Point Lookout, Missouri – The Haskell Women's Basketball team made the conference tournament for the second straight year.
First Round - Haskell vs. Johnson & Wales University
Haskell came out ready to score in the 1st quarter and took control early with a 10 point lead. The Indians would only allow the Wildcats to score 9 point in the quarter and put up 21 points. That would soon change for the Wildcats as they went on an 11-0 run in the first 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter. Haskell would get back on track at the end of the quarter to take the lead at half up 35-29. The Indians shot 56% from the field and 33% from the 3 point line. The Wildcats shot 38% from the field and 33% from the 3 point line. Cerissa Honena-Reyes (SR/Fort Hall, ID) led the Indians with 7 points and Vanessa Maestas led the Wildcats with 9 points in the first half.
The Indians would come out trading points in the 3rd quarter looking to increase the lead. Haskell would get the lead up to 13 points but some quicks shots from the Wildcats brought the lead back within 8. In the 4th, Haskell would increase the lead as high as 21 points till the Wildcats went on a 15-2 run. Haskell would close out the game with a 72-64 win and moving on to face Indiana University Northwest. Haskell shot 50% from the field, 41% from the 3 point line and had 19 turnovers in the game. The Wildcats shot 37% from the field, 31% from the 3 point line and had 18 turnovers in the game.
Haskell was led by Tahnee Shaving (FR/Eagle Butte, SD ) with a career high 17 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal in 20 minutes. Following her was Cerissa Honena-Reyes 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist in 29 minutes in the game. Tinaya Murphy (SR/Los Lunas, NM) had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 24 minutes.
Semifinal - Haskell vs. Indiana University Northwest
Haskell come out on a 10-3 lead in the first 3 minutes of the game. The Red hawks would answer with a 17-3 run to close out the 1st quarter up 20-13. The Red hawks would continue to score throughout the 2nd quarter increasing the lead at the half up 35-23. The Indians shot 30% from the field and 30% from the 3 point line. The Red hawks shot 43% from the field and 41% from the 3 point line. Cierra Moss (JR/Neah Bay, WA) led the Indians with 6 points and Nicki Monahan led the Tigers with 12 points in the first half.
In the 3rd quarter, The Red hawks looked to control the game by increasing the lead as high as 29 points. But they would close out the quarter up 26 points 59-33. Haskell would have one more opportunity to make a run in the 4th quarter and they just did that. Haskell would cut the lead to 7 points with 1:43 left in the game. The Indians would catch some breaks with fouls and open shoots but couldn't capitalize on them in the final seconds. The Red hawks would go on and hit 4 out of 6 from the free throw to seal the game 71-64. Haskell shot 40% from the field, 36% from the 3 point line and had 24 turnovers in the game. The Red hawks shot 48% from the field, 42% from the 3 point line and had 21 turnovers in the game.
Haskell was led by Cerissa Honena-Reyes with 15 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal in 28 minutes. Following her Kortney Meat (SR/Kingfisher, OK) was 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals in 34 minutes in the game. Tahnee Shaving had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 27 minutes.
Tahnee Shaving would lead the tournament in field goal percentage at 68%, making 13 out of 19 shots from the field. Kortney Meat would lead in steals with 6 total in two games played. Finally, Justina Coriz (JR/Santa Fe, NM) would finish 4th in assists per game at 3.00.