Arvan Wins 200th Game as Muskies Throttle Wisconsin
Jan. 14, 2004
The Lakeland College Women's Basketball Team defeated host Wisconsin Lutheran 57-45 in Lake Michigan Conference action Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
The win not only moved Lakeland (10-5 overall, 3-0 LMC) into sole possession of first place in the conference, it also gave head coach April Arvan the 200th win of her career (more later). Wisconsin Lutheran dropped to 8-7 and 2-1.
Lakeland used a balanced scoring attack to outscore the warriors 28-23 in the first half and 29-22 in the second half. Renee Steinert and Jenna Boehm had 14 points for the Muskies, while Aubri Rote added 12 and Casey Thousand chipped in with 7 points. Boehm led Lakeland with 10 rebounds.
Lakeland shot 23 of 58 from the floor (39.7%) while holding Lutheran to a 19 of 56 effort (33.9%). The difference in the game was on the boards as the Muskies had a huge 45-30 edge in the category.
The big story of the night was Arvan's 200th career victory, which comes in just her 10th season of coaching - all at her alma mater. During Arvan's first nine seasons, the Muskies averaged 21.1 wins per year and won six conference titles. Lakeland looks to be on track to win 20 games again and is a good bet to win their seventh title.
Arvan's teams have advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament three times, and have won one game in those outings, advancing to the second round in the 2001-02 season.
The young head coach has racked up a winning percentage of .787 during her tenure, good for eighth best among active Division III coaches. She has also been named the Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year four times while accumulating a 100-17 (.854) record (including this year) during regular season conference games.
Arvan, by far and away the all-time winningest coach for the Women's program, is a 1993 graduate of Lakeland College with a degree in Secondary Education. She completed her Master of Education degree from Lakeland in 1995.