Loper Basketball Teams Open Practice|
The basketball season at Nebraska-Kearney begins, Tuesday, October 15th, with the first official day of practice for NCAA Division II menís and womenís program.
Both Loper teams start the 2013-14 campaigns with exhibition games at Nebraska, the women playing in Lincoln on Sunday, November 3rd and the men taking the Pinnacle Bank Arena court the next night.
In 2012-13, the men went 7-19 (4-14) with the women posting nearly the same mark; 7-18 (4-14).
Back for the men are senior posts Mike Dentlinger (Millard North) and Kendal Glidden (Benkelman), senior guard Taylor Shipley (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), junior forward Tyler Shields (Kearney H.S.) and junior wing Ben Petersen (Minden).
A two-time All-RMAC selection, Dentlinger needs 42 points to become the 40th Loper to reach 1,000 in a career. As a junior, he came in 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game over 22 contests. Glidden, at 6-7 and 230 lbs., is UNKís largest player and had a breakthrough junior season. He played in all 26 games and led the team in field goal percentage (60.7%) while averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 boards per night.
Joining the team second semester, Shipley appeared in 12 games, averaging just under four points per game. Shields, meanwhile, sunk a team-best 58 3ís en route to averaging 10.3 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game.
Finally for the veterans, Petersen played 13 games in his first year in a UNK uniform.
The 10 newcomers are transfers Connor Beranek (Minden), Zach Clemens (Scottsbluff), Trey Moore (Papillion), Davion Pearson (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Delquan Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with the true freshmen being Nick Christiansen (Raymond), Kevin Dineen (Creighton Prep), Cory Frank (McFarland, Wisc.), Josh Lallman (Millard West) and Alex Liess (Kearney Catholic).
Beranek starred in his one season at Doane with Pearson (Central Wyoming College) and Thomas (Southeast C.C.) earning all-region accolades as sophomores. Next, Clemens and Moore were highly decorated prep players that spent last season as teammates at Western Nebraska C.C.
Finally, Frank (6-8) will join Dentlinger and Glidden as UNKís post players this year with the other freshmen all being guards.
The women, led by fourth-year head coach Kevin Chaney, have a few more familiar faces as seven players are back, including four seniors. The eight newcomers are divided evenly into four transfers and four true freshmen.
Versatile Shelby Zimmerman (Beatrice) led UNK in scoring (11.1), and was second in rebounding (5.8), last year before missing the final 13 games due to injury. Guards Nicole Arp (Kearney H.S.) and Sarah Hix (Broomfield, Colo.) have combined to appear in 149 games, scoring 629 points and handing out 266 assists.
The other senior is lefty wing Reed Levings (Cottage Grove, Oreg.), who missed all but eight games last year due to injury.
UNKís three juniors are transfers Rylie Bowser (Holton, Kans.) and Amarah Williams (St. Louis, Mo.) and returning post Queen Ohamara (Lincoln North Star).
Bowser, a 5-8 guard/forward, helped Highland (Kans.) C.C. finish fifth in the nation last winter with Williams (6-2) coming in from Division I Morgan State U. in Baltimore. She earned team MVP honors as a freshman and led Morgan in field goal percentage last year.
Ohamara battled through some injuries to play well down the stretch, finishing at 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
The four sophomores are returning guards Laramey Lewis (Tri-County H.S.) and Sydney Seberger (Lexington) with guard Koi Bradley (Nebraska Wesleyan U.) and post Chantal Thomas (Wentworth Military Academo, Mo.) transferring in.
Lewis started 23 times as a true freshman, ranking second in made threes with 22, with Seberger playing in 25 games, averaging 3.6 points an appearance. Bradley was a part of Omaha Centralís Class A state title team two years ago while Thomas (6-2) is hails from Australia.
Finally, the four first-year players are guards Alexa Hogberg (Chandler, Ariz.) and Hunter Mathieu (Crooks, S.D.) and wings Kelsey Fitzgerald (Yankton, S.D.) and Tori Payne (North Las Vegas, Nev.).