By: Brady Behrend
On Wednesday, the Coe College Men and Women’s basketball teams hosted American River Conference opponent Nebraska Wesleyan. The Kohawk women took down the Prarie Wolves 76-60, largely due to an exceptional 23-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Four players cracked double-digit scoring for the Kohawks, with Sophomore center Kaalyn Peterson posting a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double. Freshman guard Elle Walker was a spark plug off the bench, scoring 19 points and contributing four rebounds. Freshman guard Ellie Wisner put up 15 points and four assists, while Junior guard Molly Buck rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points and 4 assists. As a team, the Kohawks were very efficient from the three-point line, going 7-16 for a percentage of 43.8. They shot 24-51 total for a percentage of 47.1. On the other side, the Kohawks held the Prarie Wolves to 16.7 percent from the three-point line and 29.8 percent altogether. After this win, the Kohawks improved to a 6-11 record overall, and 3-5 in the conference.
The Kohawk men defeated the Prarie Wolves 67-53. Four players hit the double digits in scoring for the men as well. Senior forward Jarad Kruse led the Kohawks with 16 points on an efficient 2-3 from the three-point line while adding five rebounds and three assists. Kruse shot efficiently from the field as a whole, going 7-13, or 53.8 percent. Senior guard Jacob Robinson posted 12 points while adding six rebounds as well. Senior forward Ray Thrapp contributed 11 points and four rebounds, while Cael Schmitt added 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists. As a team, the Kohawks shot 34.8 percent from three-point range while shooting 44.3 percent from the field as a whole. The Kohawks held the Prarie Wolves to 27.8 percent from the three-point line and 36.8 percent from the field overall. With this victory, the Kohawks advance to 12-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference.