Kearney, Neb. – Metro State senior post Cassondra Bratton recorded a double double, and teammate Jasmine Cervantes scored a game-high 20 points, to pace the Roadrunners to a 70-57 win over Nebraska-Kearney Friday night in Denver.
The Roadrunners (7-0, 3-0 RMAC), off to the best start in school history, remain unbeaten and beat the Lopers (3-4 2-1 RMAC) for a second straight time at the Auraria Events Center. UNK still leads the all-time series, 24-13.
Under first-year head coach Tanya Haave, the ‘Runners came into tonight allowing just 49 points per game and having a plus 19.7 rebounding margin. UNK shot a respectable 45.2 percent (19 of 42) from the field but committed 25 turnovers and were out rebounded 37-26, including an 18-7 margin on the offensive glass.
Metro never trailed, leading 36-23 at the break and having at least a nine point cushion in the second half. The Roadrunners took 21 more shots than UNK, finishing the night at a solid 42.9 percent (27 of 63) from the floor.
Bratton (5-10), a 24-year old who last played college basketball two years ago for Metro, tallied 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting while also pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds. A 5-9 junior guard, Cernvates went 6 of 13 from the field, and 8 of 10 at the line, to reach her point total. She also supplied eight assists and four rebounds. Finally for Metro, reserve guard Alyssa Benson scored 10 points thanks to 2 of 4 three point shooting.
No Loper scored in double figures but nine different players tallied between four and nine points.
Colorado Springs junior forward Vanessa Leeper had a team-high nine points, thanks to 5 of 5 free throw shooting, with freshman point guard Sarah Hix (Broomfield, Colo.) having seven points off the bench. Also playing well of the pine was Minden junior Lea Ann Jameson, who had eight points and four rebounds.
UNK plays at Regis tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. Central.