UNIVERSITY PARK, Illinois. – Taylor Kurtz delivered a buzzer-beating basket on a putback to lift the Waldorf College women's basketball team past Governors State University in a 100-98 overtime victory on Tuesday.
"It's a good win for the team since we have had so many close games not go our way this season," Waldorf coach Katie Schutjer said.
The Warriors (2-20) led 23-18 at the end of the first quarter and went in front by as many as 10 points while building a 47-38 halftime advantage.
Shooting 17-of-35 (48.6 percent) from the field and 6-of-8 (75 percent) from 3-point range in the first half, Waldorf was in control. The Warriors remained in front, 69-57 after three quarters. They shot 43.2 percent for the game, going 32-of-74 from the floor and 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) behind the arc.
Waldorf continued its solid shooting performance and raced to a 74-59 lead with 6 minutes, 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
"We shot the ball extremely well, which is why we were able to have a good lead in the second half," Schutjer said.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Illinois – The Waldorf College men's basketball team earned a 103-96 overtime victory during Tuesday's matchup against Governors State University.
Governors State (4-19) entered Tuesday's contest averaging 80.4 points per game on offense. The Jaguars used their fast-paced offense to score transition points and take Waldorf (15-9) into overtime. The Warriors reeled off 11 unanswered points in overtime and outscored the Jaguars 13-6 during the extra period.
"They definitely played well," Waldorf coach Nigel Jenkins said. "They scored a lot of points in transition on us, but I'm really happy that we found a way to pull the win out."
Six players scored in double figures for the Warriors.
Waldorf's Erik Brewer turned in a team-high 23 points. The 6-foot-6 senior forward from Las Vegas converted 9-of-18 (50 percent) shots from the field and knocked down all five of his free-throw attempts.
Isaiah Curry recorded a double-double for Waldorf with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Clermont, Fla. also racked up a career-high four blocks.
FOREST CITY – Following two school-record performances for the Waldorf College men's track and field team last weekend, Isaiah Craig has landed North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week honors.
Craig, who was announced as NSAA Indoor Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, improved upon his own school records in both the triple jump and high jump during last weekend's Dennis Young Classic at Storm Lake. The freshman from Apple Valley, Minn. won the collegiate triple jump championship with a mark of 12.66 meters (41 feet, 6.5 inches). Craig earned a runner-up finish in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.95 meters (6 feet, 4.75 inches).
Securing fourth in the long jump, Craig produced a personal-best record as he leaped to a measurement of 6.34 meters (20 feet, 9.75 inches).
NSAA Players of the Week
FOREST CITY – Erik Brewer earned North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Player-of-the-Week honors after averaging 22 points a game and guiding the Waldorf College men's basketball team to a 3-0 record last week.
Brewer, who was announced as the NSAA Player of the Week on Monday, started the week with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists as he helped the Warriors (14-9) to an 82-57 home win over Clarke University (12-11) last Monday. The 6-foot-6 senior forward from Las Vegas shot 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from the field and knocked down all four of his free-throw attempts.
On Thursday, Brewer poured in a game-high 28 points and handed out three assists in a 99-92 win over Mount Mercy University (18-6) at Cedar Rapids. The Mustangs entered the matchup ranked No. 20 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II poll and had no answer for Brewer, who shot 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from the floor, 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range and 4-of-5 (80 percent) at the charity stripe.
Brewer provided 19 points, seven boards and two assists as Waldorf brought down No. 18 Bellevue University (17-8, 5-2) in an 85-81 overtime victory during Saturday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) contest at Forest City. He connected on 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) field-goal attempts and hit 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) foul shots as the Warriors improved to 5-6 in the NSAA standings.
Closing out the week, Brewer averaged six rebounds and 2.7 steals. He shot 51.1 percent, going 24-of-47 from the floor, 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) behind the arc and 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) at the foul line.
Brewer becomes the third Waldorf player to garner NSAA Player-of-the-Week recognition this season. Senior teammate Tyler Parrish earned the honor on Jan. 11 and junior teammate June Prowell has been named the conference's player of the week twice.
This season, Brewer is leading Waldorf in scoring with 17.7 points a game. He's averaging 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Brewer is currently shooting 45.1 percent (132-of-293) from the field, 37.5 percent (36-of-96) from downtown and 90-of-113 (79.6 percent) at the charity stripe.