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PNW Top 15 Moments of 2018-19 | #12: Pride Softball Makes 2nd Straight GLIAC Tournament

PNW Top 15 Moments of 2018-19 | #12: Pride Softball Makes 2nd Straight GLIAC Tournament
Thursday, August 1, 2019
PNW Top 15 Moments of 2018-19 | #12: Pride Softball Makes 2nd Straight GLIAC Tournament

Each weekday for the next 15 days we will add a new moment to our top 15 countdown to showcase some of the greatest moments throughout the past year.

#12: Pride Softball Makes 2nd Straight GLIAC Tournament

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Making its second consecutive appearance in the GLIAC Tournament, the Purdue Northwest softball team rallied to get a win after losing to start the day at Sports Force Park. Davenport took the win over PNW 4-1 in the Pride’s first game of the day, before they avenged it with a 6-4 win over Ashland.


The Pride had the odds stacked against them as Davenport was the second-best team in the conference, and Panther pitcher Mallory Teunissen was dialed in.

The Pride were only able to muster a single hit as Teunissen struck out eight, although she did walk five Pride batters. Heather O’Kelly struck the only hit of the game for the Pride in the top of the third inning. After a strikeout to start the inning, O’Kelly smacked a triple down the right-field line.

The lone run of the first game for the Pride came in the sixth inning, as senior Tessa Steffens was able to come around on a fielding error after a ball in play from O’Kelly.

A bases-clearing double in the fourth provided the knockout punch as DU got the 4-1 victory and pushed the Pride to the consolation bracket.


The Pride needed a win to stay alive in the GLIAC tournament, and Amanda Noblett did her part to make sure exactly that happened. The Lake Central graduate made The Region proud as she blasted a solo home run to get PNW on the board first against the Eagles of Ashland.

After adding two more runs in the inning, Ashland responded with a pair of runs to cut the lead to one. In the fourth, PNW struck again. A fielders’ choice allowed Sabryna Stanley to get a run, which was followed up by a Zoee Anderson RBI single to score fellow senior Olivia Sardella. 1B Kalyn Learnard laid down a sacrifice bunt which allowed Shailen Johnson to score.

The Pride hung on and got the 6-4 win, as Courtney Blackwell got her 13th win of the season in relief. The Pride will live on to fight another day, as they will face Saginaw Valley State at 9:00 a.m. CT to kick off the second day of the conference tournament. PNW is now one loss away from elimination as they take on the Cardinals, as the Black and Gold lost the season series 3-1.

Each weekday for the next 15 days we will add a new moment to our top 15 countdown to showcase some of the greatest moments throughout the past year.

#13: Men's Basketball Defeats GLIAC Tournament Champion GVSU on Road

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The Purdue University Northwest men's basketball team (7-15) connected on 50% of its shots from downtown (18-36) and answered a late Grand Valley State run to defeat the Grand Valley State Lakers (12-10) 78-74, Thursday Night. 

Senior Chandler Spring (Covington, Ind./Covington) came off the bench with a strong 15-point performance while freshman Dean Tate (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) added 14 points including a quartet of three-point field goals. 

Franklin Nunn (Anderson, Ind./Liberty Christian) added a pair of clutch trifectas down the stretch and finished with 13 points while Tim Gilmore (Lancaster, Calif./Palmdale) notched 12 points in the victory. ​

The Pride, who played in their second contest this season on ESPN 3, came out of the gates swinging, as they connected on three consecutive three-pointers to take a 18-13 lead. The Lakers continued to trade twos for threes with PNW as they hit just 25% of their attempts from downtown. The Pride took a 13-point lead into the break.

A continuing trend for the Black and Gold has been points off turnovers, as the Pride absolutely dominated the category in the opening frame with an advantage of 15-2. The Pride also outrebounded the Lakers 17-16, something that has been their downfall this season. 

GVSU played lights out to start the second half, trimming a lead that increased to 19 with a Tim Gilmore three-pointer at the 18:31 mark of the second half. The Lakers found their shooting stroke in the second half and were able to tie the game on a Hunter Hale jumper with 11:25 remaining. GVSU even pushed the lead out to six after free throws from Hale with 5:36 left. 

Frank Nunn, who has been up and down this season with playing time, provided 22 crucial minutes off the bench and hit the lead-taking three off the kick-out from Dean Tate with just over three and a half minutes to play. Spring then provided the dagger with 2:48 to play, fading away and burying one with a defender in his face. 

Nunn ended up leading the team with six rebounds as he and Spring led the Pride with veteran leadership down the stretch. The Pride also had one of their most efficient games of the season offensively, as they committed just ten turnovers on the day. 

"How about our guys and the toughness they showed tonight?" siad Head Coach Boomer Roberts. "They were locked in mentally, and we needed all of it. We have a lot of respect for the firepower Grand Valley has, by our guys weren’t intimidated by the moment. We controlled the first half by guarding well, but they made a big run in the second half to take the lead. We talked a lot this week about handling adversity, and our guys learned from the past, choosing to respond instead of react. Dean was fantastic, Chandler, Timmy, and Lukas banged some big threes, and Frank played his best game of the year as he moved further into the rotation with Palmer unable to play. It was a testament to our culture that we’re building - we were all about love, joy, and toughness tonight. The fellas are happy, but not satisfied, so we’ll prepare and give a great Davenport team our best shot on Saturday."

Up next, PNW will stay in Grand Rapids as they take on the Davenport Panthers Saturday afternoon. That game will tip-off at 2 p.m. CT from the Student Center. 

#14: Jenna Pasko Named to GLIAC Honorable Mention Team
HAMMOND, Ind. – Purdue University Northwest volleyball senior Jenna Pasko was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention team.

Pasko ranked first on the team with a 2.49 kills/set average and second on the squad with 229 total kills. 

“Jenna is so deserving of this award and she is the perfect example of perseverance pays off,” head coach Julie Wiejak said.

“She was invaluable to our line up this year and I am so proud of her.”

Pasko also recorded 206 total digs and 47 block assists to headline the leaders for the Black and Gold this season.

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#15: Women's Basketball Hits Record High 18 Threes In Victory Over Davenport Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Purdue University Northwest women's basketball team was on fire from behind the arc as they hit a season-high 18 three-pointers and their highest since 2016 as the Pride defeated Davenport, 80-63, at DU Student Center, Saturday.

The Pride (3-18, 1-14 GLIAC) were led by freshman Kelli Damman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll)who scored 23 points, which was a career high, including five threes. Junior Bayley Goodman (Fowler, Ind./Benton Central) had a season-high 21 points and a career best seven trifectas. Sophomore Tayler Vauters (Rockville, Ind./Riverton Parke) added 16 points in the victory.

Davenport led 13-9 midway through the first period then sophomore Danielle Nennig (Wrightstown, Wis./Wrightstown) nailed a three-pointer and freshman Brittany Barnard (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) hit a running layup which helped PNW to go on a 13-6 run to end the quarter PNW leading 21-19.

PNW caught fire from three-point land early in the second quarter, after Vauters and Goodman hit back-to-back treys to give the Pride a 27-21 lead with 8:50 left in the first half. Damman and Nennig hit back-to-back buckets to put PNW ahead 35-27 with 3:45 left in the second quarter. PNW went into the halftime break leading 39-33.

After a jumper by Vauters to make it 41-33 in favor of the Pride to start the second half, DU made a 7-0 run to cut it to 1 with 7:44 left in the third quarter. PNW responded right back with a 8-0 run in the next two minutes to make it 49-40. Vauters scored the last seven points of the third quarter for either team with her three-pointer and back-to-back layups to give the Pride a 62-51 lead going into the final period.

Damman sealed the game for the Pride making consecutive three-pointers to give PNW a 68-54 lead with 8:23 in the game. Goodman hit her sixth three-pointer of the game which gave PNW a 80-63 lead under a minute left, their biggest lead of the night and the score would stand.

The Panthers (5-17, 3-12 GLIAC) were led by Jenna Falkenberg, who scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

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