No. 15 MidAmerica Nazarene Wins Battle on the Boards, Defeats JBU 78-62
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (November 13, 2012) - Junior forward Kortni Barenberg knocked down a game-high 16 points but No. 15 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) escaped Bill George Arena tonight, behind 12 assists from Navia Palu and 15 points from Kiley Herold, with a 78-62 victory over John Brown (1-4).
Barenberg's 16 points came off of a 5-for-6 shooting performance, draining 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Lindsey McHenry dished out four assists while a trio of Golden Eagles finished with four rebounds each. Sophomore forward Abbie Williams chipped in 11 points, three rebounds and an assist.
The Pioneers (4-0) featured three players in double-digit points, including Kelsey Balcom's 15-point, nine-rebound performance.
MNU dominated down low, out-rebounding the Golden Eagles 51-26, converting the margin into a 46-14 points in the paint advantage.
Senior guard Anna Parrish started the game quickly with a triple, but MidAmerica responded decicively, collecting the next 11 points en route to the 11-3 lead. Junior guard Sierra Shipley's three-pointer closed the gap to two (11-9), but the Pioneers continued hitting shots, the majority off JBU turnovers, to retake a commanding 20-9 lead.
Despite forcing more turnover than it committed (11-10), JBU fell into a 10-point hole headed into the half (32-22). MNU shot decisively better in the first half than the Golden Eagles, turning in a 40.6 percent clip in comparison to John Brown's 30 percent shooting.
After Daria Sprew's field goal to open the second half, the Pioneers opened a 20-point spread, jumping to a 47-27 lead with 14:52 to go.
JBU was able to trim the deficit to 10 (55-45) after Barenberg and Warren hit two triples, bringing the MidAmerica lead to manageable margin.
MNU answered back, mounting a 24-9 run to push the lead back to 20. McHenry netted the last John Brown field goal in the paint to bring the lead back to 13 with 47 seconds left in the game.
The Golden Eagles were able to shoot at 37.9 percent in the second half, but allowed the Pioneers to shoot an impressive 52.5 percent in the second frame. Barenberg's three treys led John Brown's 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) shooting from three-point range.
"I thought our defensive scheme tonight was pretty good," said head coach Jeff Soderquist. "But giving up 22 offensive rebounds is going to make it tough for us to beat anybody. We're just not hitting shots and, in first half especially, we're passing up great shots. Our defense will only be as good as our rebounding."
JBU will now host Ecclesia (Ark.) in a Friday (Nov. 16) night matchup when the Royals travel to Siloam Springs for a 8:00 p.m. game. The Golden Eagles have already defeated Ecclesia earlier this season, handing the Royals a 82-36 defeat on Oct. 30 in Springdale.