Newman Jets Update

Read the latest updates for the Newman University Jets.MEN’S BASKETBALL
The Newman men’s basketball team played just one game last week, and ended a three-game losing streak with a 94-85 win over the Lincoln Blue Tigers Saturday night in Jefferson City, Mo. Keaton Schultz led Newman with 17 points as one of six Jets to finish in double figures. Jarvis Jackson came off the bench to score 16 points, while Terrell Northington also came from the bench and added 13 points of his own. Starting in place of the injured Jaray Mathews, Will Burdette posted 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Chip Steven and Justin Berry added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
With a 16-7 overall record, and a 9-4 record in Heartland Conference play, the Jets find themselves in third place, trailing second-place St. Mary’s by half a game. Newman owns the tie-breaker with St. Mary’s should a tie occur. The Jets face their final road trip of the season this weekend, taking on Heartland Conference and NCAA Div. II provisional member Arkansas-Fort Smith Thursday night, before traveling to Dallas to take on Dallas Baptist Saturday afternoon.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Road woes continued for the Newman women’s basketball team last weekend, as the Jets dropped a 67-51 decision to the Lincoln Blue Tigers Saturday afternoon in Jefferson City, Mo. Monique Pitts and Melissa Brockleman each posted career-high scoring totals in the Jets’ 10th road loss of the season. Pitts finished with 21 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Brockleman added 16 points and five rebounds.
With the loss, the Jets dropped to 6-18 on the season, and 3-9 in Heartland Conference play. While they have not been mathematically eliminated from the Heartland Conference tournament, Newman is in a must-win situation for the rest of the season.
WRESTLING
Injuries plagued the Newman wrestling team last week, as the Jets dropped a pair of dual matches in the Oklahoma City metro area. Newman came up on the short end of a 40-10 decision at Oklahoma City University Friday afternoon, then dropped a 42-3 decision at Central Oklahoma later that evening in Edmond. Those injuries forced the Jets to forfeit matches in the 125, 133, and 285 lb. weight classes.
The Jets return to action Feb. 28-29 when they travel to Warrensburg, Mo., for the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament.
BASEBALL
Temperatures flirting with the freezing mark weren’t enough to keep the Newman baseball team off the field Wednesday, as the Jets welcomed MIAA foe Pittsburg State to McCarthy Field. Newman rallied from an early deficit to take the lead, only to watch Pitt State rally back to win the game, 8-7. Zach Biery (0-2) was tagged with the loss in the Jets’ home opener. Newman will board the bus for the third time in four weeks this weekend, traveling to San Antonio, Texas to take on St. Mary’s in a three-game weekend series. This weekend’s games were originally scheduled to be played in Wichita, but were moved to San Antonio due to weather concerns. In return, the April 9-10 series with St. Mary’s, originally scheduled to be played in San Antonio, will be played at McCarthy Field in Wichita.
MEN’S TENNIS
The Newman men’s tennis team opened its spring campaign Saturday with a 9-0 shutout win over Kansas Wesleyan. The Jets followed that with a 0-7 loss to cross-town rival and NCAA Div. I power Wichita State Tuesday afternoon at Genesis Health Club. The Newman No. 1 doubles tandem of Chris King and Jimmy Dunseith gave WSU’s No. 1 doubles team all they could handle, but came up just short in an 8-6 loss.
The Jets are back in action Friday when they host Barton County Community College in a 1 p.m. match at Genesis Health Club.
WOMEN’S TENNIS
The Newman women’s tennis team opened its spring season by holding off an upstart Kansas Wesleyan team for a 5-4 win Saturday at Riverside Tennis Center. Wichita State transfer Laryssa Ferreira cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over her KWU opponent and helped the Jets win their first match of the spring season.
The Jets are back in action Friday when they host Barton County Community College in a noon match at Riverside Tennis Center. The Newman women will play their first Heartland Conference match of the season Saturday, hosting Lincoln at 3 p.m. at Riverside Tennis Center.
SOFTBALL
The Newman softball team will have to wait another two weeks to play its first game. The Jets were scheduled to play this weekend at the South Central Shootout, hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla., but lingering effects from last week’s winter storm that swept through southern Oklahoma have forced the event to be cancelled. The Jets will now open their season March 5 at Incarnate Word in San Antonio.



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