(Peru, Neb.) – It was a must win for the Peru State women's basketball team on Saturday when they hosted #19 William Penn (WPU) (Iowa) for senior day action.
For the first half, the 'Cats hung with the Statesmen and only trailed by one. However, William Penn outscored the Bobcats 48-29 in route to the 76-56 win.
WPU is now 23-6 on the year and are 19-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State finishes its 2019-20 campaign with a 12-16 season mark and 10-14 in conference play.
The Bobcats needed the win to potentially get into the Heart's post-season tournament.
The 12 wins was the most for a Bobcat women's team since the 2012-13 season when Peru State won 14. The ten wins in the conference was the most since the 'Cats joined the Heart nine years ago.
First Quarter Action

Alyssa Marsh-Contreras
Alyssa Marsh-Contreras
scored 23 points

Anjanea Simms (St. Louis, Mo.) hit the first bucket of the game off an assist from Giovanna Silva (Brasilia, Brazil). After the Statesmen tied it, Silva hit a bucket in the paint off an assist from Brooke Maeda (Honolulu). Once again WPU would tie it, but after that point the Bobcats went on a 12-0 run.
Maeda found Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (Omaha) who hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back (yes, four times) treys and suddenly the 'Cats were up 16-4.
Peru State would maintain the lead for the rest of the quarter as a bucket by Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) finished the quarter with the Bobcats leading 21-10.
Second Quarter Action
Marsh-Contreras extended Peru State's lead to start the quarter with a bucket to make it 23-10. William Penn would go on an 18-4 run to take a one-point lead into halftime.
Third Quarter Action
The Statesmen would hit a pair of treys to start the second half to lead by seven at 34-27. With 6:49 left in the quarter, Marsh-Contreras drained another three-pointer on an assist from Maeda to cut the deficit to four. That would be the closest Peru State would be the rest of the contest although the 'Cats held WPU to a single-digit lead until 13 seconds left in the quarter. Cudney would put a bucket in with one second on the clock and the 'Cats only trailed by eight at the break 52-44.
Fourth Quarter Action
A pair of buckets by William Penn started the final quarter and the Statesmen led 56-44. Cudney sunk a pair of free throws to get the 'Cats on the board before WPU hit another bucket. With 6:48 left in the game, Nytasia Braxton (Camden, N.J.) hit a trey off an assist from Simms to pull the Bobcats back within nine at 58-49.
Five straight points put the Statesmen up for good by double digits. William Penn would outscore the Bobcats 17 to 7 the rest of the way on their way to the 76-56 win.

Team Statistics 

Claire Cudney
Claire Cudney had
13 points and 
seven rebounds

William Penn was hot from the floor, but not from long range. The Statesmen made 29 of 57 field goals for 50.9% which included hitting just 3 of 16 from behind the arc for 18.8%. At the free throw line, WPU went 15 of 22 for 68.2%. Peru State did not have one of its better nights from the floor as they had many shots contested. The 'Cats made 17 of 51 field goals for 33.3% which included making 7 of 19 from behind the three-point line for 36.8%. At the charity stripe, the Bobcats made 15 of 21 for 715.4%.
The much taller Statesmen only had a slight rebounding edge as they grabbed 31 compared to 27 for Peru State. The Bobcats dished out 11 assists while WPU finished with eight.
The 'Cats finished the contest with 14 turnovers while William Penn had eight. Both teams blocked one shot and each team had four steals.
Peru Individual Statistics
Marsh-Contreras had a team-high 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting while Cudney finished with 13 points – seven of which came from the free-throw line.
Cudney led the team with seven rebounds while Maeda grabbed six. Simms contributed five boards.
Maeda dished out five assists while Silva and Marsh-Contreras each had two.
Cudney was credited with the block.
Simms and Marsh-Contreras each grabbed two steals.
Season Concluded
With the loss, the 2019-20 campaign is completed. Peru State loses six seniors after today – Silva, Simms, Cudney, Maeda, Allison Tichy (Bellevue), and Olivia Bell (Auckland, New Zealand)