Free throw shooting is an art that takes a lot of practice and the Nebraska-Kearney basketball teams are very good at it. So far, the Loper men rank third in Division II in team free throw percentage at 81.8 percent while the UNK women are at 77.1 to be tied for the 12th spot nationally. There is only other Division II school with both its men’s and women’s teams in the top 12, Bemidji State of Minnesota, where their men are ranked first and their women sixth.
Of the 10 Loper men that average 10 minutes per game, nine shot 75.0 percent or better from the line with junior wing Max Froehlich (87.8 pct./36 of 41) and freshman guard Tim Billingsley (87.5 pct./14 of 16) being the leaders to date.
The Loper women have nine players getting 10 minutes a night and five shoot 83 percent or better with junior wings Lea Ann Jameson (90.0 pct./9 of 10) and Vanessa Leeper (88.6 pct./31 of 35) ranking first and second on the team.
UNK closes out the first semester this weekend with road games at Colorado Mines (Friday) and Colorado Christian (Saturday). The teams will then get a full week off before returning to practice Dec. 27th in preparation for games January 2nd (Adams State) and January 3rd (Fort Lewis).