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The Jets struggled to find success on the road last weekend, dropping back-to-back contests at Texas A&M International and St. Edward’s, respectively. Both games were decided by two points. Jaray Mathews was one of three Jets to post double figures in Thursday’s 84-82 loss at TAMIU, and led Newman with 15 points and five rebounds. Chip Steven and Jarvis Jackson each added 11 points in the game. Two days later, the Jets dropped another tight game, falling 59-57 in a defensive battle at St. Edward’s. Once again, Mathews led the Jets with nine points and 14 rebounds before suffering a leg injury late in the game.
Following the two losses, the Jets are 15-7 overall, and are tied for second place with St. Mary’s with an 8-4 record in Heartland Conference play. Newman is back on the road Saturday, traveling to Jefferson City, Mo., to face its travel partner, the Lincoln Blue Tigers, in a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.
The Newman women’s basketball team dropped two games of their own last weekend, but rebounded with a 74-39 thumping of Tabor College Monday night in Fugate Gymnasium. Monique Pitts carried the Jets in both road losses. The junior transfer from Cloud County posted 17 points in the Jets’ 68-61 loss to TAMIU Thursday night in Laredo, Texas, and followed with 11 points and 12 rebounds in Newman’s 60-47 loss to St. Edward’s Saturday afternoon in Austin, Texas. While Monday night’s game didn’t count toward the Heartland Conference standings, it may have served as a confidence booster for the Jets. Hadley Freeman’s 16 points paced Newman in the blow-out win, while Jessica Forshee added 15 and Brea Teeter finished with a career-high 12 points in her first start of the season.
The Jets currently stand at 6-17 on the season, and 3-8 in Heartland Conference play. They will return play Saturday, traveling to Jefferson City, Mo., to face its travel partner, the Lincoln Blue Tigers, in a 2 p.m. tip-off.
The Jets opened their season with two impressive wins at St. Edward’s, but followed with seven-straight losses to post a 2-7 record to start the season. Kori Melo has been impressive at the plate this season, posting a .360 hitting percentage with nine hits and seven runs batted in. The Jets are scheduled for their home opener on Saturday against Lincoln, weather permitting.
Newman followed perhaps its biggest win of the year, a 24-21 win over national power Central Missouri, with one of it’s most disappointing losses of the year, a 23-19 loss at Truman State on Friday in Kirksville, Mo. Newman concludes its regular season schedule this weekend, traveling to the Oklahoma City metro area to take on Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma.