah Nerem each contributed 10 points for NW.
NW was 42% for three-pointers with Danner and Toering each sinking three, another career-high for Toering. Blum was able to contribute two three-pointers while Kemble contributed one. A majority of those three-pointers came at critical times when the Raiders needed three more points to keep their lead over the Lancers. The Raiders shot 68% at the free throw line.
NW consistently held their lead over Mount Marty after breaking away at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders came out on top at the end, with a final score of 90-67. NW finished the game on a high note as Toering scored a three-pointer right at the end.
The team then traveled to Omaha, Neb. on Saturday, Nov. 16 to take on the Flames from the College of Saint Mary. NW’s scoring was led by Kemble who scored a career-high 16 points. Kemble was followed by Blum with 14 points, sophomore Taylor VanderVelde with 12 points and Toering with 10 points.
NW was 40% for three-pointers with Kemble making four, Blum making two and VanderVelde making one. Once again, those three-pointers helped the Raiders maintain their lead over the Flames throughout the game. Northwestern also shot a season-high 89% for free throws to help them pull off an 83-70 win over the College of Saint Mary.
The Raiders faced the Defenders from Dordt University on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and fell to their Sioux County rival in the fast-paced game, 92-84. The Raiders play the Jimmies from Jamestown University on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Northwestern’s Bultman Center starting at 4 p.m.