Entering the Dec. 7 contest, the Blackburn women’s basketball team were on the wrong end of a five game losing streak, dropping those contests by a combined score of 407-288 and racking up 150 turnovers. Unfortunately for the Beavers, the trend would continue against Nebraska Wesleyan.
Nebraska jumped out to a 6-0 started and appeared to immediately gather all of their momentum right from the tip off. But Blackburn composed themselves and found their footing to prevent Nebraska from extending the lead much further.
The Beavers hung around until the end of the first quarter when their opponents quickly turned an 18-13 point lead into a 35-19 point lead in just over five minutes of game time. While Blackburn continued to try a make a run of their own it seemed that for every shot they made, their opponents made two.
Blackburn dropped the matchup against Nebraska Wesleyan by a final score of 87-47. Freshman point guard Kate Smith led the Beavers in scoring with seven points along with five assists. Freshmen Jenna Dudra and Kaylee Pedigo and junior Gariel Pierce each contributed six points. Dudra also gave the team much to be excited about for the future as she showed off her tremendous instincts, accumulating seven steals, four shy of the school record set back in 1992 by Karen Tuttle.